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Jake Ellenberger Hasn’t Forgotten About You, Jake Shields

(Does this look like  a dude who should be deprived of what he wants? Pic: Sherdog)

As avid readers of our keen, in-depth statistical analysis, we know that you know that we know that Jake Ellenberger is currently riding a four-fight win-streak in the UFC.  After going to Toronto and knocking out short-notice opponent Sean Pierson (just like we told you he would) last month Ellenberger remains undefeated since his split decision loss to Carlos Condit in his Octagon debut (a fight he appeared to be on his way to winning before gassing out) way back in September, 2009. Now that he’s home in Nebraska rehabbing the hand he broke on Pierson’s face, Ellenberger is going back to basics, returning to a strategy he adopted some months ago: Trying to trash-talk his way into a fight with Jake Shields.

Except here’s the difference: If not for that original loss to Condit at UFN 19, people might just be talking about a 5-0 (in the UFC) Jake Ellenberger as a potential top candidate to get a welterweight title shot one of these days soon. So now that Ellenberger is soaring and the Shields hype-wagon has been slowed a bit by his do-nothing performance against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 129, maybe this booking wouldn’t seem so crazy. Hmmmm?

In fact, Ellenberger strikes us as sort of a perfect opponent for Shields at this point. Shields has long been considered one of the top welterweights (and maybe one of the top middleweights) on the planet, but before coming to the UFC he spent the last couple of years feasting on lesser competition in Strikeforce. Since his arrival in the Octagon, he frankly hasn’t seemed all that spectacular. Meanwhile, Ellenberger has been steadily climbing the ranks. We’re seeing a classic litmus-test situation for both fighters here.

As for Shields’ recent loss to GSP, Ellenberger tells this week that he hasn’t even watched it yet. He says he will, but it sounds like he’ll do it more out of professional obligation than anything else.

“Will I watch it? Probably,” he said. “But I bet it’s going to go exactly the way that I thought. If they do make that match and me and Jake get to fight, he’s not a hard guy to figure out. I feel like I can beat him right now.”

You may remember that Ellenberger began singling out Shields as far back as November of last year, immediately following the former Strikeforce champ’s underwhelming promotional debut against Martin Kampmann. Ellenberger took his beef with Shields to (we mean, where else) Twitter and bombed away with such gems as: “Jake Shields, you’re as exciting as watching a bowl of mash potatoes get cold …Your days are numbered” and “Jake Shields’ cardio won’t be a factor if he fights me next. I won’t keep him around long enough to get tired.”

It’s too bad the UFC wasn’t offering cash bonuses for creative tweeting last year, are we right? Are we right?

Anyway, instead of giving Ellenberger (then just 2-1 in the UFC) what he wanted, the UFC teased him with a bout against Jon Fitch – only to give Fitch a chance at BJ Penn instead — before ultimately allowing him to whoop up on Carlos Eduardo Rocha and then Pierson (as an injury replacement for Brian Foster). Somewhere in there, Ellenberger reportedly lost his job as an assistant wrestling coach when the University of Nebraska-Omaha announced it would cut that sport while making the jump to Division I.  It’s unknown if Ellenberger will be one of the coaches retained as most of the program (including the head coach and many of the athletes) decamps for Maryville University in St. Louis.

Signs point to no, since he’s talking like a guy who’s looking for a big pay day. Either way, it’s pretty clear what he really wants. Now it just remains to be seen if he gets it.

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Mongrel- May 17, 2011 at 7:42 am
Everyone thought Edgar vs Maynard would be a terribly boring fight.
I would honestly love to see how Shields stacks up against Fitch. They're the two most boring fighters of all time in any sport, strangely enough though, I think the fight would somehow work.
SnackDaddy- May 17, 2011 at 6:42 am
I don't care what anyone says, but Shield's has terrible stand-up. His punches lack any power what so ever and he kicks like a girl. On top of that, the guy couldn't take GSP down once. I just can't get over that. And he's supposed to be the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioner in the division. Frankly, Jake doesn't impress me much. I'd pretty much give any of the top UFC welterweights a chance over him.
joshuan29- May 17, 2011 at 4:45 am
I bet that "coward" was so scared of Mayhem since just months before he dominated his ass for five rounds. And by the way, Shields had just gotten one of the biggest wins of his career, and Mayhem shouldn't have even been in there interupting the interview....
KarmaAteMyCat- May 17, 2011 at 1:19 am
209 Nutthuggers? Really? Shields finally has his Weight cut down for 170lbs he wont be emaciated like he was in the Martin Kampman fight. Everyone likes to cry wolf, nutthuggers and Keyboard warrior like it's going out of style but the fact remains that guys like Fitch and Shields have only lost to one guy in a very long time. Which pretty much leaves only one real match up to discern the Number 1# for the Welterweight title. It's fucking hilarious to see people cry Nutt-hugger when someone likes guys like Shields or Diaz because you never hear it when people talk about Melendez. Hypocrites come in all shapes and sizes retard but thanks for trying so hard.
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The Highest Primate- May 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm
Shields is a fucking bitch, anyone who dog-shots someone from a group (like he did to Mayhem) is a cowardly cunt. I hope Ellen'sBurger fucks him up. Boring as fuck to watch, boring as fuck to listen to.. no thanks
joshuan29- May 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm
You literally need to take off from work tomorrow and go to the optometrist if you thought Shields looked scared of GSP. It was quite the opposite, GSP looked scared of Shields even though he's far more well rounded. He outpoointed Shields but was unable and unwilling to do any thing else with Shields. He hit him with 1-2 and didn't follow up the entire night. Even when he knocked Shields down GSP with his scared ass wouldn't follow through because he is so scared of Shields jitsu. Shields took his crappy striking and basically stood toe to toe with GSP for five rounds. GSP is the most talented fighter out there, but has zero heart and killer instinct, and hasn't had it since Serra ko d him.
ccman- May 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Honestly. Sheild got the "fight he dreamed about" and had no plan, no aggression, and looked afraid of GSP. As much flack as GSP took, I have something you want you better come take it. Sheilds looked scared. If I fought in that weight class I would be calling him out for his 3rd loss too (kampman beat sheilds as readily as rua took machida in 1)
Gladheateher- May 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm
The 209 nuthuggers have spoken
Get Off Me- May 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm
I think Fitch should fight Shields next on the Undercard of and upcoming fight night.
Shields is such a bad match for Ellenberger, it's like throwing bucket of water on the hibachi. Ellenberge got schooled in the first by De Rocha on the ground, Shields would bet able to get that fight to the ground and win it on the cards everytime.
Merlin- May 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm
He is Future Champ, I guarantee it!
Kid Clam Curtains- May 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm
Ellenberger is a beast. I think he'd do well against Shields personally.
joshuan29- May 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Shields> the rest of the welters in the UFC besides GSP. Eillenberger probably doesn't stand a chance here. But IMO Shields should've moved to middleweight in the UFC, because he matches up better with Silva than GSP. He has the chin to weather Silva's striking, and the ability to take him down and stay on top. Like a hybrid of Henderson and Sonnen, but with much more subs/sub defense, and a little less striking.
monkyspunk- May 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm
damn, why are all of today's articles so long? Is the editor on vacation of something?
Tai-Pan- May 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Jake on Jake crime. It would be a solid fight and makes sense at this point. Ellenburger has been pretty impressive in all his fights that I've seen. If Shields can sub this guy he belongs at the top of the division. Should be a good fight, well for any fight Shields is in anyway.