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Jake Ellenberger Tries to Trash-Talk His Way Into Jake Shields Fight, Gets Jon Fitch Instead

(In case you’ve completely forgotten what he looks like, this is Jake Ellenberger.)

Immediately after Jake Shields notched an ugly decision win over Martin Kampmann at UFC 121, welterweight vet Jake Ellenberger logged onto Twitter and started posting short-message bombs directed at the former Strikeforce champ. Highlights included, "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."

(As cheap as it is for Ellenberger to talk smack over Twitter — without even including ‘@jakeshieldsajj‘ in his posts so that Jake will actually see them — we have to commend him for being the first MMA fighter in Twitter history to understand the difference between "you’re" and "your." Okay, nerdy grammar rant over.)

Since Ellenberger is just 2-1 in the UFC with wins over fellow mid-packers Mike Pyle and John Howard, we didn’t think for a second that he’d get Jake Shields pulled from his impending title fight just on the strength of his eDisses. And he didn’t. Instead, Ellenberger got a fight against Jon Fitch.

According to MMA Junkie, Ellenberger will step into the Octagon against Jon Fitch at UFC 126 (February 5th, Las Vegas). Fitch, who most recently picked up his fifth-consecutive unanimous decision victory against Thiago Alves at UFC 117, previously suggested that he should get the winner of Shields vs. Kampmann; his request, like so many others before it, was denied. As for Ellenberger, his request for a top 5 opponent with a frustrating tendency to just grab and hang onto his opponents has been approved, even though he’s getting Fitch instead of Shields. Such is the power of Twitter. Though let’s be honest, the UFC was never going to book a co-headliner between two guys named "Jake."

Ellenberger is certainly a step down the ladder for Fitch, and I wonder if the UFC will continue to throw him guys outside of the top 10 until he manages to finish one of them. Since Ellenberger is a skilled wrestler who’s only been stopped once in 28 fights (a 2007 submission loss to Delson Heleno), it’s unlikely that this will be the fight that breaks Fitch’s streak

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Mr_Misanthropy- November 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm
I have a ban going on letting other peoples' policies affect my day to day activities.
Mofo- November 2, 2010 at 8:09 am
Watch out with that nerdy grammar stuff.

You're gonna get some douche saying:

"I believe Ellenberger meant: 'Jake Shields, YOUR as exciting as watching a bowl of mash potatoes get cold... YOU'RE days are numbered'"

Morons are very touchy about their stupidity.
Kuch- November 2, 2010 at 12:05 am
The only exciting fight Fitch has had was when he lost to GSP. He hasn’t stepped up his game since that point so there is nothing to warrant a rematch.
fatbellyfrank- November 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm
I need to get a life, I'm only on this thread cause I'm bored at work, and now I'm gonna submit a comment that says Fitch, Shiels, Ellenberger boring, might just play hacky sack with my scrotum, see if that brightens up the afternoon
itsgalf- November 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm
oh I thought that was Rich Franklin
Patrick- November 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm
Congratulations on the "you're", but they're mashED potatoes, not "mash potatoes".
djp1988- November 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm
Agreed, Jake Shieldzzz is not a meme.
Almost North- November 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm
Yeah Mr Mister we have an unofficial ban going on that z shit. Played out homie.
djp1988- November 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm
I lol'd at Ben Stein.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm
Dang I just came to. I must have blacked out... where am I?...wasn't I reading an article on Cagepotato? Oh yeah look, here it is, something about Jake Ellenberger, Jon Fitch, and Jake Shieldzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Almost North- November 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Same great boredom, half the calories.
cecils_pupils- November 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm
The larger picture is this: if you try to trash talk your way into a fight you just might get the human blanket as your punishment.
djp1988- November 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Agree with ghostboner and steampunk at the top.

He's basically fighting Diet Jake Shields.
BryanF- November 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Talk like a fitch, you gon' get treated like a fitch
That Guy- November 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Instead of feeding Fitch lower ranked guys until he finishes someone I think the UFC is looking for him to eventually lose to one. When that happens they can cut him using the old "he lost to a guy no one's heard of" excuse thus solving their Fitch problem.
agentsmith- November 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm
Oh sure, he knows your/you're, but does he know there/they're/their?
steampunk22- November 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

In regards to GSP vs Fitch 2, I think you mean a "BLAND-aid".

BryanF- November 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm
jon fitch is like warm air in the middle of an 8 AM Western Civics lecture...ZZZZZ
mDino- November 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm
jon fitch is a walking snuggie. he blankets people to sleep. so is shields. that is all, now lets move on please.
RwilsonR- November 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm
@ Almost North - It is very hard to distinguish Fitch/Shields as separate fighters anymore. Same shit every time. They are kind of like the Ken and Ryu of MMA... except if you did a quarter-circle forward plus 'Fierce' with Fitch or Shields, instead of a hadouken they would mount the guy and hump until time ran out.
Fried Taco- November 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm
You missed a link for your article:
thebassmaster- November 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm
I hope Ellenberger wins
jgrant- November 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm
Ellenberger will finish what Mike Pierce started.
Almost North- November 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm
Something tells me this will look exactly like the Shields match-up would have. That something is every fight Fitch and Shields have had in the last 3 years.
ChrisH- November 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm
Ellenberger is actually one of the better fighters at welterweight right now, more people need to hop on his bandwagon.