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Maybe Jake Ellenberger Should Have Gotten the Bright Idea to Ask For the Fitch Fight

(Jake Ellenberger, seen here working for his money like a sucker.)

Those among us who aren’t pro fighters might think that Jake Ellenberger got a pretty sweet deal today. Because Ben Saunders volunteered to step in for Thiago Alves against Jon Fitch on late notice, Ellenberger now doesn’t have to do any work on Saturday night, and yet he still gets paid as if he had fought and won. Seems like a clear-cut ‘Nice, Playa‘ situation if we ever saw one.

But according to what he told Cagewriter, Ellenberger is still a little bummed about training for weeks just to end up a spectator in Newark this weekend:

"I was disappointed. Ben Saunders asked for the fight, Dana liked that, so our fight took a backseat. …It took me by complete surprise."

We hadn’t thought about it that way, but this is a little bit of a dick move by Saunders. He jumps up, says ‘pick me, pick me,’ gets a bigger fight and lavish praise from the boss, while Ellenberger kind of gets screwed for minding his own business and focusing on the fight he signed up for.

But, it’s like my great-grandfather used to say: “The only way to climb to the top in this world is to step on other people’s faces, especially if they’re just lousy Scots anyway."  He had a lot of weird hang-ups about the Scots, now that I think about it.

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rearnakedchickenchoke- March 26, 2010 at 5:57 am
I don't think he's disappointed about getting paid, people. If you bust your ass preparing for something and in the end it doesn't happen, it's always a bit of a psychological letdown. He should keep in shape and be ready to jump into a fight at one of the upcoming events though and he can double his paycheck.
FowlBeast- March 26, 2010 at 5:06 am
Sorry I don't read Cage potato every 5 Min., This is the first I'm hearing of this B.S. I've been too busy coming up with witty retorts for everybody's posts.
ghostboner- March 26, 2010 at 4:49 am
SO, I was going to give Alves the edge in this one. Now we get to watch Fitch give Saunders a good ol' Mid-Western Mat Molest...... Wait, oh, uh, shoot. Looks like someone beat me to the punch on this one. Well If it ain't Scott...Ah nevermind.
FowlBeast- March 26, 2010 at 4:46 am
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FowlBeast- March 26, 2010 at 4:45 am
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FowlBeast- March 26, 2010 at 4:43 am
FowlBeast- March 26, 2010 at 4:41 am
I was going to give Alves the edge in this one. Now we get to watch Fitch give Saunders a good ol' Mid-Western Mat Molesting. Well at least he won't look like Rocky from Mask Sunday morning, Ellenberger Packs some power in those Meat hooks.

If it ain't Scottish, it's Crap!!
David_Banner- March 26, 2010 at 4:26 am
I get Jake feeling a little upset but he should realize Dana really wants to see Fitch get beat up, and thats just not going to happen if Fitch isnt fighting.

Its also worth mentioning the UFC does take care of fighters that have to move to the back burner, but not if they complain to the press about how unfair life is. You see, the UFC pays Trolls to search the internet, searching for those that would cause trouble for the King and his Court. Once discovered, you are marked and life becomes tuff. The sports top paying sponsors mysteriously stop calling, you find punches or kicks you've taken to your face on pre-fight highlight reels. Dana stops talking to you and after weeks of cold shoulders and unresponded emails and phone calls to Joe Silva, your agent calls and says the UFC has cut you.

Life in the UFC.

MF Joel- March 26, 2010 at 2:49 am
I think the possibility nobody's considering here is that what Ellenberger says and what Ellenberger thinks might be different. How much good would it have done his career if he'd said:

'Woop woop! Free money. I wish this happened every fight. See you in the champagne room, bitches, I'll be the one with an unbruised face.'

ghostboner- March 25, 2010 at 11:24 pm
So Saunders gets to fill in. I have to wonder, WTF, was Epic Beard Man busy that night? Was he attending someone's parking lot sale where they give away free hot dogs and soda or what cause I'm calling bullshit if he didn't get the call first.
LargeMidget- March 25, 2010 at 11:23 pm
Granted it will probobly take him a year to see the money.
LargeMidget- March 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm
@omunto - exactly, 5-7 days for the average weight cut. Ellenberger actually does happen to be a small welterweight also. He probobly got the news just as he was starting to get the munchies.
ghostboner- March 25, 2010 at 11:20 pm
@BryanF - I read you comment and then i pooped my pants. From laughter, not from any relation to Tim Sylvia.

@Douchey McDoucher - Good call. you should be Ellenberger's manager. That is what he should do. Assuming Thiago is ok.

budsellers- March 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm
naw playa! jake took the money and ran straight to the restaurant.

if he wanted to make a move like that, even after getting ditched by saunders, he could have kept trim and offered to travel to charlotte or abu dhabi as a possible replacement; instead of stuffing his face today as documented by tracy lee.
fingerssfv- March 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm
Jake was disappointed? Is he that stupid? Sh*t, all he has to do is run around claiming he won his fight! He is getting paid as if he did. So why not celebrate? If he wants to fight so bad, ask Dana to put him in against someone else. Dana has no qualms about fighters who want to fight. He loves that. Respects fighters for that. Free money; he trained for that money. Hopefully, once it's in his hand, he'll look upon it differently.
cecils_pupils- March 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm
@RwilsonR Amen... well said.
just some dong- March 25, 2010 at 8:29 pm
LOL @ BryanF

If I was faced with a choice of two opponents that would likely beat me, I'd ask for the one with the bigger name, too. A loss to Fitch is next to meaningless - he's beat pratically everyone at 170, save GSP. A loss to Ellenberger, on the other hand, would have caused Saunders' stock to plummet, because most causal fans don't realize what a beast Jake is.

Well played, Killa B. And I feel bad for Ellenberger's next opponent.

Joedirt- March 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm
Not really an opinion either way but I wonder if the fight contract covers his pay if his fight is cancelled this close to the show.
stingrza- March 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm
He's actually getting paid to do 12 weeks of physical training that you couldn't last one hour in.
RwilsonR- March 25, 2010 at 7:33 pm
Look - everyone bitches about how the non-big-name-stars get screwed in this sport. Everyone loves to talk about how much better every other show is than the UFC because they don't have Dana White involved. But in all of these other shows, fighters get treated like crap, their fights get cancelled, and they get paid nothing. The UFC is paying Ellenberger not just his show money, but win money, too. And they are giving a hell of an opportunity to Ben Saunders. Plus, Ellenberger is healthy and ready to fight, and could easily be shoved onto one of the upcoming shows in a month or two. So instead of getting one pay day to last him six months, he could very well be lined up for two for the price/training of one.

Is everything in the situation totally fair? No. Welcome to life, bitches. In fact, most of this situation has been more than fair compared to how the UFC could have treated it. Ellenberger should learn from this, and get Joe Silva on speed dial for the next time their is an injury.
omunto- March 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm

WTF you taking about man? Granted a ton of weight comes off the final 2 days but unless Ellenerger is a light Welterweight, I probably started cutting 5-7 days ago. Not a ton sure but No doubt about it his diet changed quite a bit.

Cutting weight = terrible not horny week of anger
omunto- March 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm
I generally check cagepotato at work seeing as how 99% of posts happen in the business day but today I checked it after work at home while pretty wasted and I must say... BF and/or BG... you are not surprisingly much more funny when I'm drunk. I can honestly say i've never laughed out loud before at a joke aimed at the Scots. Fuckin Scots....
BryanF- March 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm
mmm...colonel saunders...and a berger...
LargeMidget- March 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm
If I went in to work tommorow and my boss told me that they already had my shift covered, I wouldn't be expecting him to hand me 50$ and apologize.

Ellenberger got LUCKY. That's free money, and he can fight again as soon as the opportunity arrises. Luckilly he got the news before he had to cut all that damn weight. Plus now, the UFC kinda owes him one. This could be a seriously awesome blessing in disguise, what of Daley or Koscheck gets injured and they put him in as a replacement? A higher profile fight, plus a bunch of free money, Jake has nothing to complain about.

Jake E. isn't going anywhere. Read his fight history and it looks damn good on paper.

Saunders ASKED to fight Fitch? That might not have been the smartest career move. Good luck finding someone to favor you against Jon Fitch...
fiveforfive- March 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm
Also: Taco Bell chick #1 is hotter than Denise.