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Report: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger in the Works for UFC 141

(“What is he doing with his face? Is that supposed to intimidate me?”)

According to a report by, a welterweight match-up between Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez is in the works for UFC 141 December 30 in Las Vegas.

Ellenberger leapfrogged to the front of the line of UFC welterweight contenders with his first-round knockout of Jake Shields at UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger two weeks ago. As such, it’s likely that the winner of the bout, if it happens, will be second in line behind Nick Diaz to face the winner of the UFC 137 showdown between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit on October 29.

Sanchez bypassing the queue is a bit a bit of a head-scratcher though, considering he is 2-1 since returning to the UFC’s 170-pound class with decisions in both fights, and was supposed to fight Matt Hughes in his last bout at UFC 135 before getting injured¬†and pulling out. But it isn’t a total surprise since UFC president Dana White seems to have a soft spot for the TUF 1 finalists. How else do you explain Kenny Florian getting more title shots than any fighter on the UFC’s roster in spite of him having lost every championship bout he’s fought in, other than blackmail?

Ellenberger shrugged off the news of the bout when asked today on Twitter, but it wouldn’t be the first time a fighter denied a fight was happening only to have the UFC announce the pairing down the road.


UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem
December 30, 2011
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada

Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar
Vitor Belfort vs. TBD
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger
Johny Hendricks vs. Jon Fitch
Sam Stout vs. TBD

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RwilsonR- September 30, 2011 at 8:36 am
This is a good matchup. I think it is kinda funny that not only I'd Fitch not talked about in the title picture, but he isn't even given the top contenders to fight anymore. They've just pushed him off to the side to be forgotten about. I think the winner of this fight (read: Ellenberger) should fight Fitch. That would be a good setup to Ellenberger vs GSP.
Don't really see why BJ should get a title shot when he beats Diaz, but wouldn't be the first time BJ has gotten an undeserved title shot.
Todd M- September 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm
Ellenberger is going to hurt Sanchez, I am pretty confused at this matchup, I thought Ellenberger would get Fitch at some point to earn his title shot. Also, nice jab at Florian but he earned his title shots at lightweight, this latest shot at featherweight is a bit of a gift but with Mendes injured and Florians name appeal it makes sense
Redping- September 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm
its more likely diaz will win than penn, because it entirely depends on whether BJ shows up in shape. Diaz definitely will
intercept440- September 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm
top dog i was about to ask the same thing, unless cp knows something we dont......dont tell me that i might actually lose my ten dollar bet to KAMC....
topdog- September 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm
CP why are you assuming Diaz will get past BJ. A little bias are u?
smellypiratehooker- September 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm
What I meant was just above comments you have 137. Shouldn't be picky though.
smellypiratehooker- September 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm
which one is it 137 or 141?
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Kaboom82- September 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm
i mean, i follow ya. the line only gets shorter if diaz loses. but, you know.
Kaboom82- September 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm
oh, so nate got a rain check on the title fight.