(Jake Ellenberger vs. Jose Landi-Jons, 11/3/07. Fight starts at the 5:52 mark and ends a few seconds later.)
UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard is set to pop off this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT, directly before the TUF 10 season premiere, and as usual, we’ll be getting some new blood with our old, familiar faces. Only Jake Ellenberger is guaranteed TV time in his broadcast-opening bout against the Natural Born Killer, but if time allows, you may be seeing some other UFC newbies trying to make their mark in the Octagon. Get to know them below…
JAKE ELLENBERGER (WW)
?Experience: 21-4 record (15 wins by stoppage due to strikes), with multiple appearances in the IFL, M-1 Challenge, and Bodog Fight. Most recently knocked out Marcelo Alfaya in 42 seconds, at a Bellator event in June.
Will be facing: Carlos Condit (23-5, 0-1 UFC)
?Lowdown: This 24-year-old Team Quest product has been fighting professionally for over four years, and is stepping in for the injured Chris Lytle against Carlos Condit. Regarded as a well-rounded fighter, Ellenberger is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. As he told UFC.com: “Having been through a Marine Corps boot camp, it makes you tougher mentally. Everything you prepare for in the Marine Corps is for war. We train for the worst case scenarios, and that’s an advantage I think I have mentally in a fight.” Jake employs his twin brother Joe Ellenberger as a wrestling coach and training partner.
(Jay Silva vs. Reggie Orr, 5/16/09. Skip to 1:30 for the KO. To see Silva get bullied by Cheick Kongo, click here.)
JAY SILVA (MW)
?Experience: 5-1 record (all wins by stoppage). Most recently knocked out Ray Lizama at a Call to Arms event last month.
Will be facing: C.B. Dollaway (8-2, 2-2 UFC)
?Lowdown: A late replacement for the injured Dan Miller, Silva grew up in Rio de Janeiro, spent time training with Renzo Gracie in New York, and now works out in Huntington Beach with Quinton Jackson and Cheick Kongo; Kongo has vowed to kick Silva’s ass if he loses this fight. Silva hopes to make an impression in the UFC with his "just scrap" style: “I’m gonna go there and tell him to punch me. ‘Come on, punch me, let me see what you got.’ I hope he’s got power, because if he doesn’t, he’s gonna feel my power and say ‘I wanna get out of here. Dana, take me out. I quit.’…I don’t care if I lose a fight, and that’s my problem. I go there to fight and I want to fight. That’s what it’s about. The name of the game is fighting. So we’re gonna go in there to fight. It’s not playing for points…I’m getting knocked out or he’s getting knocked out. One of us has gotta go, and whatever happens happens.” Silva used to work as a bouncer, doesn’t watch tape on his opponents, and is currently developing his boxing skills with Freddie Roach.
MIKE PIERCE (WW)
?Experience: 8-1 record with appearances in SportFight and the WEC; holds victories over TUF contestants Mike Dolce, Mark Miller, and Paul Bradley.
Will be facing: Brock Larson (26-2, 3-1 UFC)
?Lowdown: A former wrestler at Portland State University, Pierce now fights out of the Braveheart Fight Club in Vancouver. He’s the third consecutive UFC first-timer that’s being fed to Brock Larson (who previously scored first-round submissions over Jesse Sanders and Mike Pyle), but Mike’s not too worried: “The best way to deal with guys who like to push the pace and come right at you is to give them a taste of their own medicine. You come right back at them just as hard until one of us breaks down mentally or physically. It’s a matter of who wants it more and who breaks down…I’m just expecting a war.”
(Steve Steinbeiss highlight reel. THUN-DAR.)
STEVE STEINBEISS (MW)
?Experience: 4-2 record with appearances in the WEC and Bodog Fight. All wins by stoppage. Most recently dropped a split-decision to Carmelo Marrero at WEC 36.
Will be facing: Ryan Jensen (13-5, 0-3 UFC)
?Lowdown: Like Pierce, Steinbeiss is also a refugee of the WEC’s discontinuation of its welterweight, middleweight, and light-heavyweight divisions. He trains at Arizona Combat Sports camp in Tempe with his brother Ray, and was supposed to take on Ryan Jensen at UFC Fight Night 18, but the match was scrapped, reportedly due to Jensen’s Adderall use. Steinbeiss has successfully competed as a kickboxer, making appearances in K-1 and World Combat League. As you can probably figure out from the video above, he loves to kick people in the head.