The UFC’s September stop in New Orleans now has a headliner, as the organization announced Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger will mix it up in the main event at “Battle on the Bayou”. Ellenberger has found success in four straight outings while Shields recently had his impressive run of fifteen fights snapped against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 129 in April.
The 24-5 Ellenberger began lobbying for a match-up with Shields shortly after the Californian’s loss to St. Pierre and will get his wish on September 17, albeit one with a potentially steep price given Shields’ skill on the mat. However, “The Juggernaut” brings a lot to the table as well with past wins over John Howard, Pat Healy, and Mike Pyle, plus finishes in 20 of his 24 total victories including fifteen by way of TKO.
Wile Ellenberger’s accomplishments are certainly worth pointing out, especially in terms of finishing percentage, they somewhat pale in comparison to Shields’ who has beaten some of the sport’s best and been considered a “Top 5” welterweight for years. Among the twenty-six notches on his belt are wins over Martin Kampmann, Jason Miller, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit, Yushin Okami, and current Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson.
The pair of Jakes will join a “Battle on the Bayou” card already set to feature appearances from two Ultimate Fighter winners, Jonathan Brookins and Court McGee, as well as the return of Alan Belcher from a potentially career-ending eye injury. Brookins is scheduled to face Erik Koch with McGee taking on Dongi Yang and Belcher in action against Jason MacDonald.
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