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Jake Ellenberger-Martin Kampmann headed towards meeting at TUF 15 Finale

Welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann will square off in a match that could help solidify a future contender in one of the UFC’s most talented divisions. Officials announced Wednesday the two will serve as the main event for The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale on June 1.

Ellenberger has been one of the hottest fighters in all of the UFC, winning six straight fights since a Split Decision loss to current interim champion Carlos Condit. The 26-year old recently capped his streak off by outpointing Diego Sanchez last month. Other fighters “The Juggernaut” has earned wins over include Jake Shields, Sean Pierson, Carlos Eduardo Rocha, John Howard, and Mike Pyle. Four of those six victories have come by way of strike-based stoppage.

Comparably, Kampmann has won two straight since back-to-back defeats at the hands of Sanchez and Shields, earning a decision over Rick Story and a come-from-behind submission against Thiago Alves earlier this month. “The Hitman” is 4-2 in six fights since 2010.

Their bout is set to takes place from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. So far, Kampmann-Ellenberger is the only official bout aon the card outside of the finales in TUF’s lightweight tournament.


  • MCM says:

    luv it.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Indeed, this should be a good fight.

    Funny, a guy coming off a great comeback upset versus a solid fighter who has really stumbled in the last round of his prior two fights. My gut instinct is going haywire trying to pick a winner here.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Basically coming down to Kampmann’s chin vs. Ellenberger’s submission defense.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Yeah, you’re not helping! :P

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Ellenberger easily.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    like them both. im on the fence with this one

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Jake takes this one. The talk about his supposed lack of cardio is greatly overstated. Yeah, Condit came back to overwhelm him late, but that was Jake’s freaking debut in the UFC, on two freaking weeks notice, against Carlos freaking Condit. And then his most recent bout against Diego… Jake was winning the fight handily and got a bit sloppy late, which left him in a bad spot and at the tail end of a fight anybody is gonna have difficult with Diego on top. Anyway, his conditioning is fine and he’ll beat a very game Kampmann.

    Too bad Diaz is stuck on the sidelines for not being able to give up weed for a few weeks at a time. I’d have preferred to see Diaz face the Kampmann-Alves winner and Jake to take on the winner of Hendricks-Kos. That would’ve set up a #1 contender fight with the winner taking on GSP/Condit. Oh well. Stay high, my friends.

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  • Damn it Rich why did you have to bring such a negative moment into such a great fight announcement! Your hypothetical situation would be ideal but eh such is life.

    Now onto the match at hand, this is a huge toss up. Let’s face it Kampmann may be 4-2 in his last six but he could easily be 6-0. The Shields fight was as close as it could’ve been and The Sanchez fight is one of the biggest robberies in mma history. Now Im not a fan of that logic but it kind of applies in this case. Kampmann has a solid chin(say what you will about the loss to Daley but he could’ve continued and he survived a flush headkick from Nate the great for awhile….guy’s tough) and is one of the most well rounded fighters in the division

    Now Jake is a monster with a brutal right hand EVER improving striking and all the potential in the world. Sick wrestling as much world class experience as The Hit Man and once again POWER.

    Jake’s cardio is a little suspect, but Kampmann’s confidence tends to waver if he gets dominated and he stops throwin combos(i.e. The second and third round of the Alves fight.)
    I’d prefer Kampman win, but either way this makes for a REALLY interesting storyline and case for Condit to defend that title against the winner of this one as they both have controversial outcomes to make up for.

    Joe Silva should get a bonus for this one.

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  • MCM says:

    werd, superdave.

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