Speculation turned to confirmation today when UFC President Dana White announced the winner of a June bout between welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann would emerge as the division’s #1 challenger. Each has turned in a number of solid outings over the past few years including multiple wins over ranked competition.
The match-up is set to headline the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale on June 1.
“There’s a lot at stake for the guys competing on this card at the Palms,” added White on the event in an official press release announcing the impact of Ellenberger vs. Kampmann on contendership.
Ellenberger is currently on a six-fight winning streak including back-to-back bouts with Jake Shields and most recently Diego Sanchez. He holds an overall record of 27-5 with his only loss inside the Octagon coming to Carlos Condit, who interestingly enough could very well be champion if/when Ellenberger’s title-shot finally materializes.
Though Kampmann hasn’t strung together as many consecutive wins as Ellenberger, losing decisions to Shields/Sanchez in recent bouts, he’s coming off a pair of impressive instances of success against Rick Story and Thiago Alves. “The Hitman” is 19-5 in his career with fourteen finishes including an even split between submissions/TKOs.
The welterweight title is currently in limbo while Georges St. Pierre recovers from knee surgery after which he’ll face Condit, the interim champion. If GSP is not healthy before year’s end it is likely Condit will instead face Ellenberger-Kampmann with the gold up for grabs.
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