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Jake Ellenberger: “I gotta finish this fight. I gotta prove that I’m even a contender for that title.”

Jake Ellenberger knows he can continue to rapidly climb up the UFC‘s welterweight ladder when he steps inside the Octagon this Friday night against Martin Kampmann. Since a loss to Carlos Condit in 2009, Ellenberger has posted six consecutive victories including wins over John Howard, Jake Shields, and most recently Diego Sanchez.

“It’s definitely an honor to be a main event again,” said the 27-5 Ellenberger in a recent interview on UFC Ultimate Insider. “I’m just excited. I’m a big believer in ‘actions speak louder than words.’ I gotta finish this fight, I gotta prove that I’m even a contender for that title.”

Kampmann has posted back-to-back wins over Thiago Alves and Rick Story since two losses to Sanchez and Shields.

Ellenberger-Kampmann will serve as the main event at the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. The finals of the current TUF tournament will also take place with Al Iaquinta meeting Michael Chiesa.

Check out the complete interview in the video below:

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