UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger came extremely close to taking out current interim champion Carlos Condit the first time he set foot inside the Octagon and then rattled off six straight victories including wins over Mike Pyle, Jake Shields, and Diego Sanchez. Ellenberger nearly ran his streak to seven in a row in June when he faced Martin Kampmann, rocking the seasoned Dane twice and almost putting him away, but in the end he ate a knee from Kampmann and lost by way of TKO.
“The Juggernaut” has a chance to start a new series of consecutive wins tomorrow night in Minnesota at UFC on FX 5 where he’ll face Jay Hieron. When he takes to the infamous eight-sided cage this time around, the 27-year old will enter the ring with the same knockout power and high-level wrestling ability but a completely new mindset where competition is concerned.
“I’ve learned to be more patient when I hurt someone, and I feel I’ve tightened up a lot of things since my last fight. I realize now I’ve got 15 minutes to finish fights and I think you’ll see this new maturity in my fight this Friday,” explained Ellenberger in an interview with the UFC. “I feel I can win this fight and get back to the top of the division and challenge for the title. That’s the reason I am here.”
Fans can catch Ellenberger’s shot at recapturing glory during the main card broadcast (set to air at 8:00 PM EST). Hieron is 23-5 in his career and won eleven of his last twelve tilts, while Ellenberger holds a mark of 27-6 with 22 finishes to his credit.
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