UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger has shown himself to be a power in the division with wins over Diego Sanchez, Jake Shields, Mike Pyle, and most recently Jay Hieron. He even went the distance against Carlos Condit though came up short by way of Split Decision.
Still, despite his success the 27-year old sees a number of areas in his game he needs to polish up before being considered a legitimate threat to the title.
“I think there are a lot of things I can improve on,” explained Ellenberger in an interview with the UFC after the conclusion of UFC on FX 5, listing off a few specific areas as well. “For me, personally, I have to get a little faster, get my timing a little better and be a little more aggressive.”
In terms of who Ellenberger hopes to test his skills against next, “The Juggernaut” pointed to the opponent he was originally supposed to face before Hieron stepped in as a replacement – Josh Koscheck.
“He is dangerous and a veteran, and I’m up for it,” offered Ellenberger on the match-up.
Last night’s win over Hieron put Ellenberger’s career back on the winning track after suffering a loss to Martin Kampmann in his previous outing. He holds an overall record of 28-6 with 22 stoppages.
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