Welterweights Rick Story and Jake Ellenberger are two of the UFC’s higher-profile fighters at 170 pounds. However, in 2008 both were relegated to the regional scene as potential-laden talents trying to stamp their names on the sport of MMA. And, as chance would have it, the two faced off at a SportFight event with Story emerging as winner thanks to a Unanimous Decision nod.
Now, nearly five years later, Ellenberger is seen by most as the superior scrapper thanks to stumbles in three of Story’s last five fights despite a solid six-fight streak prior to the rough patch. Supporting the notion, both men fought last weekend at UFC 158 where Ellenberger battled Nate Marquardt on the PPV portion of the card while Story was relegated to the prelims where he mixed it up with Quinn Mulhern.
The situation coupled with their history has apparently gotten Story thinking and, as he made clear in a recent post on Facebook, he wants to get his hands on Ellenberger again to prove he deserves the spotlight currently planted on “The Juggernaut”.
“I want to fight Jake Ellenberger,” Story exclaimed. “It pisses me off that he’s getting all of the accolades when I already beat him. It’s annoying that people keep making the excuse for Jake “well that was earlier in your guy’s career’. OK, even back then he had 3X times the amount of fights that I had.”
When the two initially tussled, Story was 4-2 in comparison to Ellenberger being 16-4. Of course, Story isn’t just looking at the past when it comes to his rationale behind the rumble with Ellenberger.
“Also, let’s look at more recent times – he got knocked out by Martin Kampmann in the second round where as I went the distance with Kampmann with one leg,” added Story. “The bottom line is I want to be in the position he is in right now and if I have to beat his ass again to get there then let’s do it!”
Story holds a career mark of 15-6 with past wins over the likes of Johny Hendricks and Thiago Alves, while Ellenberger is 29-6 and emerged with his hand raised in eight of his last ten tilts including success against Diego Sanchez, Mike Pyle, and Jake Shields. Both are believed to have exited their UFC 158 efforts injury-free, each of which involved an opening round strike-based stoppage.
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