Saturday, 17 September 2011

UFC Fight Night 25: Jake Shields vs. Jake Ellenberger Preview

For most fans Saturday night, UFC Fight Night 25 is nothing more than eleven irrelevant match-ups leading up to a showdown between former UFC welterweight contender Jake Shields (26-5-1) and challenger Jake Ellenberger (25-5). To uninformed fans, Shields should walk through Ellenberger, just in time to catch Floyd Mayweather take on Victor Ortiz. While it is difficult to dismiss the perceived irrelevance of the other eleven bouts on the card, Shields vs. Ellenberger isn't without implications.

Ellenberger has amassed a 4-1 record in 5 appearances inside the Octagon. Most fans forget that Ellenberger impressed in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 19 back in September of 2009, narrowly losing to current UFC welterweight title contender Carlos Condit on the scorecards. At the time, Condit was unproven against better competition as he spent most of his career dominating the opposition in the WEC. In retrospect however, Condit has become one of the better welterweights in the division.

The Rocha bout has been referenced as evidence that Shields will overwhelm Ellenberger on Saturday night. Ellenberger's love affair with his hands and deficient takedown defense because of that allowed Rocha to power through his defenses. Shields isn't a vaunted striker by any means, and Ellenberger has an advantage in the power department. Like Rocha, Shields has the advantage in the grappling department. The problem? As with any Jake Shields fight, he has to get the fight to the ground.

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