Few fighters have had the success UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger has inside the Octagon without receiving a crack at divisional gold. Unfortunately for him, based on champion Georges St-Pierre’s injury and interim title-holder Carlos Condit’s refusal to risk his bout with GSP, the 27-year old was forced to take a fight with Martin Kampmann in hopes of maintaining his hold on being a top contender.
However, Ellenberger certainly hasn’t gotten wrapped up in feeling sorry for himself or harboring anger about having to wait. In fact, he simply plans to go out there and perform this Friday night against Kampmann as he would regardless of the situation.
“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. I’m just gonna control what I can control and take it one fight at a time like I always have been,” said Ellenberger in an interview on this week’s episode of UFC Ultimate Insider.
“I’m a big fan of him. I’ve watched him over the last few years and he’s always dangerous, someone I can’t look past at all,” Ellenberger added on the topic of Kampmann, revealing his focus is clearly where it should be rather than down the road at a match-up that may never come.
Ellenberger-Kampmann will serve as the main event at the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. Ellenberger holds an overall record of 27-5 with six straight wins including those over Jake Shields, Mike Pyle, and Diego Sanchez, while Kampmann in 19-5 with fourteen finishes and the momentum of back-to-back triumphs against Rick Story/Thiago Alves.
Check out the complete interview below:
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