Jake Ellenberger vs. Stephen Thompson Welterweight Bout Added to UFC 189

May 7, 2015
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A welterweight matchup between Jake Ellenberger (30-9) and Stephen Thompson (10-1) has been added to the UFC 189 fight card on July 11. UFC officials confirmed the bout first reported by ESPN on Thursday.

Jake EllenbergerEllenberger is ranked ninth in the UFC’s 170-pound division. The 30-year-old was on the cusp of a title shot in 2013, but suffered three consecutive losses to Rory MacDonald, Robbie Lawler, and Kelvin Gastelum. He rebounded in his last outing by submitting Josh Koscheck at UFC 184 in February. He’s looking to build off the win when he faces Thompson in Las Vegas.

Thompson is riding a four-fight winning streak. His only career loss is to fifth-ranked Matt Brown at UFC 145 in February 2012. He’s hoping to extend his winning streak and crack the top 15 rankings with a win over the seasoned Ellenberger.

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UFC 189 takes place on July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and features two title fights. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo puts his title on the line against Conor McGregor in the fight card’s featured bout, while welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler takes on Rory MacDonald in the co-main event.

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  • KJK

    Good match up…good fight….lots on the line….for Ellenberger it either sees him regain relevance or signals the end of times…..for Thompson….looking good in a loss or getting a win moves him forward and shows what he’s made of from a top of the class stand point….but a bad loss would be a second indicator he’s not top 10 material…..Thompson’s game needs to advance…interesting to see if it does.

    • TheCerealKiller

      What’s up with all the ………..?

      • KJK

        Dude you just can’t help yourself can you….there is not a point of controversy to be argued at every single turn.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Jake had his chances and he fell short. WAR Wonder (Man) Boy!