If Carlos Condit’s ultimate decision is to sit and wait for the return of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre later this year, then that leaves a couple of top contenders awaiting match-ups of their own.
At the top of that list sits Jake Ellenberger, who is currently riding a six fight win streak, most recently defeating Diego Sanchez at UFC on Fuel TV 1 in February.
Ellenberger’s wish list starts with a rematch against Condit, who defeated him in his UFC debut, when he stepped in on a month’s notice to face the former WEC champion.
Speaking to Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight, Ellenberger thinks now is the best time for him to face Condit, and he believes he’s earned it.
“I’m ready for him. I’ve won six in a row, it’d be a great time for a rematch against Condit,” Ellenberger told the show. “It keeps me up at night, makes me want to work harder and motivates me to work harder and come back stronger. You saw what I did with a two-week notice. If I had eight or ten weeks to prepare.”
Despite Ellenberger’s best laid plans, all signs are currently pointing towards Condit sitting and waiting for St-Pierre to return later this year.
St-Pierre is currently undergoing rehab on his knee, and released a video on Monday to update his condition. Most believe that St-Pierre may be able to return ahead of his last reported scheduled, which had him back in the Octagon in late October/early November.
If Condit is not an option for Ellenberger’s next fight, another option could be fellow welterweight contender Martin Kampmann.
Kampmann pulled off a late fight submission in his bout against Thiago Alves at UFC on FX 2 from Australia earlier this month.
“Sure, why not. I feel like I can beat anyone at 170 pounds in the world and I’ll continue to prove that,” said Ellenberger.
It’s a wait and see situation for Ellenberger right now, but a No. 1 contender’s bout with Kampmann with a potential title shot on the line seems like a likely scenario for the Nebraska native.
Ellenberger’s full interview will air on UFC Tonight at 10pm ET on Fuel TV.