A welterweight bout is currently in negotiations that would pit former title contender Jake Shields against Jake Ellenberger in a UFC event later this year.
While details on which event the two fighters might square off on remains a mystery, the bout has been offered and at least verbally accepted at this stage. No bout agreements have been issued however.
Jake Shields (26-5-1) finally got his long awaited shot at a UFC title in April, but came up short in his bid to dethrone UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 129 in Toronto. Shields had his moments in the fight, but came up on the losing end of a five-round decision.
Now looking to get back in the title hunt, Shields will face a fighter on a four-fight winning streak; a fighter that apparently has been wanting to fight him for some time.
Jake Ellenberger (24-5) has been asking for a fight with Shields for months. He now appears on the precipice of getting it.
Ellenberger stepped up on short notice at UFC 129 and knocked out local fighter Sean Pierson in emphatic fashion. Just after the fight, Ellenberger appeared on MMAWeekly Radio asking for a fight with Shields.
“I would love it. I would still love that fight,” Ellenberger said about Shields. “It’s definitely up to the UFC, you know Joe (Silva) and Dana (White), what they want to do, but yeah if I could pick who I fight it would definitely be (Jake Shields).”
Sometimes dreams do come true.
The only matter that has yet to be settled is when the fight would take place. Following his bout at UFC 129, Ellenberger had surgery on his hand and said he would be out of training for six to eight weeks, so a fall date is most likely.
A fight on the rumored UFC 138 show in San Jose, Calif., would be the most likely place the fight would land, but nothing has been officially determined at this point.
(UPDATED at 7:28 p.m. ET on June 27, 2011, to reflect that the fight with Georges St-Pierre was not Jake Shields’ UFC debut.)