UFC Fight Night 25 Results: Jake Ellenberger KO’s Jake Shields in the First Round

September 17, 2011
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Jake Ellenberger

It’s a fight that Jake Ellenberger has been asking about for almost a year.

On Saturday night in New Orleans he got his wish and it paid off as Ellenberger finished former UFC title contender Jake Shields with strikes in the first round of their main event fight at UFC Fight Night 25.

Ever since Shields signed with the UFC, Ellenberger has been calling for a fight with him. Why? Simply because he thought he could beat him.

“I just never really believed it. Jake Shields is the best middleweight in the world, the best welterweight in the world, like I never believed it,” Ellenberger told MMAWeekly Radio prior to the fight. “He has beat some very tough opponents, but it’s nothing personal against him, he’s probably a great guy. I’m sure we could be friends afterwards, but I was just never sold on him.”

Ellenberger showed no fear facing the former Strikeforce middleweight champion, especially after he shrugged off a takedown attempt and was able to overpower Shields in the clinch in the opening moments of the fight.

Once Shields did engage and get close enough for Ellenberger to get a hold of him, it was the end of the fight.

Ellenberger got the back of Shields’ head and threw two knees. The first went to the body, but the second connected flush to Shields’ face, sending him crashing to the canvas.

Pouncing on Shields, Ellenberger blasted away with a barrage of machine gun like punches that knocked his opponent senseless, and the referee had seen enough and swooped in for the save.

Being aggressive was Ellenberger’s whole strategy and it paid off on Saturday night.

“Just keeping the pressure, that’s the whole strategy coming in here,” Ellenberger commented after the win. “Keeping the pressure on him. Came out with the ‘W’, it feels great.”

With the win, Ellenberger now moves to 5-1 in the UFC, and the win over Shields gives him his most high profile victory to date and surely moves him into the top five of the welterweight division.

“I feel unbelievable,” Ellenberger stated. “Jake Shields is a world champion, I can’t explain how I feel right now, I feel great.”

As for Shields, who took the fight just three weeks after his father Jack passed away, just sounded flustered after being stopped for the first time since his third professional fight back in 2000.

“Just frustrated,” Shields said when asked about his emotions following the fight. “I got hit with a good hit, I went down, I was still trying to fight. I wish we would have got to fight a little more, but it is what it is. It’s ref’s decision, I did want to keep fighting. I thought I had a little fight left, but the ref thought it was time to stop it. Nothing I can do.”

While Shields has nothing to be ashamed of after even deciding to stay in the fight following such a tragedy in his personal life, he does have to rebound now from two straight losses. Meanwhile the welterweight division in the UFC has a new contender and his name is Jake Ellenberger.


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  • Mario

    I am TRULY impressed by Ellenberger.

    He did what GSP, and Dan Henderson couldn’t do, and that was FINISH Jake Shields.

    It was a fair stoppage also, despite Shields’ protest at the end. That was actually ridiculous considering how he was done. When you’re trying to fight the ref, you know you’re done!

    Ellenberger tho, man… I’m still shocked. I always knew this guy was someone to watch out for. Even the fight with Condit as Rogan put it, was very close. He was kicking his ass in that first round.

    I think Jake Ellenberger has done more than enough to earn a title shot. I say he should get the winner of GSP vs. Condit. It makes sense. Forget B.J. vs. Diaz as a contender fight.

    One thing I wanted to point: Rogan said in the post fight interview, that “This is the first time you’ve ever been finished”

    Uuuuh, no… That’s not true actually. Didn’t a guy named Marty Armendarez TKO Shields many moons ago?

    I guess people don’t care about that, which sorta sucks for that guy. Even if it was early in Jake’s career.

    BUT WHAT MATTERS IS THAT JAKE ELLENBERGER WON.

    Crazy!

    • PappaK

      I agree 1000%. This guy should get the winner of GSP/Condit.

      ’nuff said.

  • onestepatatime1212

    THANK YOU ELLENBERGER I DONT LIKE YOU AS A FIGHTER BUT I HATE JAKE SHIELDS HES COCKY FOR NO REASON CUZ HES A STRIKEFORCE CHAMP DONT MEAN SHIT HE TRIED TO DO WHAT HE DOES BEST TAKE U DOWN AND MAKE A BORING FIGHT BUT THANK U CHEESEBURGER FOR KNEEING THAT FUCKER IN THE FACE MAKES HIM THINK TWICE BEFORE TRYING TO MAKE ANOTHER FIGHT BORING!!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    You mean Jake Ellenberger could have been a world champion if he had went to Strikeforce instead of the UFC? If only he was as clever as Dan Henderson!

    (And yes, I’m being sarcastic guys lol)

    • Darren2112

      I dont know if I agree with your sarcasm. Henderson resurected his career going to SF. He made good money over there, more than he would have made with UFC, won a Championship, beat Fedor and now is a free agent who will likely go back to UFC in even a stronger position than when he left.

      I think in his case, going to SF was a wise career move.

      • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

        And when he comes back he will once again get his ass beat by whichever UFC champion he wants to get his ass beat by. Depends on how much weight he wants to cut to receive the beating. Of course going and fighting on inferior shows can resurrect your career. That’s what every single person who gets released from the UFC does, Henderson just cynically chose to do it voluntarily instead of losing yet another title fight in the UFC. And it still took him two tries to get it right in Strikeforce!

  • ragequitter

    possible matchups for ellenburger’s next fight:
    ellenburger vs fitch
    ellenburger vs welter champ
    or ellenburger vs penn/diaz winner.

    Best case senario for Ellenburger: Condit defeats GSP and Ellenburger gets a rematch with Condit in a title match.

  • Darren2112

    Looks like Shields is just another victim of the GSP curse.

    Once you fight GSP, you are never the same again.

    Look at the GSP hit list and where are they now?

    Shields loses to a non-top 10 guy
    Kos hasnt been back
    Fitch had a draw, and has not fought in like forever
    Hardy lost 3 in a row and is no longer in UFC
    Hughes in a non-contender
    BJ is a non-contender
    Serra is a non-contender

    I don’t know what it is, but once you fight GSP, you are never the same again…

    • tsszaltax

      Darren, not sure where you got your facts, but a few of those on that list isnt correct.

      Ellenberger was a top 10 guy

      Kos was suspended due to his orbital bone fracture, not a lot he can do about that

      Fitch went on a 5 win streak before drawing to BJ Penn which is nothing to be ashamed of, then had shoulder surgery and has been out since, again, nothing he can do about that.

      Hardy, yes, has been on a skid but he’s still with the UFC

      Hughes-agreed

      BJ, moved up a weight class to fight the one of the argued pvp fighters in the world, and yes, BJ himself is a top 10 guy in that weight class. IMO, top 10=contender.

      Serra-agreed.

      Overall, my advice, get off GSP’s shaft.