There’s no denying that throughout his career, Jake Ellenberger has had some big fights and big wins, but none rank higher than his first round stoppage of former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields on Saturday night.
Ellenberger blasted Shields with a knee and then followed up with a flurry of punches on the ground to get the knockout win.
Following the fight, Ellenberger admitted seeing Shields with title belts around his waist made him want what he had, so he went in the cage and took it.
“One of my biggest wins. I can’t take anything away from what Jake Shields has done, he’s a world champion, multiple time world champion. That’s just what I want,” Ellenberger told UFC.com.
In the fight itself, Ellenberger saw an opening when he got stuck in the clinch with Shields, and it reminded him of something his coach and close friend Mark Munoz told him when they were training together at the Reign Training Center in California.
“It happened really fast, I got in the clinch and I hit him with some knees. Like Mark Munoz and I have been working on, just strike in every position,” Ellenberger said.
“I knew he was hurt so I just went for the finish.”
Before Saturday night went down, Ellenberger says his biggest support came from his team and his coaches who instilled in him the ability to believe he could win the fight. Now the hard work as paid off, and he’s well on his way to the top of the welterweight division.
“We’ve just been training so hard these last 8 weeks, it’s not fun at all, but it’s all for this night,” Ellenberger stated.
“My coaches are there for me all the time, they believe in me. It’s hard to believe. The sky’s the limit, that’s what they tell me everyday.”
With the win, Ellenberger rockets towards the top of the welterweight division where champion Georges St-Pierre has virtually cleaned out all of the top challengers minus just a few.
On Saturday night, Jake Ellenberger just gave GSP and the rest of the welterweight division notice that he’s arrived.