Jake Ellenberger has come from nowhere to shoot up the ladder in the welterweight division and will look to move one step closer to a title shot this weekend as he faces off with Denmark’s greatest MMA export, Martin ‘The Hitman’ Kampmann. Ellenberger and Kampmann meet this weekend at “The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale” and will take the main event slot on the card. The event is set to feature nearly all of the seasons cast members with the exceptions of Andy Ogle and Mike Rio, who have not been cleared to compete on the card.
Ellenberger is clean off of two career best wins over Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez and is on a six-fight win streak since a debut loss to current interim champion Carlos Condit. Shields was a big favorite coming in to the fight having just fought for the title one fight prior but Ellenberger needed less than a minute to dispose of the former title challenger at UFC Fight Night 25. Shields had had personal problems coming in to that fight with his father passing away just a month before the fight and many felt that the outcome was a reflection of that. “The Juggernaut” proved he was no fluke though by earning a unanimous decision over Sanchez at UFC on Fuel TV 1 in the “Fight of the Night”. Ellenberger is 10-1 in his last 11 fights.
Martin Kampmann (19-5) comes in on the heels of a come-from-behind submission win over Thiago Alves back in March at UFC on FX 2. Alves was seemingly on his way to a unanimous decision victory when, with just a minute left in the fight, he shot in for a takedown against the cage and Kampmann locked in a guillotine choke, forcing the tap at 4:12 of the third round and earning a “Submission of the Night” bonus for it. The win followed an impressive unanimous decision victory over Rick Story at UFC 139 in November 2011. Prior to those two victories, the Dane had lost two-straight razor thin decisions to Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez in fights which Kampmann and a lot of other people felt he had won. Had he gotten the nod in those bouts he would be on a six-fight streak since a knockout loss to Paul Daley in 2009.
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