Welterweights Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger headline tonight's UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger on Spike TV. This is a must-win bout for Shields, the former Strikeforce middleweight champion who is 1-1 in the UFC in two lackluster bouts. He narrowly squeaked by Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut and was then rushed into a title shot. That fight was a five round snoozer in which Shields' best move against Georges St. Pierre was an inadvertent eye poke.
Shields (26-5-1, 1-1 UFC) has long been one of the sport's top welterweights, but so far his long-awaited run in the big show has been a bit of a bust. He's known for his smooth blend of excellent wrestling and slick submissions.
Ellenberger (25-5, 4-1 UFC) is six years younger than Shields and had work hard to get his shot in the UFC. He fought for a variety of promotions, including Bellator and the IFL before getting the call. He announced himself by giving top contender Carlos Condit everything he could handle in a very close split decision loss. Since then he's been on a 4 fight win streak with 3 of those wins coming via TKO.
Shields lost his father, manager, life-long wrestling coach and mentor Jack only a few weeks ago. He bravely elected to go ahead and fight, but this will be a very emotional night for Shields.
Shields has the skills to beat Ellenberger, but if he's not at the top of his game, he could be in for a brutal night against the dangerous up-and-comer.
|Boxing||Not Good||1||Packs Power||Ellenberger|
|Throws/Trips||Very Good +||1||Very Good||Shields|
|Positional Control||Smothering||1||Quite Good||Shields|
|Scrambling||Whirlwind of Glue||1||Elusive||Shields|
|Escapes||David Blaine||1||Kids Party Magician||Shields|
|Submissions||Blue Chip||1||Penny Stock||Shields|
|Overall||Elite||6/4||Not Quite Elite||Shields|