By Zach Arnold | September 12, 2011
“It’s been a good, hard 8-10 weeks, I haven’t had any injuries which has been, it’s been a blessing but… I’m ready for training to be over. We had a tough day today, a real good hard push. I mean, I’m excited to fight, you know. Jake Shields’ is just another guy, another guy in the way for me to get to a world title, so I’m excited.” — FightHubTV.com interview
INTERVIEWER: “And I feel that a lot of people have you under the radar, really underestimating you.”
JAKE ELLENBERGER: “That’s probably true, it really doesn’t matter to me. Jake Shields, like I said, he’s beat some high-level guys, I don’t think it’s a huge step up in competition at all. I mean, honestly, I think Carlos Rocha, the guy I beat back in February, I think he was more dangerous than Jake Shields. You know, Jake Shields, he presents some different problems for me but I’m prepared, I’m ready, I’ve done everything I can to prepare for this fight. I’m going to make him as uncomfortable as possible, so he’s got a lot more to worry about than I do.”
INTERVIEWER: “Going back to tactics for this fight right here, GSP some say that he didn’t pressure him as much as many like to see him. Martin Kampmann pressured Jake a lot and a lot of people felt Jake, conditioning-wise, they called that into question. Do you plan on pressuring Jake more than those two last opponents he’s had?”
JAKE ELLENBERGER: “I can assure that, from bell to bell… I’m sure as his night follows day I’m going to pressure him from bell to bell. GSP didn’t pressure him at all, Martin Kampmann did (but) I think it was a little too late when he started to pressure him. It’s going to be pressure from bell to bell. I’m going to make him tired. The thing about Kampmann is I think if he could have kept position and could have controlled his wrestling and the gates of where the fight went he could have pulled out the victory there but, you know, wrestling’s going to make you tired and I’ve been there, I’ve been there a million times so… you know, that’s… I’m going to fight him like I do everyone else, there’s going to be pressure the whole fight.”
INTERVIEWER: “A lot of people are really worried to get on the ground with Jake knowing his BJJ credentials but I feel like knowing the guys that train over here at Reign and the amount of talent that comes in here, people like Werdum helping the team over here that you might be in a position where you’ve seen a lot of the things that Jake could throw at you and you’re fully prepared.”
JAKE ELLENBERGER: “Yeah, you know, listen, a fight is a fight and you can’t respect the guy you’re fighting. You can’t be afraid, you can’t be timid, you can’t fight timid. Hesitation will get you caught, it’s get you beat. I have, you know, I am aware at what he’s good at, I’m aware of his strengths but it’s not going to effect the way that I fight him. I train with plenty of high-level guys. Honestly, I don’t respect, when I fight him, I’m not going to respect anything. I’m going to come after him and find a way to win. But… I’m not going to fight timid at all. His ground game, you know, sure, he’s got a good ground game but… that doesn’t matter, you know. He’s going to hit and he’s going to get hit a lot.”
Here’s an interview from last Friday that Jake Shields did on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area w/ Dave Benz. It was tough for him to do this, but he’s a trooper and came through in the end. Of course, when you’re an independent contractor and yet considered “the exclusive property of the UFC” as Lorenzo Fertitta likes to say about his fighters, you have to be a company man. Ask Kurt Pellegrino about that.
As for whether or not Ellenberger could get a Welterweight title shot if he beats Shields, the answer is… perhaps, yes, because Jon Fitch sure as hell doesn’t look like he’s ever getting a title shot again.
Jake Shields (-170) vs. Jake Ellenberger (+150)
Will be interesting to see if Spike runs a bunch of Bellator ads during the UFC telecast and if there’s any tension between the parties at the event.