UFC on Fuel 1Download App

UFC on Fuel TV 1 Results: Where Does Jake Ellenberger Rank at Welterweight?

Jake Ellenberger/MMAFighting.com
Jake Ellenberger/MMAFighting.com
Nedu ObiAnalyst IIAugust 2, 2016

Against a worthy opponent in Diego Sanchez, the rising star that is Jake Ellenberger more than held his own in the main event of UFC on Fuel 1. Winning via unanimous decision, “The Juggernaut” now finds himself in that enviable position of legitimate title contender.

The matchup per se brought to the fore the true warrior in the 28-year-old Ellenberger—taking nothing away from Sanchez, because he’s always worn his heart on his sleeve and on fight night he gave as good as he got, which almost resulted in him being declared the winner in the final frame when he took the back of the former marine.

Now that the Juggernaut has passed one of his sternest tests to date, does he move one rung up the ladder?

Yes, he could, if there were a rung left to set his foot on. But unfortunately, the No. 1 and 2 spots are, at present, monopolized by the UFC’s welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre and interim title holder Carlos Condit.

That however, leaves Ellenberger (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) in his current location of No. 3-ranked 170-pounder.

Though, that could easily change by or before the year’s end if either St-Pierre or Condit were to lose their projected fight, or if the latter came unstuck whilst the Canadian was still in recuperation due to his injuries.

For now, Ellenberger just needs to sit tight and hope fate deals him a few good hands—further continuing his progress to the apogee of the welterweight division.

 

For additional information, follow Nedu Obi on Twitter.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices