UFC 154 saw several members of the welterweight elite competing to determine the division's true pecking order. Most fighters in the Top Five had a fight on the card, with Georges St-Pierre besting Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks knocking out Martin Kampmann.
Sitting on the sidelines, Jake Ellenberger found himself wanting to get a piece of the action. Going to Twitter in hopes of booking his next contest, "The Juggernaut" called out Johny Hendricks and is willing to retire if he doesn't get his hand raised.
Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA) November 18, 2012
Ellenberger was once a top contender in the division after accumulating six consecutive victories inside the Octagon. His credentials include wins over previous title challengers Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez, however, a June loss to Kampmann shut down the momentum that he worked so hard to obtain.
The idea of putting his career on the line is little more than a publicity stunt in hopes of getting preferred booking. It is unlikely that Zuffa would contractually force a fighter into retirement if they were to lose a contest. In the end, this move will simply get Joe Silva's attention and possibly point him in the direction of a fight between two similarly styled fighters.
A bout between Ellenberger and Hendricks seems far fetched, as "Big Rigg" solidified himself as the top contender at 170 pounds with his jaw-dropping performance this evening. However, if Georges St-Pierre does end up standing across the cage from Anderson Silva in his next contest, Hendricks will need a fight to stay occupied.
With very few answers provided at the post-fight press conference, there are still a lot of questions about a potential superfight between Silva and St-Pierre, but the uncertainty creates even more questions for Hendricks.
What do you think? Is Ellenberger worthy of a shot at Hendricks? Who has more power? Who has better wrestling? Should Hendricks sit on the sidelines and wait for Silva vs. GSP to sort itself out?