Jon Fitch vs. Jake Ellenberger On Tap for UFC 126 in February

Ryan FrederickContributor INovember 1, 2010

Jon Fitch (right) meets Jake Ellenberger at UFC 126
Jon Fitch (right) meets Jake Ellenberger at UFC 126

The UFC's annual Super Bowl weekend show has added another bout to it's loaded lineup. reports former welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch (23-3, 13-1 UFC) and rising contender Jake Ellenberger (23-5, 2-1 UFC) will square off, as at least one of the participants has agreed to the fight, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.

The fight will likely make it's way onto the night's main card.

Fitch, who enters the fight on a five-fight winning streak, most recently competed at UFC 117, where he defeated Thiago Alves by unanimous decision.

Before that fight, UFC president Dana White had stated that the winner would be next in line for a shot at the UFC welterweight title, currently held by Georges St-Pierre, who defends against Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in December.

However, with the recent signing of Jake Shields, White came out and said that Shields would be next in line if he got past Martin Kampmann at UFC 121. Shields won that fight by a close split decision, and it appears that he indeed has jumped ahead of Fitch for a title shot.

Now Fitch, who has not lost since August 2008 and has only one loss in his UFC career, will have to deal with Ellenberger, who is looking to climb up in the welterweight rankings.

Ellenberger began his UFC career with a close split-decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 19 in September 2009, but has rattled off back-to-back wins over Mike Pyle at UFC 108 and most recently over John Howard at the UFC On Versus 2 event in August.

UFC 126 takes place on Feb. 5, 2011 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and airs live on pay-per-view. A UFC middleweight championship fight between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort is expected to headline.

Stay tuned for more on UFC 126, as well as more news from the UFC and the world of MMA.