Jake Ellenberger Feels Like He Can Beat Jake Shields

Michael EvansCorrespondent IIIMay 18, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, FL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Jake Ellenberger (yellow trunks) fights against Delson Heleno (red trunks) during their welterweight bout during the IFL finals at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino on September 20, 2007 in Hollywood, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images for IFL)
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Jake Ellenberger has been making waves in the UFC ever since he first stepped foot inside the Octagon.

In his first match, he was paired with former WEC champion Carlos Condit and dazzled with powerful right-hand punches, pushing the former champion to the brink and narrowly losing a split decision.

Ellenberger has been very vocal about wanting to have a fight with Jake Shields. Shields fought Georges St-Pierre in the main event of the recent UFC 129. That night, Jake lost his first fight in over six years, and the match-up featured a vicious first round knockout of Sean Pierson by none other than Jake Ellenberger. The win was the fourth in a row from Jake. He shattered his hand in the bout, but immediately had surgery and now looks to fight top competition in the UFC.

Now, Ellenberger wants to fight Jake Shields next.  He stated, "If they do make that match and me and Jake get to fight, he’s not a hard guy to figure out. I feel like I can beat him right now. There’s a lot of things in the past that I wasn't doing correctly. It was kind of a learning process for me. This sport still being so new, earlier in my career I loved to compete and I was making a little bit of money, but I don’t think I was as focused and disciplined as I am now. I’ve surrounded myself with such good people. Good coaching and training partners, guys that really believe in me."

This could be a good match-up, but is Shields interested?  We will have to wait and see at this point.