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September 17th is the date set for UFC Fight Night, where Jake Shields is pitted against Jake Ellenberger in a battle to see who gets to keep their first name. No, that’s not true, and yes, that was a bad joke, but this is still a big fight for both fighters.
This is Shields’ first fight back since his disappointing showing in his highly anticipated matchup with GSP a few months back. Even though Shields is still the third-ranked welterweight according to many sources, he needs to put together a good showing to get over his rocky start in the UFC.
He needs to show why he was the Strikeforce champion, and that he rattled off 15 straight wins prior coming to the UFC not because of weaker competition, but because he earned it.
For Ellenberger, this is a once-in-a-career chance for him to make a splash in the division. Since his split-decision loss to Carlos Condit back in 2009, he has rattled of four straight wins, three of which he has ended. A win over Shields could vault him right back up the rankings in the division and prime him for a top five opponent in the coming future.