Yes, I am putting this fight, even though it's a Main Event, on this list. Why? Because I think people will over look any non-title Main Event over the next few months as every championship will be defended between now and Thanksgiving.
Every MMA fan knows who Shields is. Won championships in organizations all over the United States, held a 15 fight win streak that came to end when he lost his Welterweight Championship match to Georges St-Pierre in the Main Event of UFC 129 in April. Shields will now look to rebound from his 1st loss since 2005 against Ellenberger.
Ellenberger is less-known to the casual MMA fan, though he has a career record of 25-5 and has been in the UFC since 2009. Ellenberger is 4-1 in the UFC, and has won his last 4 fights in the octagon, including wins over Mike Pyle and John Howard. His only loss came in his UFC debut back in September of 2009 to now- top contender Carlos Condit.
It will be interesting to see how Shields rebounds from a loss, seeing as that he hasn't experience one in 6 years. For Ellenberger, UFC President Dana White has already mad clear that if Ellenberger wins, he will be offered a fight against Diego Sanchez, Jon Fitch, or a re-match with Condit. But, no pressure or anything...