Jake Ellenberger dropping heavy leather
The main event of UFC Live from New Orleans features a welterweight bout between the seasoned veteran and former champion Jake Shields and the rising prospect Jake "The Juggernaut" Ellenberger.
Shields needs no introduction to fight fans. A former EliteXC welterweight champion, Strikeforce middleweight champion, and the No. 1 contender for Georges St-Pierre's title belt in the UFC, Shields has been at the top of his game for years.
Brilliant on the ground, there is no hiding the fact that Shields will look for submission attempts repeatedly while working through transitions in the jiu-jitsu game.
Continually developing a solid stand-up striking game to compliment his world-class grappling talents, Shields is a dangerous fighter both on his feet and on the ground.
Whereas Shields has the talents to stand and trade in the Octagon, Ellenberger has the knockout power to defeat his opposition with one punch.
Securing 16 knockout victories during his career, Jake Shields will not want to test the power of Ellenberger come this Saturday.
A tremendous collegiate wrestler, Ellenberger has excellent take-down defense and can keep this fight standing.
Potentially a poor matchup for Shields, the former champion will need to take Ellenberger to the ground and expose his weaknesses within the jiu-jitsu game to secure a victory.
With only loss by submission in 30 professional fights, Ellenberger is not an easy opponent to secure a tapout victory against.
In the end, this matchup will come down to Octagon control. If Shields can take Ellenberger to the ground and control the flow of the fight, he will secure a decision victory.
Conversely, if Ellenberger can prevent the take-down attempts by Shields and keep this fight standing, he will provide Shields with his second knockout loss of his career.
Winner: Jake Ellenberger via Round 3 TKO