Ryu.... er, um, Shields is the sentimental favorite.
Wins: 3 (T)KOs
Losses: 1 (T)KO
• Shields hasn't fought since his loss to GSP in April, and more importantly, since the death of his father/manager on Aug. 30. Shields seems like the type of fighter who will be motivated rather than distracted by his father's passing, so we should see a "Rocky after Mickey died" version of Jake Shields, who happens to look like Ryu from Streetfighter.
"Aint so bad, Ellenberger, aint so bad!"
Nickname: The Juggernaut
Wins: 15 (T)KOs
Losses: 1 submission
• This would be a big win for Ellenberger, who is on a four-fight win streak since his loss to Condit, three of them coming by (T)KO. Ellenberger is a strong wrestler but would prefer to stand up with Shields who is also an elite wrestler as well as a BJJ black belt.
Prediction: An inspired Shields uses superior cardio to outpace Ellenberger, but will be unable to submit him. This is a sentimental pick for sure, but Shields is going to win by a split decision, which will put him right back into the welterweight mix and possibly set up a fight between one of the winners from UFC 137.
At some point in the fight, Shields will be down and that's when he'll hear an angel whisper into his ear, "Get up, you son of a gun!"