Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann Confirmed for TUF Live Finale
By FCF Staff
In what could very well be a title shot eliminator, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that Jake Ellenberger will fight fellow welterweight contender Martin Kampmann on June 1st. The bout will headline the promotion’s upcoming “Ultimate Fighter Live Finale” in Las Vegas, and will be a five round contest.
Ellenberger (27-5) continued his climb up the welterweight rankings in February by working his way to a unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez. The 26 year-old vet has won six straight fights since he lost by split decision to current interim champ Carlos Condit in September, 2009.
Kampmann (19-5) is also coming off a pivotal win, as the 29 year-old welterweight tapped out Thiago Alves with a third round, guillotine choke, at the UFC’s second FX card earlier this month. Although the well rounded fighter is 3-2 in his last five bouts, the decision losses he incurred to Jake Shields and the aforementioned Sanchez were tightly contested bouts.
Following Kampmann’s memorable victory over Alves on March 6th, the Danish fighter was quick to call for a rematch with Condit, who he defeated by split decision in April, 2009. Upon being asked for his thoughts about Kampmann’s title shot aspirations, Ellenberger relayed to FCF shortly after:
“If anything, I think me and Kampmann should fight. I think we should fight and the winner of that gets Condit.”
“I mean, Condit and I had a close, controversial fight, but if anyone’s earned a rematch with him it’s been me,” Ellenberger added. “I’ve had six wins in a row against all high level guys. It’s hard to win two in a row in the UFC. Beating Thiago Alves is a big win, but I’d say, you know what, let’s have me and Martin fight.”
The June 1st TUF finale will be broadcast live via FX and FUEL TV.