David Posted August 29, 2011 Share Posted August 29, 2011 Jake Ellenberger vs. Jake Shields Court McGee vs. Dongi Yang Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch Alan Belcher vs. Jason MacDonald Cody McKenzie vs. Vagner Rocha* Shamar Bailey vs. Evan Dunham * Lance Benoist vs. Matt Riddle* Ken Stone vs. Donny Walker* Clay Harvison vs. DaMarques Johnson* Daniel Roberts vs. T.J. Waldburger* Mike Lullo vs. Mackens Semerzier* Justin Edwards vs. Jorge Lopez* *prelim fight UFC welterweight contender Jake Shields knows all about disappointment. Shields lost a unanimous decision to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre this past April, and he said he regrets several aspects of his performance in what he admits was an "overwhelming" experience. Now Shields must face a tough Jake Ellenberger, who has spent months calling out his UFC Fight Night 25 foe. However, Shields said he hasn't taken any of the trashtalk to heart. After all, Shields insists, he really doesn't even know who Ellenberger is. "I don't really know who the guy is," Shields told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "That's my statement. I have no opinion of the guy yet. I guess I don't even know if I don't like him or not. I just hear he keeps talking crap. I don't know. I'm not sure why because I don't even know who he is." Ellenberger began calling for a fight with Shields this past October, shortly after the former Strikeforce champ earned a victory in his UFC debut with a split-decision win over Martin Kampmann. "Jake Shields, you're as exciting as watching a bowl of mashed potatoes get cold," Ellenberger posted on his Twitter account. "Your days are numbered. "Jake Shields' cardio won't be a factor if he fights me next. I won't keep him around long enough to get tired." Instead, Shields went on to face St-Pierre. In the meantime, Ellenberger rattled off wins over Sean Pierson and Carlos Eduardo Rocha, upping his octagon win streak to four fights. Now the two will meet in the main event of "UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger," which takes place Sept. 17 in New Orleans. Between now and then, the trashtalk between the two will inevitably increase, but Shields said he really has no need at this time to engage in such banter. "I don't really know much about the guy," Shields said. "I only heard of him for the first time maybe six months ago. People said this kid kept talking crap about me. I still think I've only seen him fight once, so I don't have much opinion. I'll have to watch him fight more so I can make an opinion of him. Personally, I know I don't like him, but as a fighter, I don't really have much of an opinion of him yet. "I'm not saying he's not a good fighter. I just find it kind of amusing. This guy apparently has some kind of beef with me for some reason. Maybe I stole one of his girlfriends or something." For Ellenberger, the fight is likely the biggest of his career to date. Relatively unknown to casual fans when he made his UFC debut in 2009, the 26-year-old has impressed in five total octagon showings. Meanwhile, Shields Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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