Both fighters need to climb back up the ladder after losses to fighters currently prepared to face off in a number one contender match.
Ellenberger seemed ready for prime time before a technical knockout loss to Martin Kampmann. He was on a six fight winning streak. It was a stunning loss that propelled Kampmann to real contender status. Before the win, many believed Kampmann was more of a gate keeper. That notion has been cleverly dispelled.
Ellenberger may still have a title run in him but Koscheck still fosters the same beliefs too. Ellenberger has garnered a step-up in talent; let’s see if he can handle it.
Koscheck is one of the best wrestlers in the division. He’s also a tough dude. His eye took a pounding in his title bout with Georges St. Pierre at UFC 124. He never gave up. I respect that.
After a questionable decision loss to Johny Hendricks -many think that Koscheck did enough to win- Koscheck needs this win just as much as Ellenberger if he wants to keep his stature in at welterweight.
Both fighters are ducking mediocrity with this fight. A loss shifts the loser to the bottom of the main card. It’s an upper middleclass purgatory of the division. Once you have tasted the top, upper middle just does not suffice.
Since both are good wrestlers, let’s see who is a better overall mixed martial artist. That is the good this about watching the UFC, it’s always settled in the Octagon.