A compelling welterweight bout takes place this weekend between Jake Ellenberger and Jay Hieron, which takes place this Friday in Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 5, 2012). They previously have fought earlier in their MMA careers, and it was Jay Hieron who got the better of Ellenberger, earning him a unanimous decision in the IFL back in 2006.
Jake Ellenberger comes into this fight with an overall record 27-6. He is coming off a tough KO loss to Martin Kampmann earlier in the year, and he will look to rebuild his name in this heavily contested welterweight division. Ellenberger has notable wins over Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez, Mike Pyle, and John Howard.
Jake is one of the most powerful strikers in the division and also has competent wrestling skills. He was on an incredible 6 fight winning streak before losing to Kampmann, and a win over a tough veteran like Jay Hieron puts him right back into title contention.
Jay Hieron comes into this fight with an overall record of 23-5. He is coming off a great win over Romario da Silva via d’arce choke. This will be Hieron’s first appearance in the UFC since 2005, and he will look to get right back into the title mix as well with a win over Ellenberger.
Since leaving the UFC, Hieron has put an impressive winning streak together under the Bellator banner, and it will be interesting to see if he can finally compete with the best that the UFC has to offer.
This fight has the makings to be fight of the night because both fighters like to put on exciting fights for the fans. For Ellenberger, he will look to use his power while standing on the feet and land something big in hopes of scoring the knockout. He certainly has the skills to do it, and he wants to prove to everyone that he has improved by leaps and bounds since these two first met each other inside the ring.
For Hieron, he will look to make this grind-out war in hopes of utilizing his cardio and footwork to set up take downs when the oppurtunity presents itself. Hieron is a blue-collar fighter; he likes to wear his opponents down until they break under his will. It will be interesting to see if he can make it 2-0 against Ellenberger, and a win for Hieron would be one of the biggest wins in his mma career to date.