The UFC returns to Louisiana in September for UFC Fight Night 25, and a key welterweight matchup between Jake Shields (26-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Jake Ellenberger (25-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) headlines the card.
Shields is hoping to earn a second crack at the UFC welterweight title, while Ellenberger is hoping to prove his legitimacy as a contender with a signature win.
In our latest MMAjunkie.com/”Inside MMA” poll, and the results were revealed on Friday’s new episode of HDNet’s weekly MMA news show, and it was fairly one-sided.
The most popular response, with 35 percent of the vote, was Shields via submission.
While it’s been a while since Shields has earned a stoppage win, it’s certainly not out of the question. Shields owns 10 career victories via submission, including wins over Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley, Nick Thompson, Mike Pyle, Ido Pariente and Ray Steinbeiss during an incredible 15-fight win streak that was recently snapped by St-Pierre.
Close behind was Shields via decision, which secured 29 percent of the vote. Another three percent voted for Shields via knockout or TKO, meaning a total of 67 percent of votes favor the former Strikeforce champ.
Those supporting Ellenberger favored a knockout or TKO win, with 21 percent of the total response predicting the result. Another 10 percent voted Ellenberger via decision, and just two percent predicted him to win via submission.
The results could be seen as a little surprising considering Ellenberger is returning from a stunning first-round knockout of Sean Pierson and currently carries a four-fight win streak in the octagon. In fact, Ellenberger is 8-1 in his past nine overall fights.
When shown the results of the poll, Ellenberger remained unflappable.
“It fuels the fire,” Ellenberger said of receiving so little of the vote. “It’s just people’s opinions, but at the end of the day, it really doesn’t mater.”