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Jake Ellenberger’s June bout with Martin Kampmann will name #1 contender

With the UFC’s welterweight division currently on hold while interim champion Carlos Condit waits for linear title-holder Georges St. Pierre’s recovery from knee surgery, fans have been left wondering how stand-out scrapper Jake Ellenberger (27-5) would be treated given his recent run of success inside the Octagon.

Ellenberger expressed interest in facing Condit for his temporary title but instead received a June 1 match-up with Martin Kampmann (19-5) at the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. However, it appears a win against Kampmann will have the same end result as one over Condit, as the UFC confirmed earlier today that their bout would serve to determine a top contender at 170-pounds.

Both Ellenberger and Condit have looked sharp in recent outings. The former is currently on a six-fight winning streak including success against Mike Pyle, Jake Shields, and Diego Sanchez, while the latter holds ten wins under the UFC banner including those against Condit, Paulo Thiago, Rick Story, and Thiago Alves.

No other bouts have been announced for the event, though it will of course feature the final fight from the ongoing season of TUF.


MMATraining Take: It’s a nice story, and I’m glad the UFC is lining up an opponent for Condit in case GSP suffers a setback, but I’m not excited about the idea of Ellenberger or Kampmann sitting out 6-9 months minimum to get their eventual crack at a championship.


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