Last night marked the biggest fight of Jake Ellenberger’s career in the form of a main event match-up against former Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields at UFN 25. However, rather than succumb to the pressure, Ellenberger rose to the occasion and not only beat Shields but wiped the canvas with him courtesy of a well-placed knee followed up by a flurry of strikes.
Ellenberger’s showing in New Orleans resulted in the seventeenth strike-based stoppage of the 26-year old’s career and was the first time Shields had been finished in more than a decade. The streaking Ellenberger, who has won five straight now including defeats of John Howard and Mike Pyle, improved his overall record to 26-5 with his success over Shields.
Other notable performances at the UFC Battle on the Bayou included Alan Belcher’s triumphant return to the ring against Jason MacDonald after a sixteen-month layoff while recovering from what was nearly a career-ending eye injury, Erik Koch outpointing Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Jonathan Brookins in a competitive clash, and TUF 12 champ Court McGee coming back from a lackluster start to pull out the decision victory over Dongi Yang.
Here is a full list of UFN 25 results:
Justin Edwards def. Jorge Lopez via Unanimous Decision
Robert Peralta def. Mike Lullo via Unanimous Decision
T.J. Waldburger def. Mike Stumpf via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
Seth Baczynski def. Clay Harvison via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Ken Stone def. Donny Walker via Technical Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
Lance Benoist def. Matt Riddle via Unanimous Decision
Evan Dunham def. Shamar Bailey via Unanimous Decision
Vagner Rocha def. Cody McKenzie via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Alan Belcher def. Jason MacDonald via Verbal Submission Round 1 (Strikes)
Erik Koch def. Jonathan Brookins via Unanimous Decision
Court McGee def. Dongi Yang via Unanimous Decision
Jake Ellenberger def. Jake Shields via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
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MMATraining Take: It’s impossible to know how differently things might have gone for Shields without the recent death of his father casting a shadow over the proceedings but Ellenberger deserves full credit. He came in looking especially sharp and cracked Shields, fair and square. Overall the event was relatively solid with a handful of highlights, some impressive outcomes, and even a couple of sub-25 fighters like Koch and Lance Benoist who made it clear they should be forces to contender with in the very near future.