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Wednesday, 03/28/2012, 12:27 pm

Jake Ellenberger Doesn’t Think Kampmann Can Make It Out Of The Second Round With Him


“He is dangerous, he’s got good submissions. He has beaten a lot of guys, a lot of respectable fighters. I cannot take anything away from him and definitely cannot look past him at all. But, I will win the fight by TKO in first or second round… After June, I definitely want to fight at least one more time here. So, I’m not sure what is going to happen but, I’m going to keep fighting and when it’s my time, I’m going to dethrone the champion, whoever it is. I just don’t think it is going to be Carlos.”

In a recent interview with Pro MMA Radio, Jake Ellenberger talks about his scheduled bout against Martin Kampmann set for “The Ultimate Fighter 15” Finale.

Can he deliver on the talk or will “The Hitman” prove him wrong?

Check out page two to see what he said about the Diego Sanchez fight and a rematch with Carlos Condit.

Read More: Jake Ellenberger (News), Martin Kampmann (News), UFC

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“Yeah, it’s like a baseball team losing in nine innings, and they say, “Yeah well it would have went 12 then we would have won.” Well, you know what? It didn’t. Or if it was a wrestling match, NCAA finals, “Oh if it would have went to overtime I would have won.” Really? Well, that’s irrelevant. People have their opinions and I respect Diego as a fighter. That guy is a warrior, I have nothing bad to say about the guy. It’s an honor to fight him and people can speculate all they want, but, trust me, I assure you that if I had to go five rounds, I could have. Was I tired? Sure, but I assure you he was just as tired as I was. You can always do so much more than you think you can. When you have to, you will. I know if I had to go five rounds I could have, I would have forced myself. That’s one of the things the Marine Corp. taught me.”

“I felt I won the fight but the judges saw it the other way. There is nothing I can do about that. Here is the thing I do know, I know I can beat him and he does not want to fight me because he knows the same thing too. Me fighting Condit is out of my control right now but I’m just going to keep moving forward you know? Our job as fighters is to compete and fight when they tell us to fight. We don’t choose who we fight and we don’t choose when we fight, so, it is frustrating for me because I am wanting to get a rematch with Carlos Condit. But at the same time I can’t control that. But I have to agree, what is the point of having an interim champ if they are not active. If the champ is not being active, then that’s the point of the interim champion is to stay active and have a contender and seeing who the number one contender is, but it’s out of my control, unfortunately. He knows I can beat him and there is a lot of potential of me beating him, so I don’t think he wants to risk losing his interim title, which I don’t even understand that but, he wants to wait for GSP.”

Read More: Jake Ellenberger (News), Martin Kampmann (News), UFC

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