Ellenberger: "I Can Go Five Rounds" | UFC NEWS
By Jamie McAllister
Jake Ellenberger comments while on MMAWeekly Radio.
Jake Ellenberger hits back at claims he has issues with his cardio following the Diego Sanchez fight.
“Well first I think Diego is an extremely tough fight. I think he’s a tough fight for anybody in the world. He would be a tough fight for anybody who competes in MMA. I say that because you can watch this guy on TV and say wow he looks tough, but anybody who fights him and you’ll see how tough he is,”
“He’s not going to roll over, he fights with a lot of heart and that’s not that common. A lot of guys don’t have a lot of heart and he definitely does. He definitely had me in a bad position in that third round. That’s a very hard position, but I actually love that position. I do that position a lot myself so I know how extremely tough it is to get out of it.”
Ellenberger feels he could have gone five rounds with Sanchez in his last bout.
“In the last fight could I have gone five rounds? Absolutely. I think people need to take in mind (saying) ‘oh he looked tired.’ Well, he had my back. That is the worst position to be in, in a fight. I’d rather be mounted than for someone to have your back because it’s so hard to escape. I obviously escaped the position at the end of the fight, but could I have fought two more rounds? Absolutely,”
“People can speculate but if I had to go five (rounds) I absolutely could.”
Ellenberger also comments on the nature of the sport and has no concern for outside opinions.
“People are always going to judge and say what they want, and jump ship, but that’s the sincerity of this sport,”
“People like to make opinions and change their minds on very small things.”
“People talk all the time, I don’t really care to be honest. I’m just going to control what I can control, and I’m going to prepare myself for five rounds knowing that this fight could definitely go five rounds,”