Jake Ellenberger UFC 126Jake Ellenberger understands Johny Hendricks’ frustration about not getting a title shot all too well.

Coming off of a six-fight win streak that included wins over former title contenders Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez, it appeared Ellenberger would be the man in line for a shot at interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, who captured the belt while Georges St-Pierre was on the shelf due to injury.

Condit opted to sit and wait for the chance to face St-Pierre instead of defending the belt, and so Ellenberger’s title shot fell by the wayside. While there was definitely frustration at the time, looking back Ellenberger understands why Condit waited, and so he also understands why St-Pierre is now fighting Nick Diaz instead of Johny Hendricks.

It’s all about business.

“I’ve been in his shoes before; I feel for him. It’s the business. Don’t hate the player, hate the game, as one would say. That’s what I would say,” Ellenberger told MMAWeekly Radio after his fight against Hendricks was announced for UFC 158.

“Does he deserve to be No. 1 contender? Absolutely, I don’t disagree with that, and I think a lot of people are angry he’s not fighting GSP, but at the end of the day it’s a business and I’m going to go out on a limb and say Diaz and GSP’s going to sell a lot more tickets that GSP vs. Hendricks.”

Ellenberger has also stepped up when the UFC has asked him to in the past, and it’s cost him a possible title shot. When Condit opted to wait for St-Pierre, Ellenberger was instead matched up with Martin Kampmann and ended up losing by TKO in that fight.

Of course there’s still a little bit of bitterness about that loss sticking in Ellenberger’s mind, but it’s more about the defeat than the fact that he didn’t get a title shot.

He says it’s no different for Johny Hendricks this time around.

“I get it. It’s a great sport to be a part of, and you’ve got to understand the business and the entertainment aspect of the sport. I’ve been in the position he’s been in, and he wants to fight for the title, as do I and everybody else in the division,” said Ellenberger.

Following that loss to Kampmann, Ellenberger was able to bounce back and pick up a win over Jay Hieron, and now hopes to jump right back into the title race with a win over Johny Hendricks.

At a time when not too many welterweights have been begging to face the former NCAA champion, Ellenberger was the first one to call for the fight and now he gets his wish.

“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for my whole life. I think I’ve said that before, but you’re only as good as you’re last fight and this one is obviously important. It’s important for both of us,” said Ellenberger.

“I know him really well. I watched him wrestle in college, we have a lot of mutual friends, people that have trained together before. I’m excited to be in this position and have the opportunity to fight him.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest UFC 158 news and fight coverage.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Tyron Woodley on Johny Hendricks: 'I wanted to punch him in the face' in 2005

  • 12 days ago
  • 97 views

SASKATOON – Tyron Woodley said he won’t allow his history with Johny Hendricks to alter his approach when the two top welterweights clash at UFC 192 in October. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Joe Doerksen retires after 67 fights: 'I can still tie my shoes and remember my name'

  • 14 days ago
  • 13 views

Middleweight Joe Doerksen is retiring after 16 years as a professional MMA fighter and stints in several major MMA promotions.Filed under: News read news >>

Johny Hendricks doesn't care what Georges St-Pierre thinks, doesn't think Carlos Condit is exciting, either

  • 17 days ago
  • 201 views

http://www.mmamania.com/2015/7/26/9039039/johny-hendricks-ufc-194-still-hoping-theres-chance-robbie-lawler Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks, was amon read news >>

Tyron Woodley: Johny Hendricks' PR mistake led to UFC 192 matchup

  • 18 days ago
  • 132 views

Inside, Tyron Woodley admits he didn’t think his campaign to fight Johny Hendricks would prove fruitful. But then he saw “Bigg Rigg” make one major mistake and realized the long shot was about to bec read news >>

Tyron Woodley promises to beat Johny Hendricks 'like he's never been beat before'

  • 19 days ago
  • 17 views

I was excited. Sometimes you get offered a fight and you got those butterflies. You know this is a good fight, especially in our division. Everybody in our division is so tough and they're so gamey. read news >>

Why submission ace Dustin Hazelett walked away from UFC: He was genuinely happy

  • 20 days ago
  • 513 views

The cheering crowds are gone. There are no more $60,000 bonus checks for a job well done. However, blood, excitement, danger, adrenaline and the unknown? Those things do remain in the post-fight life read news >>

UFC 192: Tyron Woodley talks 'Straight Outta Compton' movie role, Johny Hendricks showdown

  • 21 days ago
  • 37 views

Tyron Woodley, actor and professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, is taking his talents to Houston, Texas, where he'll compete at the UFC 192 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Oct. 3, 2015. Waiting f read news >>

UFC 192: Johny Hendricks will remind people why UFC fighters are scared of his hands

  • 23 days ago
  • 26 views

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is still sore over the fact that matchmakers passed him over for a 170-pound title shot -- despite being ranked No. 1 read news >>

UFC 192's Tyron Woodley wanted to earn title shot by getting through Johny Hendricks

  • 24 days ago
  • 5 views

After months of lobbying, Tyron Woodley finally got his much-desired Welterweight fight against former division champion, Johny Hendricks, as the two men are set to throw down at UFC 192 on Oct. 3, 2 read news >>

The MMA Hour - 294 - Tyron Woodley

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

Tyron Woodley will discuss his UFC 192 fight against Johny Hendricks and his role in the upcoming film "Straight Outta Compton." read news >>