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Jake Ellenberger Down to Fight Bryan Barberena

Jake Ellenberger Down to Fight Bryan Barberena

UFC welterweight staple Jake Ellenberger accepts challenge from Bryan Barberena.

Feb 24, 2017 by Duane Finley
Jake Ellenberger Down to Fight Bryan Barberena
Jake Ellenberger is down to fight anyone the UFC puts in front of him. That’s the approach he’s taken his entire MMA career and it’s a course he’ll hold until his fighting days are done.

That said, from time to time fellow fighters will call him out, and hasten the matchmaking process for “The Juggernaut.”

During a stop on the #FCRoadTrip project, MMA Lab representative Bryan Barberena told FloCombat he’d love to fight Ellenberger next. “Bam Bam” made it crystal clear there was no disrespect intended with the callout, just a fighter looking land a guaranteed scrap.

"There is someone I'd like to fight though," Barberena said. "I don't know if he'd like to fight me, but it would be a good one for the fans. I'd like to fight Jake Ellenberger. I think it would be a good fight for the fans. I have nothing against him. I've met him in person, fought his brother and no hard feelings. I just think it would be a great fight."

Shortly after the interview with Barberena concluded, FloCombat reached out to Ellenberger for comment on the matter. And in signature Ellenberger form, his response was quick and definitive.

“He’s like the eighth guy to call me out in the past month but sure,” Ellenberger said via text. “I’m in and it would be a great scrap.”

Both fighters are coming off losses in their most recent contests and a bout between the two would be a sure-shot hit for fight fans. Ellenberger lost to Jorge Masvidal in highly controversial fashion at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale in December. In a freak occurrence, the Kings MMA fighter had his foot stuck between the cage and the canvas during the tilt, and ultimately suffered a TKO loss rather than a “No Contest” due to injury.

Barberena suffered a setback at the hands of Colby Covington at UFC on Fox 22 on Dec. 3, but has found success in two of his past three showings inside the Octagon.