UFC Fight Night 25 Results: Jake Shields Succumbs To Jake Ellenberger In First Round

Bay Area product Jake Shields took on Jake Ellenberger in the UFC's welterweight division, headlining the UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger card. Ellenberger got the upset win in the first round by TKO.. For more on the event or MMA in general, head over to Bloody Elbow and MMA Nation.

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UFC Fight Night 25 Results: Jake Ellenberger Scores First Round TKO On Jake Shields

It wasn't the ideal day for Bay Area mixed martial arts, as Jake Shields of Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu found himself slipping further away from getting back at a shot for welterweight gold, losing in the first round to Jake Ellenberger by way of TKO in the main event at UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger. Shields started off the fight looking for a pawing jab and attempted to get the fight to the mat or up against the cage, as is his specialty as a wrestler. Ellenberger is no slouch himself in that regard, he shrugged off the takedowns and went for a couple one-two punch combinations, before landing big on Shields with a knee. Shields started to crumple and Ellenberger pulled him down into another knee and that was, how you say, that.

Ellenberger swarmed and landed two huge shots on the side of the head of the turtling Shields, who managed to get a hand up and in the way to block off a couple more, but was doing nothing to improve his position at all and referee Kevin Mulhall jumped in to stop the fight. Shields was so out of it that he tried to grab a single leg on the referee, who was able to stuff it, to his credit. Officially, Ellenberger gets a TKO at 53 seconds of the very first round of action.

It was the perfect result for Ellenberger, a strong wrestler in his own right, but one who prefers to strike to set up a grinding attack in the later rounds. The gameplan going in was one of "sprawl-and-brawl," and that's exactly what he did: stuffed the takedowns and found Shields' chin. Ellenberger has been waiting to crack into the upper echelon of the UFC's welterweight division, with his last two opponents bailing for bigger fights after being scheduled.

While the loss doesn't necessarily hurt Bay Area MMA, the San Francisco-based Shields will need to go back to the drawing board. At the very least, Ellenberger is based in Lake Forest, California ... so at least we're keeping a rising star in-state. Next for Ellenberger would be the very best the division has to offer: guys like BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Nick Diaz - all of the guys who necessitate a potential shot at champion Georges St. Pierre. For Shields, a step down and some work on his always-shaky standup is required. 

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UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger Fight Preview, Bay Area Represented In Main Event

Bay Area product Jake Shields is taking on Jake Ellenberger in the UFC's welterweight division, headlining the UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger card. Both fighters are taking criticism and both fighters need this fight for their careers, but it's going to be a close one. For more on the event or MMA in general, head over to Bloody Elbow and MMA Nation.

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