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UFC Fight Night 108's Jake Ellenberger sees a 'schematic' to beat Mike Perry


Veteran UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger watched Mike Perry lose to Alan Jouban at UFC on FOX 22, so he has some data points on Perry’s weaknesses.

“There’s a blueprint, really, to beat anybody,” Ellenberger (31-12 MMA, 10-8 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio. “There’s definitely a schematic that Jouban played well into. With Perry, he’s a pretty straightforward guy.”

Straightforward doesn’t mean easy – eight opponents can attest to that. Before Perry (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) encountered Jouban, he had won all of his fights – including two in the UFC – by knockout, making him one of the more dangerous prospects in the 170-pound division.

Ellenberger doesn’t want to find himself victim No. 9, so whatever he does when they meet April 22 at UFC Fight Night 108, he needs to copy Jouban’s success in avoiding extended striking exchanges, which allow Perry to use his powerful gift.

The two serve on the FS1-televised main card of the event at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Earlier in his career, the breakdown on Ellenberger’s fight might have been a different story. Seven years ago, he went on a six-fight run where he knocked out four of his opponents. A lot of observers looked at him as knockout threat.

Multiple setbacks removed some of that luster. But they made Ellenberger become a smarter, more well-rounded fighter.

At 31, with 43 professional MMA fights to his credit, Ellenberger is still a work in progress. He’s taken to workouts designed to produce failure, so with each one he can get mentally tougher through adversity.

There’s no doubt he has an assets Perry can’t hope to match – experience and wisdom. Leveraging that to expose Perry’s shortcomings is his task.

“When I see Mike, I see a lot of that young, hungry kid,” he said. “But there’s definitely a lot of holes and ways to take advantage.”

Check out the video above to hear more from Ellenberger on his NSAC appeal, fighter pay and a UFC welterweight “Royal Rumble.”

And for more on UFC Fight Night 108, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.



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