Welterweight Jake Ellenberger had won seven of his previous eight fights in the Octagon leading up to this UFC 158 bout with Nate Marquardt. Marquardt, a former Strikeforce champion, looks for his first win in the Octagon.
Prior to this fight with Marquardt, Ellenberger was on a one fight winning streak. But what happened to lead up this fight? Well, he was on a six fight winning streak with wins over Mike Pyle, John Howard and Sean Pierson just to name a few. He beat Jake Shields via 1st Rd KO at UFC – Fight Night 25 on Sep / 17 / 2011 and then beat Diego Sanchez via Unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 1 – Sanchez vs. Ellenberger on Feb / 15 / 2012. He went on to beat Jay Hieron via Unanimous decision at UFC on FX 5 – Browne vs. Bigfoot on Oct / 05 / 2012.
This was the return to the UFC for Marquardt in this fight. Prior to this fight, he was 2-2 in his last four fights. He lost to Yushin Okami via Unanimous decision at UFC 122 – Marquardt vs. Okami on Nov / 13 / 2010. He beat Dan Miller via Unanimous decision at UFC 128 – Shogun vs. Jones on Mar / 19 / 2011. He then went to Strikeforce where he beat Tyron Woodley via 4th Rd KO at Strikeforce – Rockhold vs. Kennedy on Jul / 14 / 2012. He lost to Tarec Saffiedine via Unanimous decision at Strikeforce – Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on Jan / 12 / 2013.
After this fight Ellenberger lost to Rory MacDonald via Unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 8 – Johnson vs. Moraga on Jul / 27 / 2013.
After this fight Marquardt lost to Hector Lombard via 1st Rd KO at UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 on Oct / 19 / 2013.
Ellenberger will meet meet Robbie Lawler on May 24th at UFC 173.
Marquardt will meet James Te Huna on June 28th.