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UFC 184: Jake Ellenberger Has Worked on Finding His “Dark Place”

Kelsey Mowatt

Jake Ellenberger

Jake Ellenberger has dropped three straight fights, but the welterweight contender says the setbacks have had more to do with his mental state, rather than his skill set.

Ellenberger is set to face Josh Koscheck at UFC 184 this Saturday, after dropping bouts to Robbie Lawler, Rory MacDonald and most recently Kelvin Gastelum. “The Juggernaut” recently spoke to UFC.com, and while discussing his preparation for the upcoming fight, he relayed:

“It’s put a different perspective on fighting as actual combat and life threatening,” Ellenberger said. “I’ve tended to be a little bit too relaxed and not view things maybe the way I should. Even with my last fight (against Gastelum) specifically, I get too relaxed in certain positions or I don’t really feel threatened, and in a way I can kind of look past somebody. But it’s all about your mind. It doesn’t matter how much skill or talent you have, and for me I focused on my psychological development. I don’t need to learn how to fight; it’s getting out of a box and finding that dark place inside of me and mentally evolving a little bit.”

It will be interesting to see how Ellenberger comes out for the bout. It’s an important match-up for both men, no question, as Koscheck has also lost three in a row.

UFC 184 will be hosted by the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

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