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Shields asked for Penn or Fitch, he was given Ellenberger

Jake Shields will face ‘tough’ Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25 in the headliner, but this was not by the former Strikeforce champions first choice.

 “I fight whoever they tell me, but when they asked me (to fight) Ellenberger, my first reaction was I want to fight someone like B.J. or Fitch. But they wanted me to fight Ellenberger and it was a main event. I’m willing to fight whoever they want. I’m not one to say no, especially if it’s a main event. So I said, ‘sure, I’ll do it.’ But I was hoping to fight Fitch on the San Jose card. I didn’t ask too many questions. I just asked, ‘you know, what about Fitch?’ And they sounded like they were kind of set. Just being in a main event is a big thing. If I were to sit there to complain about that, I’d be an idiot.”

Fitch was hoping to fight in his backyard at the San Jose, CA card on November 19, UFC 139:Velasquez vs Dos Santos card. Of course at this time we see that Penn will be fighting former WEC champ Carlos Condit, and Jon Fitch is still in recovery from a recent injury.

Source: MMA Weekly

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