Jake Ellenberger fought his way up the ranks, competing in 24 fights, as he waited for his opportunity to join the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster.
Saturday night, Ellenberger will compete in his highest-profile bout to date when he fights Jake Shields in the main event of UFC's "Fight Night" at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The card can be seen live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. EDT.
"It was all about timing," Ellenberger, 26, said. "I wanted to be ready. I had a few offers before. But when I went there and I was going to fight in the UFC, I was going to be ready to fight for the title. I wanted to be able to compete with the best and be world champ."