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Ellenberger wants Condit, ideally in the summer

ESPN staff
February 16, 2012
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Jake Ellenberger wants Carlos Condit as his next fight after victory over Diego Sanchez on Wednesday, and he claimed Sanchez was tougher than the Natural Born Killer.

Ellenberger outclassed Sanchez for over two rounds in the UFC on Fuel main event, only suffering in the dying stages when he could not use his right hand. A slip then allowed Sanchez to pour on late pressure, but Ellenberger still walked away with the decision.

The Juggernaut's last loss came against Condit, a fight Ellenberger lost via split decision on 11 days' notice. Condit is currently dormant, waiting for champion Georges St-Pierre to return from injury, so a rematch with Ellenberger could be made.

UFC president Dana White says the fight is unlikely, advising Condit to wait for St-Pierre, something Ellenberger understands. However, the Omaha-native would love to rematch Condit given the chance.

"If it were up to me, [my next fight] would be Carlos," Ellenberger told Fox Sports. "Obviously I would love to get a rematch with Condit. That's my goal right now, to win the world title. But I've got some things to work on, so we'll see where it goes from here."

Asked why he thinks he would win a rematch with Condit, Ellenberger answered: "[The biggest difference] is in controlling the range and my distance. My Muay Thai coach, master Rafael Cordeiro, is an amazing coach.

"We work a lot on foot speed and always being offensive. I keep learning each fight. [I need to improve on] some small things, some positions. I made some mistakes tonight, but luckily, I can go back to work and refocus.

"The rematch with Condit, I would love to do that, but my job is to be prepared every time I get in there. I'd like to stay active. Maybe late spring, early summer. I don't choose who I fight, so it's up to Dana and the UFC, and I'm always ready."

As for Sanchez, Ellenberger commented: "He's a warrior, definitely the toughest guy I've ever fought."

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