He said it, not me.
And with all due respect, "The Juggernaut" plans on putting him to sleep, as told to Aaron Tru:
"He has a lot more to lose than I do. I feel confident. It's just timing. This is where God's put me in my timing in my career. I'm going to put Jake Shields to sleep. I have no doubt. I'm coming in to win, I'm coming in to beat him and prove that I'm the better fight but uh, nothing but respect."
Ellenberger made a name for himself in the UFC by largely dominating whoever is put across from him, save for Carlos Condit who he nearly defeated but eventually lost a controversial split decision to.
This is information you would think Shields would be aware of but you would be wrong.
According to the Cesar Gracie product, he's never even watched his UFC Fight Night 25 opponent in action but he hears good things.
"It's a great fight. Headlining any UFC is awesome. I don't know too much about Jake Ellenberger, I hear he's tough. I haven't really had a chance to watch him fight yet but they tell me he's a tough up and comer so we're going to go out and we're going to find out."
A cursory glance at comments like that and hey, no big deal, right? But a second thought shows that Shields may be in for a little more than he bargained for come "Battle on the Bayou" on Sept. 17 in New Orleans.
As stated previously, Shields has a lot more to lose and taking it once step further, a lot less to gain.
For as good a fighter as Ellenberger is, he's never headlined a show and his name isn't exactly bringing butterflies to anyone's stomach.
Still, the match-up is definitely worthy of a main event billing on a free fight card.
Is Shields taking Ellenberger lightly simply because he doesn't know much about him? And will Ellenberger make him pay by putting him to sleep like he says he will?