Jake Ellenberger: Loss to Carlos Condit keeps me up at night; I know I can beat him

Carlos Condit kicks Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 19 in Sept. 2009.

And it hurts to know that you belong here ...

UFC Welterweight Jake Ellenberger is living the nightmare of his only Octagon defeat coming at the hands of current Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit by razor thin split decision.

On a recent appearance on UFC Tonight, he talked about how he's dealing with it:

"It's something that keeps me up at night. The first fight, I took the fight on two weeks notice. I'm going to be honest, that's the fight that really keeps me up at night. It makes me want to work harder and motivates me. To see where he's at, I know I can beat him."

The circumstances surrounding that first match-up are worth taking note of, namely the fact that, as Ellenberger so helpfully pointed out, he took the fight on just two weeks notice. Hey, the world's largest fight promotion came calling with the opportunity of a lifetime, what was he going to do, pass it up?

Of course not, and that's why he made the best of a less than ideal situation. That best was almost good enough to defeat a man who hasn't lost a fight since then, including his recent title victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 143 on Feb. 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Now, "The Natural Born Killer" is lying in wait for the actual 170-pound champion, Georges St. Pierre, to get healthy enough to compete. It's unlikely he'll fight in the meantime, so Ellenberger's nightmare will continue.

For now.

Hear more from "The Juggernaut" after the jump, including his thoughts on his recent victory over Diego Sanchez and his place in the welterweight division.

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