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UFC welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger is a very confident man, and why wouldn't he be? "The Juggernaut" has some of the heaviest hands at 170 pounds and he's out to prove it against former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt in their UFC 158 main card battle this weekend. Find out what he had to say below.
"In my mind, when I'm at my best I can beat anyone in the world at 170 and I have to prove that. It's not a matter of who, it's a matter of when and where for me. Nate Marquardt is a very well-rounded fighter. I couldn't tell you somewhere he stands out where he's weak. He's a veteran who's been fighting for a long time. I've got to beat him to prove that I'm a contender for this title. Emotions are not going to win fights, action is. For me, I know I've got to be offensive regardless of who I fight. I've got to go in there and I've got to win. I don't know if I'm the best welterweight in the world right now but I know I can beat anyone in the world and that's all I need to know. I know I can beat Nate Marquardt."
--Don't say Jake Ellenberger isn't confident. "The Juggernaut" believes he can beat any welterweight on the planet when he's at his best. The Nebraska native was on a torrid six fight winning streak in the shark tank that is the UFC's welterweight division, but he had his momentum halted by Martin Kampmann last June. Ellenberger rebounded by avenging a prior loss to Jay Hieron at UFC on FX 5 in October and he's now slated to take on former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nate Marquardt in "The Great's" return to the Octagon next weekend (March 16, 2013) on the UFC 158 main card. Will he prove himself in Montreal?