Back on Sept. 16, 2009, Jake Ellenberger did the UFC a solid by stepping in on short notice to take on Carlos Condit, who was coming off a close split decision loss to Martin Kampmann.
After three rounds of hard-fought action, this time the judges sided with Condit, as he took home a split decision of his own.
As it turned out, winning that fight was a precursor to bigger and better things. "The Natural Born Killer" went on a big run right after, besting Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim in three consecutive bonus winning efforts.
This led to a bout against B.J. Penn, which turned into a title shot against Georges St. Pierre, which, thanks to an injury and a Nick Diaz, went away rather quickly and left Condit back at square one.
Now all the Greg Jackson trained fighter has is a promise for a number one contender bout on Feb. 4, 2012, on the undercard of the UFC 143: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" event.
But against who? There's one name from his past who wants to get another crack at him:
"That fight would definitely make sense," Jake Ellenberger told ESPN.com. "In his position, it's a dangerous fight for him. Going from the title fight to possibly... if he loses, who knows what will happen. But yeah, in a perfect world, I would like that fight myself. But that's up to the UFC and Carlos and we'll see what happens. I'm just training and preparing to fight right around January or February. We'll see what happens."
Since their fight in 2009, Condit is 4-0 with three knockouts and one split decision under his belt. During that same span of time, Ellenberger is 5-0 with four knockouts and one split decision under his belt.
Might as well be fate.
Of course, it's entirely possible UFC brass have yet to come around to Ellenberger as a legitimate title contender. But his 53 second knockout victory over Jake Shields presented as good a case as any that he deserves to be in a number one contender bout.
Anyone up for Condit vs. Ellenberger part deux with a 170-pound title shot on the line?