You can't always get what you want.
Former multiple promotion champion Jake Shields recently cast his line, fishing for a fight against B.J. Penn for his first bout inside the Octagon since his unanimous decision defeat against Georges St. Pierre this past April.
Unfortunately, that plan hit a snag and he will not be exchanging fists with "The Prodigy." Instead, he reeled in a "Juggernaut," as he will tango with Jake Ellenberger.
The promotion made the contest official earlier today.
The best part? It's going down on Sept. 17 in New Orleans as the main event of UFC Fight Night 25: "Battle on the Bayou," the heavily promoted Bud Light sponsored event that will air free on Spike TV.
This will mark the first time Shields will enter a fight coming off a loss since Nov. 2005 and he's drawn one hell of a test in his return to the cage.
Rick Story has garnered a reputation as the man to call if you need a short notice replacement for a tough fight; however, he's not the one that invented the wheel. Jake Ellenberger has been on Zuffa speed dial for quite some time now.
Despite his propensity for taking difficult tests whenever necessary, the collegiate champion wrestler has amassed an impressive 4-1 record in the UFC, with his only defeat coming in his debut.
Even that loss was an extremely close split decision defeat to Carlos Condit, who is currently knocking on the door to a title shot of his own.
A win over former championship challenger Jake Shields would go a long way in putting Ellenberger over the top. But can he do it?
UFC Fight Night 25, a Bud Light sponsored event known as "Battle on the Bayou," is set to go down on Sept. 17 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The event will be headlined by Shields vs. Ellenberger but will also feature Jonathan Brookins first appearance since winning The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 when he drops down in weight to take on Erik Koch in 145-pound action.
In addition, Court McGee vs. Dongi Yang and Alan Belcher vs. Jason MacDonald will take place on the card.
As usual, keep it locked right here at MMAmania.com for more on this still-developing fight card.