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UFC 184: Jake Ellenberger plans to be a 'soulless, risk-taking freak' against Josh Koscheck

Maybe he can say hello to Georges St. Pierre on his trip to the dark side.

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Once the Octagon door slams shut, fans aren't always guaranteed to get the fight the two men (or women) locked inside the cage promised to deliver after months and months of pre-fight hype.

That's because talking-the-talk and walking-the-walk are two entirely different things.

As a result, the fans who dished out their hard-earned money to buy the pay-per-view (PPV) event often have the feeling of regret following a dud. But at the end of the day, much like the combatants going toe-to-toe inside the cage, the consumer paying for it is also taking a risk.

Jake Ellenberger, however, wants to do something about it, and recently told UFC.com that he plans to take a few more risks inside the Octagon in order to get a finish victory while entertaining the fans around the globe who shell out their hard-earned coin to see one.

"No one buys a ticket to watch Jake Ellenberger talk or fight. It's 'The Juggernaut,' the savage guy who doesn't care, and that's what we're trying to bring more out of. It's been too much of a position battle. Nobody likes to watch that. In fighting, people don't pay $55 to watch a pay-per-view of a guy who's going to out-position a guy. That's the reality. And to finish fights, you have to take risks and that's one of those balances you have to find. You gotta be able to touch that dark side of yourself and really become a soulless freak. And that's where I'm going to find more success in this sport."

Not that there's anything wrong with a grappling battle.

The longtime Octagon veteran has never been one to shy away from an exciting scrap, earning countless knockout and submission victories inside the cage.

But he does admit that lately he's been a bit too relaxed in his fights and vows to step outside of the box in his bout against Josh Koscheck, which goes down this weekend (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) at UFC 184 in Los Angeles, California.

"It's put a different perspective on fighting as actual combat and life threatening. I've tended to be a little bit too relaxed and not view things maybe the way I should. Even with my last fight specifically, I get too relaxed in certain positions or I don't really feel threatened, and in a way I can kind of look past somebody. But it's all about your mind. It doesn't matter how much skill or talent you have, and for me I focused on my psychological development. I don't need to learn how to fight; it's getting out of a box and finding that dark place inside of me and mentally evolving a little bit."

Perhaps Jake's new attitude could prove to be one that ends his three-fight skid.

For more on his upcoming bout against Koscheck, who will see the inside of the Octagon for the first time in over 15 months, click here.

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