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Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann Set As Number One Contender’s Bout

The matchup between Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann just became a little more important, as UFC President Dana White announced that the welterweights will battle for the number one contender’s position in their bout at The Ultimate Fighter: Live finale. The event takes place on June 1st from The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Ellenberger vs. Kampmann was announced a few weeks ago, following Kampmann’s comeback win vs. Thiago Alves at UFC on FX 2, and Ellenberger’s win vs. Diego Sanchez at UFC on Fuel TV 1. The winner of the matchup will face off against the winner of the championship match between UFC welterweight Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit, which is expected to take place at UFC 154 in Montreal on November 17th.

Condit, the interim champion after defeating Nick Diaz at UFC 143 in February, has elected to wait until St. Pierre returns as opposed to defending the interim belt.

“The welterweight division is stacked, and Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann are going to fight for the chance to earn a title shot,” White said of the matchup between Kampmann and Ellenberger. “They will headline the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter: Live on FX to crown the next ultimate fighter. There’s a lot at stake for the guys competing on this card at the Palms.”

Also taking place at the event will be the finals of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, which is currently under way. This season features 16 lightweight fighters vying to become the next winner of the reality show, which guarantees a six-figure contract along with multiple fights in the organization.

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