“In my mind, when I’m at my best I can beat anyone in the world at 170 and I have to prove that,” Ellenberger said.
Prior to the fight against Kampmann, he had won six in a row which included a knockout victory over former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields. He will now take on another former Strikeforce champion in Marquardt and he knows he needs to win this fight to prove his is a contender in the UFC welterweight division.
“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.”
Ellenberger is the number six welterweight according to the UFC media rankings and will need to beat several top contenders to prove he is the best welterweight in the world.
“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.”