The Ultimate Fighter Live (TUF 15) Finale Friday, June 1, 2012 at 9 p.m. (ET) on FX The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada Jake Ellenberger (-185) Profile: Ellenberger (27-5) has made his way up the list of top welterweight contenders thanks to an impressive six-fight winning streak that includes four via TKO/KO over Jake Shields, Sean Pierson, John Howard and Mike Pyle. The 27-year-old from Omaha is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Diego Sanchez at the first UFC on FUEL TV event back on February 15 that won Fight of the Night honors. Ellenberger is 6-1 in the UFC, with the lone loss coming against interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit in his debut. His win over Shields took just 53 seconds and earned Knockout of the Night honors. Ellenberger also owns a split decision win over previously unbeaten Carlos Eduardo Rocha at UFC 126. Martin Kampmann (+155) Profile: Kampmann (19-5) has gotten back on track with consecutive wins after losing two in a row for the first time in his MMA career. The 30-year-old Danish fighter earned Submission of the Night honors after beating Thiago Alves via guillotine choke on March 3 in Sydney, Australia. His previous win came against Rick Story by unanimous decision at UFC 139 last November 19. Those two wins followed a pair of decision losses to Diego Sanchez and Shields, with the former named Fight of the Night as the main event of the UFC Live card. Kampmann is 10-4 in the UFC overall and previously competed at middleweight before moving to welterweight following a first-round TKO loss to Nate Marquardt at UFC 88. MMA Odds Analysis: MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has made Ellenberger a slight -185 favorite (bet $185 to win $100) while Kampmann is a +155 underdog (bet $100 to win $155) according to the MMA odds. Kampmann’s most noteworthy victory may have come against Condit via split decision on April 1, 2009. Since then, he has suffered losses to Paul Daley, Sanchez and Shields, with all three taking place over a span of five fights. Meanwhile, Ellenberger lost to Condit a little more than five months later, the first of five straight wins for the interim champ. Another victory here added to Ellenberger’s recent hot streak could put him in line for a title shot against the winner of current champ Georges St. Pierre and interim title holder Condit, who are expected to face each other before the end of 2012. However, there has also been talk that the winner of this fight between Ellenberger and Kampmann could face Johny Hendricks, who is ranked No. 3 in the MMA OddsBreaker MMA Fighter Rankings at welterweight. Ellenberger is currently No. 6 in the MMAOB MMA Fighter Rankings while Kampmann sits at No. 8.
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