Originally Posted by John8204
You know who else lost to Rick Story, Jake Ellenberger.
Martin Kampmann was right when he said Ellenberger has many holes in his game. He might be a "wrestler" but his wrestling is kind of terrible. He got swept by Rocha, Sanchez, and Condit he really isn't in the same league as the top wrestlers in the division (Hendricks, Koscheck, GSP, Pierce, Simpson, Fitch). And his conditioning is so bad he gassed against Kampmann in the first round, Hendricks is a tough out.
So they both lost to Story, not something I did not realize, really just pointing out that stylistically Ellenberger is a bad match up for Hendricks and a style of fighter he has shown the most difficulty with in the past.
Also saying guys like Condit swept him is a little misleading because what they did was threaten him with submissions and use that to force him to give up position, they took advantage of his BJJ inexperience.
We have seen Ellenberger tested more but that doesn't necessarily mean he is any worse especially if he can get his conditioning up to par.Hendricks is getting a lot of hype right now but its based on a couple flash knock outs one against a guy who kinda has a tendency to get knocked out. I remember thinking Kos won and thinking Kos looked like shit in that fight. Which of the fights when Hendricks actually spent some considerable amount of time in the cage left you so impressed?