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I'm too much of a risk for Condit - Ellenberger

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Jake Ellenberger is convinced Carlos Condit does not want to risk his UFC welterweight title shot by fighting him during Georges St-Pierre's absence.

Ellenberger is hot property right now in the 170lb division, winning his last six fights. The last time he lost was to Condit himself, a split decision after a bout he took on 11 days' notice.

The Juggernaut wants a rematch, but he can equally understand why Condit wants to wait until St-Pierre is fit at the back end of this year. Condit earned his title shot by beating Nick Diaz, and Ellenberger believes he is too much of a risk for the Natural Born Killer to accept.

"I think the fans do want it, but at the same time, I don't know if that's what the UFC wants or not," Ellenberger told the Sherdog Radio Network's Beatdown show. "I really don't. If it was up to me, then yeah, we'd probably be fighting in May or June, but I don't know if that's what the UFC wants.

"I think they kind of still put it in Condit's hands, but I know Carlos. I know his manager, and I know they don't want that fight. But again, if I put myself in their shoes, I don't blame them.

"It's not even necessarily a personal thing. Carlos right now has the belt, and that's where I want to be. He's a fantastic fighter and he's in the position he's in for a reason. I was hoping I could get another rematch with Condit, but whether he fights again is going to be up to him."

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