Jake Ellenberger, born Jacob Steven Ellenberger on the 28th of March, 1985 is a professional mixed martial artist from the United States of America and he has also served the country in his time with the United States Marine Corps. Ellenberger is currently contracted with the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is listed in the Welterweight division. He also served his capacity as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha, which won the Division II National Wrestling Championships on two successive occasions. Ellenberger and fellow UFC professionals Jason Brilz as well as Ryan Jensen train together at the Elite Performance gym in Omaha and apart from that, he also wrestles at the UNO. According to the latest ratings that were released on the 21st of September, 2011, MMA Weekly ranks Ellenberger as the 5th best Welterweight in the world at the moment whereas Sherdog ranks him at number 4.
Jake Ellenberger started his career as a mixed martial artist in the International Fight League or the IFL in match against Jay Hieron but he lost this debut math to Hieron in a judges’ call. In his very next fight, Ellenberger was paired opposite Ben Uker in the IFL Championship Final and he even filled in for a seriously injured Rory Markham at the Team Championship Final in 2007 for the City Silverbacks. He fought his last match in the IFL in Las Vegas against Pat Healy where he completely annihilated his opponent. Ellenberger also fought in promotions such as Bo-Dog Fight, M1 Challenge as well as the Bellator before being snapped up by the UFC when he was a free agent on a lucrative contract. Nicknamed as The Juggernaut, Jake Ellenberger stands 5’ 10’’ but this small stature must not be disregarded as he packs quite the punch and only the opponents who have faced him in the ring know the devastating power of the upper cuts that he delivers, which has won him many a match.
In his career as a mixed martial artist, Ellenberger has so far been in 31 fights, winning 26, of which 17 were by knockout and 5 by submission whereas the other 4 victories were called by the judges. Of his 5 losses, only one has been by submission and the other 4 were by the decision of the judges. Jake Ellenberger is just 26 years old and with the new UFC crown up for grabs, it is highly likely that he will pose a serious challenge for it.