Jake Ellenberger is one of the most prominent Mixed Martial Artists from the United States of America and is a fighter who plies his trade with the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC as a Welterweight, the most popular Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the world. Born on the 28th of March, 1985, Ellenberger is also a former US Marine and he served with the Marine Corps before taking up Mixed Martial Arts as a profession. Nicknamed The Juggernaut, the 27 year old began his career in the contact sport very early as a wrestler and fought in the Division II of the NCAA.
With a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu and a background in wrestling, Ellenberger is one of the most dangerous prized fighters in the sport and his brutal takedowns have won him a massive 17 matches out of 28 wins in his career. Jake Ellenberger boasts of a record of 28 wins and 6 losses from 34 matches fought. Although his fighting style is extremely orthodox, The Juggernaut is an extremely unpredictable character inside the eight sided ring and he has been the bane for several athletes in his division throughout his career.
Ellenberger has fought for various Mixed Martial Arts promotions throughout his career including the International Fight League, BodogFight, M1 Challenge as well as Bellator before making the move to the UFC after a lot of hype surrounding him. Currently ranked as the seventh best Welterweight in the world by Sherdog, Jake Ellenberger is yet to win his first official title in the sport in spite of being in the sport for almost eight years now, but one problem with the American is that he tends to falter at the last hurdle that has made his chance of getting a shot at the title a little more difficult.
Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC’s Welterweight division fighter Jake Ellenberger has admitted that it was he who wanted the fight against Johnny Hendricks to happen, because he wanted to get himself back in to contention for the UFC Welterweight Championship currently held by Canadian superstar Georges St. Pierre. The UFC duly granted the high flying fighter his wish and he will take on Hendricks at UFC 158 on the 16th of March.
Ellenberger gave an interview with a radio network, where he stated that he doesn’t want to disagree with anyone that Hendricks is the outright contender to the title and that is because he has been able to put together win after win, which was matters in such a competitive division. Ellenberger also hailed the fact it was brilliant on the part of Hendricks to accept the fight with him, which shows how desperate he actually is to better himself and land the title bout.
Jake Ellenberger stated that perhaps one of the main reasons behind Hendricks accepting the fight with him was that he didn’t want to sit vacant for a long period of time, and he wanted to test himself against someone, so when the option came along of fighting Ellenberger, he accepted. Ellenberger also mentioned he asked for the match but it was up to Joe Silva and Dana White, the head honchos of the UFC to decide upon it and he is just stoked he got the chance.
He also stated that he doesn’t want a repeat of the loss to Martin Kampmann that was the main reason for him dropping down the championship ladder in the division. Jake Ellenberger is hoping to put together a series of wins to get back into contention for the title starting with a win against Johnny Hendricks.
It has been quite a while since Jake Ellenberger has had a fight on his plate. His particular interest is on the powerful Johny Hendricks who has almost kicked out Martin Kampmann in the last UFC. He has almost taken a vow that if he does not win he would retire from fighting for good and kiss UFC goodbye. Ellenberger has had a successful career in the Octagon with a six-win-in-a-row feather on his hat. This has made him share the same space as that of the elite fighters at the UFC.
However, from what he has tweeted seems to be kind of a stunt to excite his fans and the viewers in general so the ticket rates go high. It would be quite unnatural if he were to retre just because he lost a match. And if that happens, all eyes would turn to Joe Silva and this is certainly what Jake Ellenberger would not want to happen. To be true, Jake is a far better player than Hendricks though he had lost to Martin Kampmann in June this year, who had been, in turn, knocked out by Johny so this seems to be quite of a shame and retardation in the impetus of victory for Jake.
However, needless to say that Jake Ellenberger is ready again to make it and he is likely to stand tall over Hendricks the upcoming Saturday in Montreal as he has started off on his winning streak since October 2012 after he won against Jay Hieron. The match with Johny is not going to be a title bout which UFC had initially mentioned Jake would be fighting for. No such updates have been given as yet that says that Hendricks will be placed against Jake Ellenberger.