Jake Ellenberger

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Jake Ellenberger
Born Jacob Steven Ellenberger
(1985-03-28) March 28, 1985 (age 29)
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Other names The Juggernaut
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Lake Forest, California by way of Omaha, Nebraska
Team Reign Training Center
Kings MMA
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Wrestling NCAA Division II Wrestling
Years active 2005 – present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 37
Wins 29
By knockout 18
By submission 5
By decision 6
Losses 8
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 5
University University of Nebraska at Omaha
Website http://EllenbergerMMA.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 20, 2013

Jacob Steven "Jake" Ellenberger (born March 28, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist and former United States Marine. Ellenberger is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, fighting in the Welterweight division, and has also competed for the Quad Cities Silverbacks of the IFL, Bodog Fight, and King of the Cage.[2] As of May 26, 2014, he is #7 in official UFC welterweight rankings [3] the #8 Welterweight and ranked the #8 welterweight in the world by Sherdog.[4]

Background[edit]

Jake Ellenberger was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Jake's father was an iron worker, and he [Jake Ellenberger] has a twin brother named Joe who is also an MMA fighter. After starting his career with a 10-0 record, Joe was diagnosed with an extremely rare blood disease called Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria when he was 24 years old. Some estimates suggest that roughly half of the people diagnosed with PNH die within 10 years of their diagnosis. Joe still corners his brother's fights and is a huge inspiration for Jake. Both Jake and Joe were very athletic growing up; Jake was on the swimming and diving team in high school while Joe wrestled and played football. By the time Joe was in his senior year, he had won a Nebraska state title. He went on to wrestle at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and became a two-time Division II All-American, finishing third in the country twice and was a three-time academic All-American. Jake began training for MMA when he saw his friend fight for the welterweight title in the Victory Fighting Championships. He studied psychology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha for three years and was on the school's Division II wrestling team. Following the end of his own wrestling career and acting as assistant coach, Jake helped his alma mater to win back to back National titles. Jake Ellenberger is also a former Marine.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

International Fight League[edit]

Ellenberger suffered the first loss of his career by unanimous decision to Jay Hieron in his IFL debut. In Ellenberger's second IFL appearance, he defeated Ben Uker by TKO in the second round at IFL: Championship Final. Ellenberger filled in on short notice for an injured Rory Markham and represented Pat Miletich's Quad City Silverbacks at the 2007 Team Championship Final. He suffered his only submission loss to Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Delson Heleno. In his last fight for the promotion, Ellenberger dominated his opponent, Pat Healy over three rounds to win a unanimous decision at IFL: Las Vegas.

BodogFight[edit]

At the event entitled Clash of the Nations, held in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ellenberger lost a unanimous decision to UFC veteran Derrick Noble. He then traveled to Costa Rica and defeated another UFC veteran, Zach Light, via TKO at Costa Rica Combat. In his last appearance with BodogFight, Ellenberger knocked out Jose Landi-Jons.

M-1 Challenge[edit]

Ellenberger represented the United States at M-1 Challenges in Japan and South Korea. In his first bout held in Japan, Ellenberger defeated Frenchman Farouk Lakebir by unanimous decision. In his next fight, held in Korea, Ellenberger defeated Doo Won Seo via TKO.

Bellator[edit]

Ellenberger won his fight against Marcelo Alfaya at Bellator 11 by KO, 42 seconds into the first round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Ellenberger stepped in on short notice for an injured Chris Lytle and lost a split decision in his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 19 against Carlos Condit.[5]

Ellenberger rebounded by defeating Mike Pyle via second round TKO on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108.[6]

Ellenberger was set to face Ben Saunders at UFC 111 in Newark, New Jersey as a replacement for the injured Martin Kampmann; however, once Jon Fitch's original opponent, Thiago Alves, was forced out due to a brain irregularity, Saunders requested and was granted a fight against Fitch instead. Due to the last minute switch, Ellenberger was still paid win and show money.[7]

Ellenberger defeated John Howard via third round TKO at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko.[8] Ellenberger caused Howard's left eye to close after repeatedly landing short elbows and punches from the closed guard.

Ellenberger was expected to face Jon Fitch on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126,[9] but Fitch was pulled from the bout in favor with a matchup with BJ Penn at UFC 127.[10] Ellenberger instead faced the then-undefeated Carlos Eduardo Rocha at UFC 126[11] and won the fight via split decision.

Ellenberger faced Sean Pierson on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129, replacing an injured Brian Foster, and won the fight via first round KO on 17 days notice.[12]

Ellenberger faced Jake Shields on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25.[13] He won the fight via TKO only 53 seconds into the first round. The finish earned him the Knockout of the Night honors.

A bout between Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez was briefly linked to UFC 141.[14] However, a lingering hand injury ended up keeping Sanchez out of action until February 2012.[15]

The Ellenberger/Sanchez bout took place on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1[16] Ellenberger defeated Sanchez via unanimous decision, in a bout that earned both fighters Fight of the Night honors.

Ellenberger lost to Martin Kampmann via second round KO (knees) on June 1, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale.[17]

Ellenberger was expected to face Josh Koscheck on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[18] However, Koscheck pulled out of the bout citing a back injury[19] and was replaced by returning UFC veteran Jay Hieron.[20] Hieron gave Ellenberger his first loss six years earlier. After the UFC 151 event was cancelled, Ellenberger/Hieron took place on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[21] Ellenberger won the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Ellenberger was expected to face Johny Hendricks on March 16, 2013 UFC 158.[22] However, Hendricks was pulled from the Ellenberger bout in favor of a matchup with Carlos Condit at the event after Condit's original opponent Rory MacDonald, pulled out of the bout with an injury.[23] Ellenberger instead faced returning veteran Nate Marquardt.[24] Ellenberger defeated Marquardt via spectacular first round knockout. The win also garnered him his second Knockout of the Night bonus.[25]

Ellenberger faced Rory MacDonald on July 27, 2013, at UFC on Fox 8.[26] MacDonald was able to use his size and reach advantage to repeatedly land his jab, neutralizing the shorter Ellenberger, resulting in a unanimous decision victory. UFC president Dana White criticized the performance as "lackluster".[27][28]

Ellenberger was expected to face Tarec Saffiedine on January 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 34.[29] However in late November, Ellenberger pulled out of the bout citing a hamstring injury and was replaced by Hyun Gyu Lim.[30]

On April 9, 2014, Ellenberger revealed that he had signed an eight-fight contract with UFC with disclosed title clauses should he be a champion in the future.[31]

The bout with Saffiedine was rebooked for UFC 172.[32] However, on March 28, 2014, Saffiedine pulled out of the fight with an undisclosed injury. Ellenberger instead faced Robbie Lawler at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014. [33] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round due to a combination of a knee and punches.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 29–8 Robbie Lawler TKO (knee and punches) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 3 3:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 29–7 Rory MacDonald Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 29–6 Nate Marquardt KO (punches) UFC 158 March 16, 2013 1 3:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Knockout of the Night
Win 28–6 Jay Hieron Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot October 5, 2012 3 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss 27–6 Martin Kampmann TKO (knees) The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale June 1, 2012 2 1:40 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 27–5 Diego Sanchez Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger February 15, 2012 3 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Fight of the Night
Win 26–5 Jake Shields KO (knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger September 17, 2011 1 0:53 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Knockout of the Night
Win 25–5 Sean Pierson KO (punches) UFC 129 April 30, 2011 1 2:42 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 24–5 Carlos Eduardo Rocha Decision (split) UFC 126 February 5, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 23–5 John Howard TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko August 1, 2010 3 2:21 San Diego, California, United States
Win 22–5 Mike Pyle TKO (punches) UFC 108 January 2, 2010 2 0:22 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 21–5 Carlos Condit Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard September 16, 2009 3 5:00 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States UFC Debut
Win 21–4 Marcelo Alfaya KO (punch) Bellator 11 June 12, 2009 1 0:42 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 175 lb catchweight bout
Win 20–4 Brendan Seguin Decision (unanimous) VFC 27: Mayhem May 1, 2009 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 19–4 Doo Won Seo TKO (doctor stoppage) M-1 Challenge 6: Korea August 29, 2008 2 3:04 Seoul, South Korea
Win 18–4 Farouk Lakebir Decision (majority) M-1 Challenge 5: Japan July 17, 2008 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 17–4 Rick Story Decision (unanimous) SF 23: Heated Rivals June 20, 2008 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 17–3 Pat Healy Decision (unanimous) IFL: Las Vegas February 29, 2008 3 4:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–3 José Landi-Jons KO (punch) EFC 5: Revolution November 3, 2007 1 0:09 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 15–3 Delson Heleno Submission (armbar) IFL: 2007 Team Championship Final September 20, 2007 2 3:45 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 15–2 Zach Light TKO (punches) Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat February 16, 2007 1 3:51 San José, Costa Rica
Win 14–2 Ben Uker TKO (punches) IFL : Championship Final December 29, 2006 2 1:44 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Middleweight bout.
Loss 13–2 Derrick Noble Decision (unanimous) Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations December 16, 2006 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 13–1 Ryan Stout TKO (punches) IFC: Rumble on the River 2 November 10, 2006 2 4:06 Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Loss 12–1 Jay Hieron Decision (unanimous) IFL: Championship 2006 June 3, 2006 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12–0 Gil Castillo TKO (punches) IFC: Caged Combat April 1, 2006 1 1:30 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 11–0 Kenneth Allen Submission (armbar) IFC: Rumble on the River March 11, 2006 1 N/A Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Win 10–0 Mark Bear TKO (cut) VFC 12: Warpath February 25, 2006 2 N/A Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 9–0 Laverne Clark Submission (triangle choke) KOTC 64: Raging Bull December 16, 2005 2 3:06 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 8–0 Sean Huffman Submission (punches) VFC 11: Demolition December 3, 2005 3 0:22 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 7–0 Brian Daley TKO (punches) AFC 4: New Hitter November 18, 2005 1 1:31 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 6–0 Evan Boemer KO (punches) Extreme Challenge 65 October 21, 2005 1 0:48 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 5–0 Brent Shepard KO (punch) All Fighting Championships 3 September 24, 2005 1 N/A Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 4–0 Deryck Ripley Submission (punches) VFC 10: Championship X August 6, 2005 1 1:41 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 3–0 Brad Fox TKO (punches) ROF 17: Unstoppable June 18, 2005 2 2:15 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
Win 2–0 Cory Simpson Submission (choke) XKK: Des Moines May 20, 2005 3 N/A Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 1–0 Cameron Wells TKO (punches) AFC 1: Takedown April 9, 2005 1 N/A Omaha, Nebraska, United States

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