|Born||Jacob Steven Ellenberger
March 28, 1985
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
|Other names||The Juggernaut|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (177 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||73.00 in (185.4 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Lake Forest, California by way of Omaha, Nebraska|
|Team||Reign Training Center
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division II Wrestling|
|Years active||2005 – present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Nebraska at Omaha|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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, the IFC, Bodog Fight, and King of the Cage. As of January 17, 2014, he is #5 in official UFC welterweight rankings  the #8 Welterweight and ranked the #8 welterweight in the world by Sherdog.
Ellenberger was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Ellenberger's father was an iron worker, and he has a twin brother named Joe, also an MMA fighter, who had a record of 10-0 before being diagnosed with an extremely rare blood disease called Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria when he was 24 years old. Some estimates are 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. Jake and Joe were both 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 Ellenberger was in his senior year, he had won a Nebraska state title. Joe then 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, as well as being a three-time academic All-American. Jake began training for MMA when he saw his friend fight in the Victory Fighting Championships welterweight title. Jake attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha for three years, and was on the school's Division II wrestling team. Ellenberger later became the school's assistant wrestling coach when they won back to back National titles and he also studied psychology. Jake Ellenberger is also a former Marine.
Mixed martial arts career
International Fight League
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.
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.
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.
Ellenberger won his fight against Marcelo Alfaya at Bellator 11 by KO, 42 seconds into the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
Ellenberger defeated John Howard via third round TKO at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko. 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, but Fitch was pulled from the bout in favor with a matchup with BJ Penn at UFC 127. Ellenberger instead faced the then-undefeated Carlos Eduardo Rocha at UFC 126 and won the fight via split decision.
The Ellenberger/Sanchez bout took place on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1 Ellenberger defeated Sanchez via unanimous decision, in a bout that earned both fighters Fight of the Night honors.
Ellenberger was expected to face Josh Koscheck on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151. However, Koscheck pulled out of the bout citing a back injury and was replaced by returning UFC veteran Jay Hieron. 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. 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. 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. Ellenberger instead faced returning veteran Nate Marquardt. Ellenberger defeated Marquardt via spectacular first round knockout. The win also garnered him his second Knockout of the Night bonus.
Ellenberger faced Rory MacDonald on July 27, 2013, at UFC on Fox 8. 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".
Ellenberger was expected to face Tarec Saffiedine on January 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 34. However in late November, Ellenberger pulled out of the bout citing a hamstring injury and was replaced by Hyun Gyu Lim.
The bout with Saffiedine was rebooked for UFC 172. However, on March 28, 2014, Saffiedine pulled out of the fight with an undisclosed injury. Ellenberger is now scheduled to face Robbie Lawler at UFC 173.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|36 matches||29 wins||7 losses|
|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|
|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|
- UFC Fighter Rankings
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