Welterweight Jake Ellenberger could possibly be the best unknown fighter in all of mixed martial arts. A week after the 25-year-old posted an impressive 3rdRound TKO victory over John Howard, the UFC took a major step in changing his invisible man status by inking the stud to a four-fight contract extension.
“I was talking to my manager, he had just talked to [Octagon matchmaker] Joe Silva and they discussed my new contract. Four more fights. I’m pretty happy about that,” Ellenberger told MMAWeekly.com. “The UFC is pretty much like the NBA or the NFL of fighting. It’s definitely good to be able to re-sign.”
Ellenberger owns an impressive 23-5 professional record and has finished 20 of his victims before the final horns sounded. After submerging himself into the toughest camp of his life at Mark Munoz’s Reign Training Center in preparation for “Doomsday,” he immediately hopped a plane headed for Nebraska to celebrate the biggest win of his career with friends and family.
“It’s good to see that working your ass off, and all the blood, sweat and tears, it’s going to pay off,” Ellenberger stated. “It’s motivating.”
Ellenberger has won two straight contests and six of his last seven overall. Although a plush vacation is much deserved, he’s already looking forward to his next conquest.
“I definitely want to get one in before the end of the year. Maybe November,” Ellenberger said of his future plans. “I have no idea who it will be, but there’s a few guys I saw that I’d still love to fight. There’s so many good guys out there that I’d like to fight, and that’s just my opinion, it’s best to leave it up to [UFC president Dana White].
“There’s (Jon) Fitch, there’s Jake Shields, there’s Matt Hughes, some of the good guys I’d like to match-up with.”