When Jake Ellenberger stepped into the Octagon to fight Matt Brown on the main card of UFC 201 last month, ‘The Juggernaut’ knew he was in a must-win situation. Ellenberger entered the bout on a 2-fight losing streak, going 1-4 in his last 5 fights.
Ellenberger put on a spectacular performance as he dropped Brown just seconds into the fight, ultimately finishing ‘The Immortal’ later in the round with a perfectly placed liver kick.
On a recent episode of the Three Amigos podcast, Ellenberer reflected on a period of uncertainty he had when he wasn’t sure whether or not the UFC would cut him.
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“There was a long period of time where I was in limbo, not sure what’s gonna happen next. A couple months go by. That’s the direction they were going [to cut me]. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a relationship with Dana, and have been able to talk to him on the phone here and there. So I went to Vegas. I wanted to – I needed a face to face – and just to have a talk with him. He said of course so I came in and said ‘listen I know this isn’t how it ends. Give me one more opportunity and I’ll prove to you that I deserve to be where I’m at,’ and he said okay.”
“He knew I was serious. He knew I wasn’t just saying the words to get another fight.”