Joe Ellenberger fights proud every time, but he also fights with a rare blood disease.
“They did some pretty rigorous testing just to make sure that, if I were signed, I could pass medicals anywhere they’d need me,” says Ellenberger. “I’d been through it with the Nebraska commission and places like that, but they don’t just fight in one state. They wanted to know that I could fight in Brazil, Canada, Nevada, New Jersey, California – wherever. I just made sure that I had all my I’s dotted and my T’s crossed to make sure that when the time came, they’d know I could get cleared.”
Joe Ellenberger, who is the brother of fellow UFC Fighter Jake Ellenberger will be making his UFC debut in this fight. Ellenberger has been fighting in VFC (Victory Fighting Championship) as of late. He went on a 12 fight winning streak until he met Justin Salas back in October of 2011 where he lost via Unanimous decision.
“If I can fight in the UFC, it shows that we can overcome a lot of this adversity we’ve been dealt,” Ellenberger says. “We just have to do it the right way, and not give up.”
After that loss, he began his two fight winning streak with wins over Jesse Zeugin via rear naked choke in March of 2012 and then a TKO victory over Joe Wilk in December of 2012. Joe has eight wins by knockout, four wins by submission and two wins by decision.
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