Following Jake Ellenberger’s win over Matt Brown at UFC 201, Dana White revealed the fighter, had in fact, been cut prior to the card, and now the welterweight’s outlined how he asked for one more “shot”.
Leading up to the July 30th event, Ellenberger had gone 1-5 in his previous 6 bouts, and most people understood he was in a must win situation. “The Juggernaut” went out, and after flooring Brown shortly into the bout, finished the rugged contender off with a liver kick.
Then, after UFC 201, White reported that the promotion had cut Ellenberger, but that the latter came out to Vegas and asked for one more bout. White, as we now know, agreed.
Recently Ellenberger appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio, and the powerful fighter had this to say about his meeting with White (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have a good relationship with (UFC President) Dana (White),” Ellenberger said. “When I met with him, I just wanted to talk to him, and of course, he was receptive to that.
“He respectfully told me what he and the team and Joe Silva were thinking, and it wasn’t sitting well with me with how things are going. (I asked), ‘Can you give me a shot?’ I, of course, didn’t care who it was; I just wanted to get another opportunity. And fortunately they gave me another opportunity, and here we are.”
Indeed. It will be interesting to see what comes next for Ellenberger. The 31 year-old has been a top ranked, welterweight contender in the past, and he did just take out one of the toughest 170’ers on the roster.