Jake Ellenberger Announces Retirement

The native son of Nebraska, Jake Ellenberger had one more fight in his home state, but it would not go the way he wanted.

The welterweight would announce his retirement from the sport following his first round TKO loss to Brian Barberena at UFC Lincoln. The Omaha native would lay his gloves down in the center of the Octagon and announce it was time for him to walk away.

“There’s no better place for me to set the gloves down and say it’s time to move on than the place where it all started,” Ellenberger told interviewer Paul Felder.

With victories over Jake Shields, Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, Nate Marquardt, and Matt Brown, Ellenberger was consider a top welterweight with a 12-2 record from 2008-2013.

“I’ve fought here my whole life,” Ellenberger said. “It’s been since 2005. I’ve gotta tell you, it means the world to me. Thank you guys, I love you.”

Ellenberger walked into UFC Lincoln on a three fight losing streak, with all of them by way of knockout or TKO, he’s only won two of his last eleven fights, seven of his nine losses coming by way of stoppage.

Ellenberger was a two-time Division II wrestling All-American at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and veteran of the United States Marine Corps.


Background Info: MMA Fighting

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