Fight Night 135 in Lincoln, Nebraska featured an emotional moment as nine year UFC veteran Jake ‘The Juggernaut’ Ellenberger (31-15 MMA, 10-11 UFC) decided to hang up his gloves in his home state after 46 fights.
Ellenberger who suffered a loss against Bryan Barberena was reduced to 2-9 in his last 11 fights. However, even Ellenberger couldn’t clearly explain what prompted him to retire.
“I don’t know,” Ellenberger told MMAjunkie after his FS1-televised loss at Pinnacle Bank Arena. “My kids … their future and time with them has really encouraged that decision. But this is the toughest sport in the world. It really is, and things don’t always go your way.
“I would say it came a little shorter than I would have liked, but that’s what it is right now. So I’m in the process of moving forward.”
Looking forward, Ellenberger does have a couple of future options in his mind. However he declined to reveal them.
“I’ve got a few ideas, but nothing’s set yet,” he said. “I’ve got a few options right now.”
Ellenberger shared the octagon against top welterweights like Robbie Lawler, Rory MacDonald, Stephen Thompson, Jorge Masvidal and Matt Brown.