Jake ‘The Juggernaut’ Ellenberger was once one of the top contenders in the UFC welterweight division. The 9-year old UFC veteran has faced the likes of Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit, Martin Kampmann, Stephen Thompson, Matt Brown, Jorge Masvidal and many grizzled veterans.
However the Juggernaut, 33, is 2-7 in his 9 fights which clearly indicates the fact that he is fading. Despite the slide in the win column, Ellenberger wishes to continue and not consider retirement.
“In my 12 years of fighting, that was the best preparation leading up to a fight camp that I’ve ever had,” Ellenberger told MMAjunkie Radio. “You can’t point any fingers to what happened. Everything was right, everything was on the money. It was particularly frustrating for this fight, because moving forward, I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I know I’m not done fighting, and I think we have the right recipe.
“If I wake up and I didn’t want to fight or didn’t have that chip on my shoulder or that burning desire – it’s time to move on. That’s an easy question to answer. But there’s some people out there who want to make another paycheck.”
Ellenberger now plans to meet UFC President Dana White to place his demand for a spot on UFC Fight Night 135 which takes place in his home state of Nebraska.
“I’m going to sit down and talk to Dana, and we’ll see,” Ellenberger said. “I have no idea what’s next. We’re talking August (at UFC Fight Night 135), September maybe. But I can’t give you any certainty.”
Fight Night 135 is headlined by former WSOF (now PFL) lightweight champion Justin Gaethje taking on Al Iaquinta.