Joe Ellenberger, will be joining his twin brother Jake in the UFC, as he has just signed a four-fight contract with the promotion. Ellenberger competes in the Lightweight division and currently holds a 14-1 record in his professional MMA career.
Ellenberger hasn’t beaten any big names while fighting in smaller organizations, most recently in Victory Fighting Championship and Titan Fighting Championship; however, Ellenberger, has been a finisher, finishing 12 of his 14 wins, eight by KO/TKO and four by submission. His sole career loss came via unanimous decision against UFC Lightweight Justin Salas.
Outside of MMA, Ellenberger was a two-time Division II All-American wrestler at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Joe also suffers from a rare blood disease called Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), which he was diagnosed with four years ago at the age of 24, which we have heard Jake talk about on numerous occasions.
The Ellenberger brothers will be some of the few brothers to compete in the UFC, joining Nick and Nate Diaz, Jim and Dan Miller, Anthony and Sergio Pettis, etc.. It will be very interesting to see if Joe, like Jake, can compete with the very best in the sport.