by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Winning seems to be the best way to guarantee to stay on a promotion’s good side, and the hard work paid off for Jake Ellenberger, as the Nebraska native has signed a new 4-fight deal with the UFC following his win over John Howard earlier in August.
Ellenberger is currently 2-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming by way of split decision to former WEC champion Carlos Condit, while picking up two stoppage wins over Howard and Mike Pyle.
“I was talking to my manager, he had just talked to Joe Silva, and they discussed the deal, my new contract, four more fights. I’m pretty happy about that,” Ellenberger told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
“It’s good to see that working your ass off, and all the blood, sweat and tears, it’s going to pay off. It’s motivating.”
Having fought in several other promotions before making it to the UFC, Ellenberger admits that making his way to the Octagon really was the dream come true, and this new contract solidifies his immediate future.
“The UFC is pretty much like the NBA or the NFL of fighting,” said Ellenberger. “It’s definitely good to be able to re-sign.”
Before his fight with Howard, Ellenberger was training exclusively at Mark Munoz’s gym in California, Reign Training Center, but following his fight he headed home to Nebraska to spend time with family and friends.
Ellenberger will stop at the next couple of fight cards as well, and will be making an appearance at the UFC Fan Expo in Boston during the weekend of UFC 118. After that, he plans on heading back to Southern California to begin training again.
“I definitely want to get one in before the end of the year. Maybe November,” Ellenberger commented about his next fight. “I have no idea who it will be, but there’s a few guys I saw that I’d still love to fight. There’s so many good guys out there that I’d like to fight, and that’s just my opinion, it’s best to leave it up to Dana. There’s (Jon) Fitch, there’s Jake Shields, there’s Matt Hughes, some of the good guys I’d like to match-up with.”
Ellenberger will likely take another step forward in his progression in the UFC when matchmaker Joe Silva makes the call for his next fight. With a stacked welterweight division, Ellenberger has proven he can hang with the best, and now his goal is to fight even more of them.