Joe Ellenberger Signs Four-Fight Deal, Joins Brother Jake as Latest UFC Brother Tandem

January 7, 2014
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Joe Ellenberger Twitter 4-fight dealJoe Ellenberger recently signed a four-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, making him and twin brother Jake the latest brother tandem to ink deals with the promotion. The most recent sibling signing in the Octagon prior to the Ellenbergers was Anthony and Sergio Pettis.

Ellenberger tweeted the announcement of his signing on Monday, including a picture of him using a huge pencil to sign the deal.

Ellenberger (14-1) was originally asked to fight Mark Bocek at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, but had to decline due to dealing with what would eventually be diagnosed as a rare bone marrow disease called PNH (Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria).

After being told he would never be able to participate in contact sports ever again, Ellenberger continued seeking treatment. He eventually was helped by a bone marrow specialist in St. Louis, Dr. Monica Bessler, who prescribed a “miracle drug” named Soliris that helped Ellenberger make a miraculous recovery from PNH.

Following a two-year hiatus, Ellenberger returned to fighting in Spring of 2011, and has since gone 4-1, losing only to UFC veteran Justin Salas. Having defeated Joe Wilk in December, Ellenberger finally got the return call from the UFC, and signed the four-fight contract.

The UFC has yet to announce an opponent or event for Ellenberger’s promotional debut.

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  • Chicago

    This does not pertain to the Ellenberger brothers due to they are twins but around 70% of 2nd born sons grow up to be taller and bigger than their older brother. But look at the Diaz brothers, Pettis’s, the Miller’s, Lauzon brothers, and the Nog’s. All older brothers are bigger… Sorry 4 the long comment. Just been thinking about this for a while.

    • random

      That is the most random and useless fact. Thanks bud

      • Chicago

        Another useless fact… it is false that sharks cannot swim backwards. The epaulette shark, found in tropical Australian waters from northern NSW to Shark Bay, WA, can. You are welcome.

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  • Milosc

    This guy overcame a lot and I’m glad to see him making it. He’ll have a strong will and perspective, whatever he does