Joe Ellenberger, twin brother of Jake, signs with the UFC
Joe Ellenberger is healthy and is finally getting a shot at the UFC.
The twin brother of UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger was diagnosed four years with a rare blood disease, side-tracking his promising MMA career and putting his life at risk. But Jake posted an Instagram photo Monday showing Joe signing a four-fight UFC contract. The UFC confirmed the news to FOX Sports.
“My bro Joe just signed 4 fights with the UFC! 2014 is gonna be Huge #Road2Gold #EllenbergerNation,” Jake wrote.
It’s an incredible comeback story. Joe Ellenberger had an 11-0 record and was about to get signed by the UFC when he was diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria at age 24. He told MMA Junkie last year that statistics estimated that he would be dead before the age of 30.
After getting necessary treatment, Joe Ellenberger, now 28, returned to the cage and has won two in a row. His last victory came over Joe Wilk on Dec. 15 for Victory Fighting Championship.
Joe Ellenberger fights in the lightweight division. He was a
big-time prospect, some felt just as good if not better than his
brother, before he got sick.