Hell no, he won’t go!
Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans keep asking when longtime welterweight slugger Jake Ellenberger is going to retire, after “Juggernaut” got finished by Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 108 last month in Nashville, Tennessee.
That’e because the “cerebral” Ellenberger, 32, is still the top dog at his gym and believes Perry’s second-round elbow (watch the replay here) was more about opportunity than skill.
From his conversation with MMA Junkie Radio:
“I think I have a good idea when I’m going to be done, and I think that’s a big part of the exit strategy. If I’m struggling or not doing well in the gym, that’s an easy sign to the door. But when I’m beating everybody in the gym – everything’s going right right now. Everything’s clicking. What happened with Perry happened. But I haven’t missed a step. I’m not slowing down. I’m pretty cerebral. I had a great strategy. It’s one of those things – things were going very well for me, so it’s easy to say I’m not done.”
The overly optimistic Ellenberger (31-13) — once ranked in the top five at 170 pounds — has amassed one of the worst UFC records in recent years, going just 2-7 and getting finished five times.
“The Juggernaut” recently fell out of the top 15 and remains unranked.