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Jake Ellenberger’s Twin Brother Just Signed With the UFC, So Let’s Check Out a Few Videos of Him in Action


(HAHAHAHA! That’s not a normal sized pencil at all!! Via Joe’s Twitter.) 

Joe Ellenberger is a lot more than just the twin brother of longtime UFC welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger, he’s also a legitimate fighter who has been a veteran of the game since 2005. Currently 14-1 in his professional career, “Excalibur” has scored 11 first round stoppages over mixed competition, including two TKO wins over Strikeforce Challengers vet Joe Wilk.

His most recent stoppage of Wilk, which took place back in 2012, was apparently enough to earn him a call up to the UFC, as Ellenberger broke the news of his four-fight signing via Twitter yesterday.

A couple more interesting facts about “Excalibur”: In 2009, he was diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, a rare disease that destroys red blood cells. He was not only told that he would never fight again, but was given less than five years to live. Thankfully, Ellenberger was later prescribed Soliris, and for the low, low cost of $400,000 a year (Ed note: OBAMACARE!!!! *shakes fists at sky*), has made a complete recovery.

So in honor of Joe’s signing (and incredible struggle), join us after the jump to check out a few videos of Ellenberger™ Lite in action.

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Report: Tatsuya Kawajiri Signs With the UFC, Hoping to Make Debut at January Singapore Event


(Tatsuya Kawajiri highlight via Kid Milly. The video says “Fight, Billy, fight!” but the music says “Dance, Billy, dance!”)

Some moderately interesting news out of Japan today (no, not the countries newfound enthusiasm for abstinence), as it is being reported that former Strikeforce title challenger Tatsuya Kawajiri has signed with the UFC.

Currently riding a five fight win streak (with four finishes) and sporting an overall record of 32-7-2, Kawajiri has long been considered one of the greatest Asian lighterweight fighters currently competing today. With victories over Joachim Hansen, Yves Edwards, Josh Thomson, Gesias Cavalcante and Krazy Horse to his credit, it seemed as if a call up to the UFC was inevitable for the former Shooto champion.

Although Kawajiri’s signing has yet to be confirmed by the UFC, sources close to “Crusher” told MMAJunkie that Kawajiri is hoping to make his promotional debut on the UFC’s inaugural Singapore-based card, “Fight Night 34,” in January. Given that Kawajiri’s only stateside appearance resulted in an annihilation via elbows to Gilbert Melendez in their Strikeforce lightweight title fight at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley, we can’t really argue with his logic.

We will have more on Kawajiri’s signing as details are made available.

-J. Jones

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Sergio Pettis Signs With the UFC, Bantamweight Debut Tentatively Set for UFC 167


(Pettis vs. Porter via Combat Corner Professional.)

Over the weekend, a bantamweight phenom known simply as (*strums Flamenco guitar*) Sergio improved his MMA record to a perfect 9-0 with a first round submission via kimura over James Porter. Being that this “Sergio” character is the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, he has been gaining quite a bit of notoriety on the local circuit, leading many MMA fans and pundits alike to ponder how he would fare in the UFC.

This notion was not lost on Sergio, who proceeded to drop to his knees and beg for a shot in the big leagues during his post-fight interview LIKE A *REAL* CHAMPION DOES. Of course, being that Pettis had already turned down a shot in the UFC some four fights ago to gain more experience, it wasn’t a stretch of the imagination to predict that Dana White & Co. would answer the call.

According to a report sent out by Globo last night and confirmed by Pettis’ Jiu Jitsu coach, Daniel “Big Dog” Wanderley, the UFC has done just that. Although no opponent has been named, Pettis will make his promotional debut at UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks. Despite recently capturing the RFA flyweight title with a first round KO over Dillard Pegg, Pettis will allegedly make his debut in the bantamweight division (that’s still a thing, right?).

Who do you think would make for a good litmus test against the 20 year old phenom, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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Jessica “Evil” Eye Signs With UFC, Likely to Face Sarah Kaufman in Debut


(Eye squares off with Prison Michelle at the Bellator 66 weigh-ins. Photo via Sherdog.)

Big news out of Cleveland today, as it has been announced that 10-1 bantamweight prospect Jessica “Evil” Eye has signed with the UFC. The news was broke late last night by none other than Eye herself, who posted the following to her Twitter:

A fierce striker with just as deadly submission skills, Eye’s coming out party came at Bellator 83, where she thrashed Bellator women’s strawweight champion Zoila Gurgel before locking up a standing arm triangle choke that put Gurgel out on her feet less than a minute into the contest. After Bellator decided to shut down their women’s division last week, most correctly assumed that Eye would be snatched up by either the UFC or Invicta, as was the case for fellow Bellator star Felice Herrig.

Although no date or event has been set for Eye’s debut, she is currently being linked to a bout with Sarah Kaufman, who recently saw her Fight Night 27 bout on the 28th cancelled as a result of Sarah McMann’s last second injury. We will have more details on the potential Eye/Kaufman matchup as we are made aware.

After the jump: Eye puts a beating on Gurgel at Bellator 83.

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“The Hulk” Returns: Soa Palelei Inks Four-Fight UFC Deal [UPDATED], Rumored to Face Stipe Miocic at UFC 161


(Palelei puts a twelve-second beating on Bob Sapp, then visibly regrets accepting the fight in the first place.) 

Way back in 2007, a towering Australian slugger by the name of Soa Palelei made his UFC debut at UFC 79: Nemesis. In what would turn out to be Palelei’s lone appearance in the organization, the Aussie engaged in a tepid, horrendously sloppy clinchfest with fellow future-castaway Eddie Sanchez. It was easily the worst fight of the night — marred by long stretches of inactivity, a pair of low blows, and an equally anticlimactic ending in which Soa basically called it quits due to some swelling around his eye — and ranked among the worst of the year.

Sanchez, having narrowly avoided being fired by virtue of winning the fight, would lose his next two fights before receiving a mercy execution from the promotion. Palelei, on the other hand, would not be given a second shot in the UFC (perhaps rightfully so) and would spend the next five years compiling a 10-1 record in the hopes that he could someday earn a chance at redemption and Zuffa glory.

Well, according to Palelei’s management team (Paradigm Sports Management), the heavyweight KO artist will finally be given that chance, as he has inked a four-fight deal with the UFC. Palelei stated the following in an official press release that was sent out yesterday:

I’m thankful to Dana White and Joe Silva for giving me this opportunity to come back to the UFC to showcase my skills. With determination, hard work and a great team, I’m happy to say that today I have signed with the UFC. I look forward to competing in the best organization in the world. 

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Hold the Phone: Ronda Rousey’s Manager Refutes Alleged UFC Signing


(“Woah woah, Ronda, slow down. You can’t just waltz in off the street and demand to be in our crew. Fact is, you can’t join until you go through initiation.”) 

As us bloggers are apt to do when a pretty girl walks into the room, it looks like we may have prematurely shot our wad when we broke the historic news that Ronda Rousey had become the first woman to ever sign with the UFC. That’s correct, you’ve now read two semen-related puns in a row. And it’s only Monday. Anyway, Rousey’s manager recently spoke with ESPN to refute the claims:

“Right now, nothing has changed,” says Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe, noting that Rousey is in Las Vegas to fly with the Thunderbirds, the Air Force demonstration squadron, and not to sign a UFC contract.

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