When Joe Ellenberger makes his UFC debut, it will be the thrid time twin brothers have fought in the UFC, as he is the twin of veteran welterweight Jake Ellenberger.
Joe has amassed a 14-1 record in regional shows and just signed a four fight deal with the UFC:
Joe Ellenberger -- the twin brother of UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger -- has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC. Or rather, he has finally signed a deal to fight with the UFC, realizing a long held dream that for a long while never felt attainable.
The 28-year old Nebraska native Ellenberger (14-1) was diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) -- a rare disease that destroys red blood cells -- in 2009, right after he'd ran his professional fight record to 10-0. Doctors told him at the time not only that he'd never fight again, but that chances are he wouldn't live to see the age of 30.
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