Dana White: ‘We had cut’ Jake Ellenberger before his UFC 201 win vs. Matt Brown
Jake Ellenberger begged for one last chance to prove himself, and he made the most of his opportunity at UFC 201 against Matt Brown.
Ellenberger turned in one of the finest performances of his entire career, stopping Matt Brown with a vicious body kick in the opening round. UFC President Dana White revealed that the UFC released him from the promotion after his loss to Tarec Saffiedine.
“I didn’t know what to expect from him,” White said. “I said in the standup with [UFC commentator Joe] Rogan before the fights started, if he comes out and does what he’s capable of doing, then this is going to be a very fun fight.
“With the UFC, we had cut him,” White added. “He flew out to Las Vegas and he met with me and said, ‘Don’t cut me, please.’ He said, ‘Give me one more shot. I promise I will come out and deliver.'”
This win will surely reinsert Ellenberger back into the top 15 rankings at welterweight.