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As season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter” came to a close Friday night, the 22nd champion of TUF was ready to be crowned.
A new feature of the show for this season was a bonus structure voted on by fans, where the fighters had the opportunity to earn an extra $25,000 for their efforts. Announced during the main card, Joe Proctor was selected for Submission of the Season for his rear-naked choke win over Chris Tickle, and Al Iaquinta was the winner of both KO of the Season in his victory over Andy Ogle and Fight of the Season for his battle against Myles Jury.
With an emotional start to the season, Michael Chiesa proved to be as mentally strong as he was physical. After seeing his son fight on live television, and successfully secure his spot in the TUF house, Mark Chiesa, 53, lost his battle with leukemia.
Promising his father that he would be “The Ultimate Fighter” champion, Chiesa went on to do just that by defeating Iaquinta by first round submission.
Following in his footsteps was Martin Kampmann who knocked out Jake Ellenberger, Charles Oliveira submitted Jonathan Brookins, Max Holloway beats Pat Schilling in unanimous fashion and Justin Lawrence puts John Cofer to sleep with a head kick.
After being guaranteed $50,000 as a result from his performance on the show, Iaquinta was ready to take the TUF title, but Chiesa snuck up from behind to spoil his show.
Chiesa fought off Iaquinta’s immediate blitz when the bout started. Iaquinta came out with a sense of urgency, taking the center of the Octagon applying pressure to Chiesa. But when the taller Chiesa closed the distance, he brought the match to the ground and took the back of Iaquinta.
Before he knew, the New York native was fast asleep and Chiesa was crowned the “The Ultimate Fighter” season 15 champion.
As typical, “The Juggernaut” was coming to inflict pain and make quick work of his opponent, but that went astray when the veteran, Kampmann, regained composure.
Ellenberger appeared to have a TKO victory locked up and ready to take home early, but Kampmann somehow managed to slow the pace and find his range. Bloodied and battered, the Danish fighter rocked Ellenberger with a right hand and ultimately finished him with a knee, dropping the American to the mat.
The win for Kampmann now sets him against Johny Hendricks in a welterweight title eliminator bout and brings Ellenberger’s six fight win streak to an abrupt halt
Coming off of a submission of the night performance, Oliveira looked for a way to cash in another bonus check.
Oliveira became very comfortable early in the fight and started to out-strike his American counterpart, Brookins. However, after Brookins attempted a guillotine-choke, Oliveira quickly escaped and then returned the favor, forcing the tap from “The Ultimate Fighter” season 12 winner.
The win now puts the Brazilian on a two-fight win streak.
Not in a rush to finish the fight, Holloway, put on a striking clinic at the expense of Schilling.
Schilling spent a lot of the later rounds on his back, as a result of the vicious body shots delivered by Holloway. While Holloway couldn’t stop Schilling, the judge’s unanimously decided that he did enough to level his record to 1-1 in the UFC.
Starting out the broadcast with UFC on FX was a bout between the first overall selected TUF contestant Lawrence against the underrated Cofer.
Both fighters were able to exchange control on the ground, but Cofer managed to strike first, by stunning Lawrence with a left hook that sent him backing in to the cage.
In the end, Lawrence gave his opponent something to think about when he finished a combination with a head-kick, instantly turning out Cofer’s lights. Lawrence stays undefeated at 4-0 and finds a new home with the UFC.
Joe Ellenberger is undefeated in and out of the cage.
Starting his career in 2005, Ellenberger and his twin brother, UFC welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger, both won their inaugural fights at the same event, via the same finish: TKO by punches.
Following up that victory, Joe Ellenberger has compiled an impressive 12-0 record and is on his way to getting back the title that he never technically lost.
On Friday Ellenberger takes the next step at VFC 36, which takes place at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
“I’m fighting for the VFC 155-pound title against a fighter from the Grudge Training Center. His name is Justin Salas,” Ellenberger explained to Rear Naked Choke Radio on the MMADieHards Radio Network. “He’s pretty good, wrestled in college and works with great coaches. He’s really well-rounded, but he’s coming into some hostile territory.”
The gauntlet that Ellenberger had to endure in order to climb his way back into the cage would have finished most fighters.
Shortly after his 10th win in a row, the Nebraskan learned that he had contracted a rare blood disorder, PNH (paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria), a disease that causes bone marrow to produce red and white blood cells without a certain protein code. Because they are lacking this protein, the body targets the cells as if they are bacteria and destroys them.
Not knowing anything about the disease, Ellenberger quickly had to put his professional fight career on the shelf and prepare to fight for his life.
“It really started out as one of those things in my mind when I heard what the doctor said, ‘Your blood count is all messed up,’ ” Ellenberger said. ”And I’m thinking, ‘OK, give me a pill, give me a week off, then I’m back at it.’
“Then it was not only can you not compete, but you’re going to be fighting for your life and to be able to live a little longer then this diagnosis expects. It really changed my outlook on life.”
While there is no known cure today for this bodily anomaly, doctors continue to research the condition in hopes of further advancements.
“The only people that have been cured, it was through a natural thing where your body recognizes that your bone marrow is bad and replaces it with new P cells,” he explained.
Currently, Ellenberger has to take intravenous treatments every 14 days to calm the effects of the PNH.
With Ellenberger taking a new drug, a major concern was with how the different athletic commissions would accept the treatment. When trying out for a previous season of of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, Ellenberger was obligated to pass all medical exams and blood work.
“Thus far, and I’ve been on the drug since March 2010,” said Ellenberger. “I haven’t had any blip at all or anything go up for concern. Most of the commissions aren’t really educated with what I have. I was cleared to fight in Nevada for The Ultimate Fighter 170-pound tryouts and made it through all the medicals.”
Once all testing was passed, Ellenberger got the lift he needed from the doctor to further push him back into contention. Doctors confirmed that there was no reason why the Nevada Athletic Commission would keep him from competition.
Hearing the news, Ellenberger quickly jumped into the local circuit and began the ride back to the top.
“For me, that was really encouraging at the time and really jump-started me to be able to come and compete at the local circuit here with Nebraska and Iowa commissions,” Ellenberger said. ”Most of these commissions fall in line with Nevada, California or (New) Jersey.”
Making adjustments to nutrition and diet, Ellenberger was sure to fight back against the PNH anyway that he could.
“Now that I have this issue,” Ellenberger said, “I want to make sure that I have everything in line and I’m using my body as efficiently as possible, because some of the time my body isn’t going to run as great as somebody else’s. So I have to make sure that that I’m promoting the utmost efficiency for all of it.”
In the gym, the brothers feed off each other and have a training relationship that can’t be mimicked. Jake is quick to refer to Joe as a bad ass when it comes to training, but the modest VFC contender shot down the accolades.
“I definitely think that with us being twin brothers there’s always that piece to the puzzle where we can push each other a little bit farther, a little bit harder than other coaches or other people tend to go because they don’t have that bond,” Joe Ellenberger admitted.
If the older brother of the twins – Joe by a minute – can put together a win at the Mid-America Center he may be squarely back in the sights of the UFC to possibly join his brother in the premier organization.
“It’s just got to fall in line with what they want to do,” said Ellenberger. “Obviously, with my brother making big waves, it is a big help and never hurts to have some other guys on my behalf. My goal the entire time anyways was to work my way to the top.”
Still undeterred outside the cage, Joe Ellenberger is a good bet to remain unbeaten inside.