Dana White Thinks Jake Ellenberger Has Trouble Pulling The Trigger

Dana White Thinks Jake Ellenberger Has Trouble Pulling The Trigger


Last night (May 24) in Las Vegas, Jake Ellenberger suffered his second consecutive loss in the 170 pound division.

Going down in TKO defeat in the third round of his UFC 173 match with the No. 1 ranked Robbie Lawler, Ellenberger demonstrated that he had no definitive answer for his opponent’s superior stand-up game.  

Outstruck on the feet 68 – 29 and taking all the damage, the “Juggernaut” handed in another lackluster, low volume performance, and one that appears to have left UFC President Dana White questioning Ellenberger’s heart.

At the post-fight media scrum, White stated that Ellenberger seems to have trouble “pulling the trigger” in big fights. Specifically, White made note of the fact that this is the second fight in a row where Ellenberger has failed to “step up” when required. By White’s view, the fighter has “a lot of work to do” if he’s to be a serious contender in the welterweight division.  

His words:

“Listen, there are guys that pull the triggers when it’s time to step up, and there are guys who don’t pull the trigger. This is two times where he was in the spotlight and had big opportunities and he didn’t pull the trigger. When you’re in a big fight like that, and you’re down two rounds, you come out in that third round and you try and win. He didn’t do that. He didn’t do it in the MacDonald fight either. He’s got a lot of work to do.”

White raises a valid point. Going into the final round, Ellenberger must have known that he was losing the fight, and short of stopping Lawler in the third he wouldn’t be able to cull the win. Yet, in coming out to answer the last bell, Ellenberger only managed to land a woeful five strikes in the three-minutes-and-six-seconds of action. In short, Ellenberger didn’t lay it on the line.

As to the “work” that White speaks of, it appears that it might have more to do with the “Juggernaut’s” heart than anything else. Coming off of his disappointing performance and loss to Rory MacDonald at last July’s UFC on Fox 8: Johnson vs. Moraga card, Ellenberger heard the same criticisms from White and professed to have gotten the boss’s message. However, in last night’s match with Lawler, Ellenberger once again failed to put out the third round effort that was required of him to be able to win the fight.

As to where Ellenberger goes from here it’s hard to say. He can ill afford another loss and may well need a win just to keep his job. He has skill and power to be sure. However, he doesn’t always bring the best game plan. Perhaps working on his fight strategy might be a good place for the “Juggernaut” to start, when re-evaluating his ring performance. 


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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    Three strikes and you're out….Ellenbergers next fight will be on an undercard no dount and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets cut after that because the UFc are not going to invest in an ageing fighter with mediocre performance….If they cut Jon Fitch they will cut Ellenberger. Sad to see Ellenberger go from hero to zero after two fights…Ellenberger needs a new camp, new people around him because its not working where he is at.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    Nothing to do with heart. Ellenberger is not an elite ww. I see him as more of a gate keeper than anything else. Also, he seems to be a small ww. He should consider dropping to lhw. Otherwise, not certain his skill set will keep him in ufc

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience

      It most definitely is a heart issue… Ellenberger has all the tools necessary. Once he felt Robbie's power he just completely shut down. He didn't do SHIT! He just looked scared to engage… Then when u look at rnd 3, he tries to turn up a bit and go for it cause his corner pretty much begged him to. Had a little success, seemed like he had Robbie in trouble for a second, got tagged again and immediately his whole shit shut down again… That my friend, is lack of heart!

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

        As a small note – what was going on with his fight shorts? He looked like he was fighting in his underwear.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience


        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

          It was a distraction tactic that didnt work. lol, Robbie isnt a puffer and wanted to finish him off.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    Against top WW's since 2012

    Knocked out vs KAmpman
    Picked apart vs Rory
    Knocked out vs lawler

    only big win since 2012 was against Nate Marquardt and it's debatable if he's a top 10-15WW

    Ellenberger does not have all he tools or he'd be more competitive against top talent–He's lost last 6 rounds he's fought against Mcdonald and Lawler…He's a gate keeper

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience

      It's all mental… not lack of skill set. It's confidence and heart he's lacking. As soon as he gets into a spot where it's title contention he chokes. Every other fight he's a killer. Just look at his record.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

        I agree, you either have killer instinct or you dont. When the Octagon door closes, those two get separated. Fear is not what you know about your opponent, it's what you know about yourself.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      @watermelon, You mean picked his nose against Rory.