Jake Ellenberger receives key to Omaha
This Wednesday, Jake Ellenberger meets Diego 'The Dream' Sanchez in the octagon for the UFC's first event on Fuel TV which takes place in Omaha, Nebraska. While a win over Sanchez would elevate Ellenberger's career, it is unlikely that a victory will be as memorable as receiving the key to his hometown.
Ellenberger is seen as a hometown hero, a fighter who was born and raised in Omaha and continued to help the community as an assistant coach to the now defunct University of Nebraska-Omaha's wrestling team. The ceremony was headed by David Dover, the deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Jim Suttle.
Dover had the following to say:
On behalf of Mayor Jim Suttle, the City of Omaha is proud to recognize Jake as a hometown hero, as both a former US Marine and an outstanding athlete.
The elated Ellenberger added:
I'm honored to be recognized by the city I grew up in and fight for. It's extra pressure to fight in your hometown with all your family and friends in the front row, but I know the support from the local fans will be awesome.
The UFC on Fuel TV prelims kick off on Facebook at 6:20 PM ET. The prelims are headlined by a fight between Jonathan Brookins and Vagner Rocha. The main card has a start time of 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT.