At 24, Ellenberger was told that he would be lucky to turn 30, and fighting for a living was an idea that was not even possible. But the fighters are fighting. And Ellenberger has run out of options looking for something that could save her career, but more importantly, her life.
He found it in the form of the drug Soliris. Price tag? Over $ 400,000 a year.
“$ 440,000,” says Ellenberger, “And inflation has only gone up.”
Fortunately, insurance and help from the National Organization for Rare Disorders came in, and in 2011 Ellenberger had the disease and was allowed to fight. Upon his return, he went 4-1 with two arrivals and received the call he had been waiting for a long time.
Joe Ellenberger was a UFC fighter.
This does not mean that the drama was over. In fact, it took two dates, two states and six opponents before James Moontasri finally entered the Octagon to face Ellenberger in San Antonio on June 28, 2014, and after three rounds, Ellenberger won the decision and was in road.
“At one point, I thought it wasn’t meant to be. I don’t know what’s going on here, but it won’t happen. So I was really relieved, “he said of his first fight at the UFC. “I was happy, I was excited. More than anything, it was to prove myself and to prove to others that they could achieve insurmountable adversity that was thrown at them and to fight against it and get there was not impossible. “