Jake Ellenberger was in desperate need of a win and he delivered in the biggest way possible after finishing Matt Brown with a first round TKO.
The veteran welterweight was just 1-5 going into the fight and many believed his UFC career was on the line, but Ellenberger showed no fear and he became the first fighter in history to finish Brown with strikes.
The momentum shifted into Ellenberger’s favor almost immediately after Brown came charging out of the gate and got caught with a huge right hand that sent him flying to the canvas.
Ellenberger attempted to follow up with strikes on the ground, but Brown someone managed to survive as he pulled guard before working back to his feet.
It looked like Brown might turn things around after he landed a couple of stiff jabs that had Ellenberger backing up. It appeared for a moment that Ellenberger may have burned through his gas tank going for the early finish and Brown started to stalk him across the Octagon.
Ellenberger put an end to that aggression as he uncorked a vicious kick to the body that crushed Brown’s ribs and he once again crumbled to the mat.
This time Ellenberger wasn’t going to leave anything to chance as he poured on the punches with Brown still on the mat and that was enough for the referee to stop the carnage.
The knockout gets Ellenberger back into the win column while he also notches another accomplishment as he becomes the first fighter to put Brown away with strikes during his 35 fight career.