Josh Koscheck went into this fight winless since 2012, Ellenberger since 2013.
Both 0-3 over their last three, but still driven to get back into the Welterweight title mix, this fight offered high-stakes and heavy hearts to both men.
Neither fighter wants to give up on MMA. Neither wants MMA to give up on them. It was the quintessential example of a must-win cagefight.
Koscheck used his jab early in round one, waiting to stake a wrestling push.
He did just that mid-round, grinding near the cage and working well in the pocket. It was the highlight of the round, but Ellenberger landed effective strikes late on, some of which did manage to disgruntle the 37-year-old.
Ellenberger, 28, wasn’t quite having his way in round two, being pressed against the fence but still doing well at mid-octagon on his feet, when he was able to find room.
Koscheck found himself caught in a standing guillotine during one of his takedown attempts against the cage.
Ellenberger never turned back from there, and eventually transitioned to a North-South choke on the ground, which stopped the strong-willed Koscheck with foam coming from his mouth — he held on as long as he could, but the finish came at 4:20.
Ellenberger is back in the win column, and, perhaps, returns to the top ten in the UFC.