Fighter Fought For Life, Fighting Is Life

Curt Casper

OMAHA (KPTM) - In 2009, Joe Ellenberger, a Millard SouthHigh School graduate, was diagnosed with a rare blood disease known as PNH(Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria). It is a potentially deadly disease.

Joe, a former Victory Light Weight Champion of Mixed MartialArts, was told he would never be able to participate in contact sports again.

"This isn't the end, they are telling me what normal peopleare, I'm going to be the abnormal guy, if I'm already the one in a million whynot be the one in 10 million that defeat this thing," he said.

Doctors didn't realize the heart Joe had and the amount ofpassion he had for fighting.

On Tuesday, Joe was preparing for his first home fight inover three years. His comeback to the MMA world had been completed.

"I think people take for granted until they get it takenaway, so good perspective," he said.

Joe will be fighting in the new Ralston Arena this weekendas part of the Victory Fighting Championship. The fights will take placeSaturday, December 15th. Doors will open at 6:00pm with the fights starting at 7:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased through the Ralston Arena or byclicking on this link