There aren't many things that Jason Ellis won't do for a thrill. The former professional skateboarder-turned-radio host has shown something of a knack for sacrificing his body in the name of entertainment over the years, most recently partaking in a boxing match against Shane Carwin under the stipulation that the former UFC heavyweight title challenger have one arm tied to his side.
It still did not go well for him.
Despite the skull-rattling loss, it seems that the 45-year-old Ellis has decided to step back into the ring (or cage) to compete in one of his other passions: mixed martial arts. According to a post on Ellis' Instagram yesterday, the Melbourne native will be taking on Gabe Rivas as part of an upcoming King of the Cage event in May.
The bout will mark the first time that Ellis has competed in MMA since 2009, where he picked up a second round submission victory in his debut bout. Ellis has, however, faced the likes of MMA legend Urijah Faber and TUF veteran Gabe Ruediger in boxing matches before, even managing to score a surprising KO victory over the latter in 2012.
Rivas, on the other hand, has competed just three times since 2013, losing all three bouts by way of TKO. Having faced the likes of Charles Bennett, Rob McCullough, and Antonio McKee over the course of his 15 year career, Rivas will undoubtedly hold a massive experience advantage over Ellis, though his current 2-14 record dating back to 2008 (and 14-25 record overall) argues that there may just be hope for Ellis to pull out a victory here.
Tickets for King of the Cage: Groundbreaking can currently be purchased at https://www.cagetix.com/ELLIS.