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Trontsay ‘The Birdman Jr.’ Ellis to Defend Mixed Martial Arts Title

Trontsay(Photo courtesy Trontsay ‘The Birdman Jr.’ Ellis)MADISONVILLE, Ky. (3/13/14) — Hopkins County native, Trontsay Ellis will be putting his 155 belt on the line at the I.F.C. Retribution Event against Yannick Jones at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at the Cannelton Community Center in Cannelton, Ind.

“I will be defending my first title, which is also my first title defense at the Indiana Fighting Championship,” said Ellis. “I started fighting about five years ago, I also have a background in Karate, wrestling and Jujitsu.”

Ellis said his name “The Birdman Jr.” came from a Lil Wayne & Birdman song called “I Stuntin’ like my Daddy.”

“When I was 18, fresh out of school, I use to work with my dad doing masonry work,” said Elllis. “Working with my dad reminded me of Lil Wayne rapping under this guy name the Birdman. So, I started calling my dad the ‘Birdman’ and I became ‘Birdman Jr.’”

Ellis took a break from fighting to take care of his dad in his final stages of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

 “I’ve been training hard for this fight,” said Ellis. “I am currently five and one. I should have a bigger record, but I had to take about a year and half off to take care of my dad in his last stages of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

After his father’s death, Ellis took an additional year off.

“During that time, I didn’t fight,” said Ellis. “But, I did train. I have been going to my Jujitsu classes in Henderson, meeting my wrestling coach at the YMCA. I’ve dedicated a lot of time into this. I know my opponent, he’s training real hard, too. So, I know this is going to be a really good fight.”

Ellis believes that staying positive is a key element in getting through what life throws at you.

“I’ve been on the streets, I did, sold and bought drugs, I watched my dad die,” said Ellis. “Through everything that life throws at you, if you just keep a positive attitude and take that negative stuff that comes your way, and turn it into something positive, it will come out positive. I know sometimes it may seem things will never be great, but you never know. Whatever doors God has opened up for me, are the ones I go through.”

For more information, visit Indiana Fight Club online and on Facebook.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News Reporter

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