Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC’s Welterweight fighter Rory MacDonald is not one who would shy away from trash talking, and the former UFC Lightweight champion BJ Penn knows exactly what it means coming from the youngster. But in a surprising twist of fate, the 23 year, who is set to face Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 8 in the end of July, has stayed extremely quiet at the verbal volleys thrown at him by his senior opponent.
MacDonald has a professional Mixed Martial Arts record of 14-1 and speaking to a local radio about his upcoming match, the youngster stated that The Juggernaut has some very impressive weapons in his arsenal but even then, he would not be able to get over the line and would suffer defeat. Speaking about Jake Ellenberger, MacDonald stated that he hasn’t beaten fighters from the Top 10 or of the caliber that The Juggernaut has overcome in his career, adding that he is just a youngster trying to make his way up the division to his level.
He also mentioned that he has been working hard for it – he has been trying to dominate his opponents, hitting them hard, submitting them or knocking them out. He also mentioned that it is a testament to the hard work he has put in now that he is where he is and fighting guys who are ranked in the Top 10 in the UFC Welterweight division.
MacDonald also mentioned that however, Jake Ellenberger will be unlike any opponent he has faced in his career before and he is arguably the hardest hitter he will have come across in his career. He also admitted that these fights make him excited and he hopes to come up against fighters of different styles as often as he can.
Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight Championship contenders Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald have agreed to go one on one against each other at the UFC on Fox event in the summer. The bout between the two is slated to take place on the 27th of July at Key Arena in Seattle. Reports regarding the fight had been sounded out for the last few weeks and the UFC recently confirmed the fight between the two contenders last week.
Ellenberger and MacDonald are ranked as the 4th and 6th respectively in the Welterweight rankings by ESPN.com. Ellenberger, who boasts of a professional record of 29 wins and 6 losses, is coming off a fresh first round technical knockout defeat of Nate Marquardt at UFC 158 in March. Jake Ellenberger has won eight of the last nine fights in the UFC and he has had four finishes in those wins as well. The only loss that he has suffered in the recent past is the one he suffered at the hands of Martin Kampmann last year in June.
MacDonald, who has not fought since he defeated BJ Penn via unanimous decision, last December is extremely eager to get back inside the Octagon of the UFC and maintain his charge for a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship. MacDonald, who has a professional record of 14-1 was scheduled to take on Carlos Condit at UFC 158 but had to pull out off the fight because of a neck injury.
The 23 year old from Canada is on a run of four wins on the trot and he was campaigning for a rematch against Condit who inflicted his only professional loss, but he has to be happy with the bout he has been given against Jake Ellenberger and aim for a win to take him higher.
Johnny Hendricks and Jake Ellenberger – two of the highly rated contenders for the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight Championship walked out of UFC 158 last weekend feeling rather happy about their results. Both the fighters secured victories, propelling them up the title race in the division and it is now only a matter of time before the two highly rated fighters battle it out against each other inside the Octagon of the UFC.
Speaking to a local media outlet, Ellenberger stated that he believes that they will have to cross paths eventually, at some point or the other, adding that he is quite certain of it. He went on to add it doesn’t matter whether the fight comes this year or the next or the one after, the reality is that Jake Ellenberger and Johnny Hendricks will go head to head. The Juggernaut went on to add that this is a stance that he has taken and there is nothing that can make him back off it.
Ellenberger defeated former Strike Force champion Nate Marquardt via knockout in the first round of their match on the main card at UFC 158, earning the Knockout of the Night gong and taking his UFC record to 8-2. The two losses he has had so far have come against the then interim UFC Welterweight champion Carlos Condit and against the highly rated Martin Kampmann. Hendricks, on the other hand, defeated Condit in the co-main event of the night to become the number one contender for the UFC Welterweight Championship.
And although Jake Ellenberger has no opponent named for the future, Hendricks revealed he would like the title shot in August, meaning the two can meet at the end of this year, in a title or non-title bout, whichever the case maybe.