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Jake Ellenberger recently conducted an interview in which he said his UFC on Fox 8 opponent Rory MacDonald was nothing special. He went on to explain that he didn’t believe MacDonald was a top 10 fighter and the hype he receives is because he trains alongside UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. MacDonald is normally very quiet and reserved, but as BJ Penn learned in December, he is more than happy to do his talking inside the Octagon. He may not be a man of many words, but when he has something to say, he never minces his words.
“It doesn’t really bother me, honestly I have a lot of respect for Jake, I think he’s a good fighter,” said the 23-year-old Canadian. “I enjoy watching him fight, but I disagree with a lot of the things he had to say. At the end of the day we’re going to lock horns and figure out where everyone is at. I’m pretty confident that I’ll be the one coming out on top.”
“As far as what he said about me not beating anyone in the top 10, it’s true. I haven’t beaten the caliber of fighters who are top 10 or the guys he has beaten. I’m a young guy and trying to work my way up into that position. This is what I’ve been working for. I’ve been knocking guys out, submitting guys and dominating them.”
“Now I’m here fighting guys in the top 10, I’ve been climbing the ranks. Unfortunately for him, he’s going to be the first guy in the top 10 that I’m going to have to take out. As far as what he said about my skills being average at best, I just think ignorance is bliss. He’s going to have a big eye opener on that night.”
Ellenberger also made some pretty strange comments about MacDonald recently. He said something along the lines that Rory would be cleaning the cage while he was killing dinner. That statement elicited a laugh from the Tri-Star standout.
“Someone had mentioned that to me and it made me smile,” MacDonald said. “It’s pretty random, but I guess we’re going to settle things and see who’ll be cleaning the cage after this fight!”
Ellenberger is coming off an impressive victory over former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt at UFC 158. It took Ellenberger just three minutes to knock Marquardt out and show everyone once again why he can be so dangerous. With that being said, it hasn’t deterred MacDonald from wanting to get in there and take on Ellenberger himself.
“It was impressive, I definitely enjoyed watching the fight,” MacDonald offered. “I thought his timing was good, but I don’t think he showed too many new things that surprised me in the fight. I was impressed, it was a good performance. Jake is definitely going to be the hardest hitter I’ve ever faced. He has obstacles that I have to overcome, but that’s why I’m in this. I’m excited to fight these kinds of guys. It’s all about fighting new styles and how to figure out the puzzle. I think I have some tools that he’s going to be surprised with and I think I’ll be able to figure out the puzzle.”