Jake Ellenberger has probably turned some heads and prompted some chuckles with some of the comments he’s made heading into his UFC on FOX 8 bout with Rory MacDonald, but the welterweight maintains it hasn’t risen out of deep dislike for his next opponent. The bout already had a fair amount of buzz attached to it, due to the tremendous abilities of each fighter, and now there’s even more hype behind it.
While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, Ellenberger had this to say about some of the verbal jabs he’s taken at MacDonald.
“If you heard everyone else on that conference call talk, I almost fell asleep,” he said. “For me, it’s creative and more for laughs. It’s funny. People take this stuff a bit too seriously. If he didn’t like what I said, we can fight. He can try and punch me. But I said it more for laughs.”
Of course, what really matters at the end of the day is what happens in the Octagon Saturday, particularly since MacDonald is ranked #3 in the division, and Ellenberger is at #4. The 28 year-old fighter offered this analysis of the match-up, as well as his take on MacDonald’s only pross loss, when he was stopped by Carlos Condit in 2010.
“I did see him break in the Condit fight,” Ellenberger said about the 24 year-old “Ares.”
“He’s got a good jab, some good kicks, but I’ve made adjustments. I’ve acknowledged my mistakes and made adjustments. When I’m on, I can beat anyone in the world. I’m focused on myself. I’ve done a lot of intense conditioning and a lot of things I haven’t done before. I’ve got a lot of confidence going into this fight.”
This should be one fantastic co-headliner. UFC on FOX 8 will go down at Seatttle’s Key Arena on Saturday.