Jake Ellenberger has some strong remarks for fellow Top-10 UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald.
“I think he’s definitely a young up and comer, but nothing special,” said Ellenberger, during a recent interview with MMA Opinion. “I’m not really sold on him. In my opinion, the only Top-10 guy in our division he’s fought, he’s lost to, and that’s Carlos Condit.”
The two are set to meet in July at UFC on FOX 8, and Ellenberger believes with a win, he’ll become the No. 1 contender to the title.
Ellenberger has posted two straight wins since a loss to Martin Kampmann last year, including a finish of Nate Marquardt in March. He seems to believe much of the “MacDonald hype” is generated because of his training at Tristar gym in Canada alongside UFC champ Georges St-Pierre.
It’s still surprising to me, for some reason some people in this industry think he’s a top five guy, which I don’t even think he’s a Top-10 guy. But, for some reason he has a lot of hype. It must be because he trains with GSP. And he trains at that, whatever, he trains at that gym. I think I have fought and defeated tougher opponents in my UFC career than Rory MacDonald. But I never had a choice in who I fight, you know. He’s the name they gave me and I was all for it. Just let me know when and where.
It’s kind of weird to hear someone rag on their opponent’s standing when a win could vault him into title contention.