Jake Ellenberger has been around the “team” concept for several years.

As a former standout wrestler, and now mixed martial artist, Ellenberger understands that you have to separate yourself from the team once you step inside the Octagon.

“You have to be selfish,” said Ellenberger, in a recent interview with Rebellion Media’s Rick Lee. “You have to do what’s best for you if you. If you are going to make a career out of this, you have to be selfish – that’s the reality of the sport.”

Ellenberger will face Rory MacDonald next month in the co-main event of UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Moraga. The bout could go a long way in determining the next contender to the UFC welterweight title.

Preparing for fights, and prepping others for their own wars, takes a lot of time, Ellenberger said, and you have to be willing to sacrifice other things if you want to compete at the highest level.

“Time is a huge sacrifice,” he said. “Giving your time to help somebody else, being there to talk to them. In my experience, making time is the hardest part.”