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Jake Ellenberger motivated by match-up with Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald - MMAWEEKLYIn the eyes of many, UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald is an uncrowned champion simply waiting for friend/mentor Georges St-Pierre to move on from the division (or sport) before laying claim to the title. The 23-year old is 14-1 in his career with a handful of impressive wins and ton of potential.

MacDonald’s status as one of the sport’s most-hyped welterweights is one Jake Ellenberger has grown to appreciate since finding out he would be facing “Ares” at UFC on FOX 8. According to Ellenberger, the pairing and platform have pushed him past his normal limits in the gym.

“I feel great about the fight. (MacDonald) is a guy who really motivated me to work harder,” said Ellenberger in an interview with ESPN’s website.

“My whole time in UFC has been about working my way up. It’s the hardest sport to be consistent at. But I’m focused on the big picture,” he continued, confidently adding, “The timing is perfect for me. I’m in a good place mentally and physically. I couldn’t be better.”

The 29-6 Ellenberger has lived up to his nickname of “Juggernaut” with 23 stoppages in his career including fifteen TKOs. He emerged victorious in eight of his last nine fights, beating the likes of Mike Pyle, Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez, and most recently Nate Marquardt.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    Now just hope MacDonald can stay healthy for this fight

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah, the knock on Rory is that he trains too hard and has run into some unfortunate injuries along the way. I’ll take that over popping pills like Leben, or smoking & drinking up like Diego, etc. The guy is young and works too hard… he’ll figure it out, and the criticism & pot shots are just silly.

    Injury-prone Rory joined the UFC in 2010 and has fought the same number of times as guys like Jose Aldo, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans. Yeah they could be more active, but to single out Rory again seems kinda silly.

    Speaking of silly, Ellenberger’s supposed lack of cardio. Dude has 10 fights in the UFC… he was in his early 20s when he made his UFC debut, and Octagon-jitters and all he pushed Carlos Condit to the edge, losing a split decision. But yeah, that was a lack of cardio. Just like when he almost had Kampmann KO’d but then got caught with a knee himself early in the 2nd round….no cardio, mang.


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