UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald has a ton of hype heaped on his shoulders thanks to his age, physical abilities, and kinship with dynamic champion Georges St-Pierre. However, as good as he’s looked thus far in his career MacDonald has yet to take out a ranked opponent.

The 23-year old plans to change that statistic in late July when he squares off against Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 8, showing his status as a future contender has some actual substance.

“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,” admitted MacDonald to Alchemist Radio when asked about some recent trash-talk from Ellenberger. “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,” he continued. “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.”

The 29-6 Ellenberger has won eight of his last ten tilts including triumphs over Diego Sanchez, Jake Shields, and Nate Marquardt. Comparably, MacDonald has an overall record of 14-1 with his highest profile victories coming against Nate Diaz, Mike Pyle, and B.J. Penn.