UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger has produced a continuous stream of smack-talk in Rory MacDonald‘s direction leading up to their scrap on Saturday night at UFC on FOX 8. However, MacDonald hasn’t taken the bait for the most part and reeled in any responses rather than return fire.

The reason behind MacDonald’s relative silence, at least according to the talented 23-year old, has to do with his confidence entering the affair. “Ares” possesses a polished arsenal of techniques and trains with some of the best fighters on the planet at TriStar MMA, both of which he believes should give him an edge when the two square off.

“Not that I don’t respect what this kid is good at. I acknowledge that,” said MacDonald at the open workouts in a conversation captured by MMAJunkie. “He’s got a lot more to worry about than me. I’m not going in there worried about one thing that he’s going to do. I’m going to do in there and do my job and take care of business.”

Another concern Ellenberger may have has to do the numerous insults he’s leveled at MacDonald over the past few months. In the Canadian competitor’s opinion, Ellenberger has essentially backed himself into a corner and will be proven wrong once the cage door closes.

“As far as what people say or think, I can’t control that. I’ve been winning my fights lately, and doing it in good fashion, so I think that’s why I’m here. We’ll see on Saturday night,” MacDonald concluded.

MacDonald is 14-1 in his career with six submissions and six TKOs. Comparably, Ellenberger holds an overall mark of 29-6 including eighteen knockouts brought on by his heavy-handed approach to striking.