Since Rory MacDonald has arrived in the UFC, the Canadian fighter has defeated Mike Guymon, Nate Diaz, Che Mills, Mike Pyle and BJ Penn, and has looked pretty impressive while doing so. The only man to defeat the welterweight is former interim champ Carlos Condit, who was behind on the scorecards, until he scored the come-from-behind win. So, MacDonald’s proven he’s the real deal right? According to Jake Ellenbeger, not quite yet.
Ellenberger and MacDonald will go at it on July 27th at UFC on FOX 8, in what is expected to determine the new number one contender, now that Johny Hendricks is going to fight Georges St. Pierre. While many pundits and fans view MacDonald as a top contender in the welterweight division, Ellenberger told MMA Junkie.com Radio that he’s not convinced.
“I think Rory gets a lot of credit, a lot of publicity, because he trains with, obviously, Georges St-Pierre, the champion – and he gets a lot of praise from Georges,” Ellenberger said. “But like I said before, I’m not real sold on him yet. He hasn’t really been tested, if you will. I think Carlos did, and Carlos came out on top.”
Ellenberger did praise the 23 year-old fighter for having “a lot of talent”, but also added that he doesn’t see MacDonald as his biggest challenge to date. Of course, Ellenberger may just be trying to get in the rising star’s head, but if MacDonald didn’t have enough motivation to win this fight already, he certainly does now.
The pivotal bout, and UFC on FOX 8, will take place in Seattle at the city’s Key Arena.
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