Yesterdary it was announced that Rory MacDonald had to drop out of his bout with Carlos Condit, and Johny Hendricks jumped at the opportunity to face a former interim welterweight champion. One person who is not happy about the change is Hendricks’ former opponent Jake Ellenberger, who wrote Hendricks via Twitter to tell him, “I knew you’d find a way out.”
A fan responded asking whether or not Ellenberger believed that Hendricks was ducking him. He did not get a response from the fighter. Jake’s brother, Joe, did respond by saying, “Fight was signed.
@JohnyHendricks called bossman, begged for easier fight. Got a new fight = ducking.” It remains to be seen if Hendricks is actually ducking him, but if Jake shares his brother’s sentiment, he is not very happy – and why should he be?
Jake went from fighting the consensus number-one contender in the division to not knowing who he is going to fight at all. With a win he could have been in line to fight for the title. Changes to opponents are always very hard on fighters who tailor their fight camps to their opponent’s style. Now Jake has to sit, wait, and train with no opponent in mind.
This talk is a bit surprising too since Jake is not one to usually talk bad about opponents. Joe on the other hand has no problem fighting for his brother, because as followers continued to hound Jake’s comment Joe said, “Just really think the winner of Johny/Jake was the most dangerous WW threat to GSP.” Which is true considering they have the heaviest hands in the division, and we have already seen what Condit can do in a fight with GSP.