Rory MacDonald: “Jake Ellenberger is definitely going to be the hardest hitter I’ve ever faced.”

UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald isn’t afraid of talking trash. Just reference his feud with B.J. Penn if in need of an example. However, though UFC on FOX 8 opponent Jake Ellenberger has thrown some verbal hand grenades into MacDonald’s lap, the 23-year old has remained surprisingly calm.

The 14-1 MacDonald spoke to Alchemist Radio about his summer scrap with Ellenberger where he admitted “The Juggernaut” had some impressive tools in his arsenal but would ultimately go down in the end.

“I haven’t beaten the caliber of fighters who are Top 10 or the guys he has beaten. 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. 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.”

“Jake is definitely going to be the hardest hitter I’ve ever faced. He has obstacles that I have to overcome, but that’s why I’m in this. I’m excited to fight these kinds of guys. It’s all about fighting new styles and how to figure out the puzzle. I think I have some tools that he’s going to be surprised with and I think I’ll be able to figure out the puzzle.”

SOURCE: Alchemist Radio
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