Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald Will Be Fireworks From The Start

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Joe Nicholson-USA Today Sports

UFC on Fox 8 features an intriguing welterweight bout between rising star’s Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger. A win for either fighter sets them apart from the pack, and may even warrant a title shot.

The verbal warfare between these two has already started, where Ellenberger has been trying his best to get under MacDonald’s skin. Still, MacDonald seems indifferent to the taunts, claiming that no matter what Ellenberger does, he will “still suffer” once they get inside the ring. Ellenberger and MacDonald both possess well-rounded games, and they are comfortable wherever the fight unfolds. This fight is fireworks in the making, and both will look to back up their talk when they step inside the ring.

MacDonald is the new breed of fighters, focusing on all aspects of MMA. Training alongside welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, he has been able to harness his skills and enhance his technique each time he has stepped inside the cage.  His latest win over B.J. Penn was a beat-down from start to finish, showcasing his crisp striking and ability to keep on the pressure as the fight unfolds. A win over Ellenberger will be huge for his career, and he certainly possess the talent to be champion.

Ellenberger is arguably the heaviest puncher, save for Johny Hendricks, in the welterweight division. His fights with Jake Shields and Nate Marquardt displayed this brutal power, and he complements his striking with his wrestling quite nicely. The only knock on Ellenberger has been his gas tank. Going up against MacDonald, who has shown he can go all three rounds hard, Ellenberger will need to be a bit more measured with his striking.

It should be an exciting bout from start to finish, showcasing two of the most talented fighters in the welterweight division. So who takes this pivotal welterweight bout?  Stay tuned!


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