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Jake Ellenberger motivated by match-up with Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald - MMAWEEKLYIn the eyes of many, UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald is an uncrowned champion simply waiting for friend/mentor Georges St-Pierre to move on from the division (or sport) before laying claim to the title. The 23-year old is 14-1 in his career with a handful of impressive wins and ton of potential.

MacDonald’s status as one of the sport’s most-hyped welterweights is one Jake Ellenberger has grown to appreciate since finding out he would be facing “Ares” at UFC on FOX 8. According to Ellenberger, the pairing and platform have pushed him past his normal limits in the gym.

“I feel great about the fight. (MacDonald) is a guy who really motivated me to work harder,” said Ellenberger in an interview with ESPN’s website.

“My whole time in UFC has been about working my way up. It’s the hardest sport to be consistent at. But I’m focused on the big picture,” he continued, confidently adding, “The timing is perfect for me. I’m in a good place mentally and physically. I couldn’t be better.”

The 29-6 Ellenberger has lived up to his nickname of “Juggernaut” with 23 stoppages in his career including fifteen TKOs. He emerged victorious in eight of his last nine fights, beating the likes of Mike Pyle, Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez, and most recently Nate Marquardt.