UFC welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger (28-6) thinks Johny Hendricks (14-1) is ducking him. The two were scheduled to face off at UFC 158, but an injury to Rory MacDonald (14-1) left Hendricks fighting Carlos Condit (28-6) and Ellenberger welcoming Nate Marquardt (32-11) back to the UFC. For his part, "Bigg Rigg" says the switch was his manager's decision. But "The Juggernaut" told MMA Junkie Hendricks chose a less dangerous path by lobbying for the fight with Condit.
"That's completely wrong. He's trying to word it differently to make it sound like he's not taking the backdoor, which he is ... [Hendricks has] beat a lot of great fighters, and people would argue he's the No. 1 contender, which I wouldn't disagree with. But when you're in that position, you don't get to choose who you fight. So for him to call the shots is absolutely pathetic ... Dana told him if he beats Jake Ellenberger, he gets a shot at the title. That's what he told him. Johny took the back door and wanted to take a less dangerous fight and I say that respectfully to Carlos ... I just think it's ridiculous for him to call the shots. As a professional fighter, that's not your job. You don't say who you're going to fight; you fight who they tell you."