Jake Ellenberger (29-6) has compiled an 8-2 record in his four years in the UFC and now finds himself on the brink of a title shot. The word is, if the 28-year-old beats rising star Rory MacDonald (14-1) at UFC on Fox 8 on July 27, he becomes the #1 contender. While his 23-year-foe is a powerful wrestler with rapidly improving striking skills, Ellenberger suspects there’s a glaring hole in his armour – his chin. “The Juggernaut” has the tools to expose a suspect chin – as evidenced by his 18 stoppage victories with seven clean KO’s – and he’s confident he’ll stop “The Canadian Psycho” in his tracks. Watch the full interview from MMA Heat.
“He’s got a lot of confidence behind him, training with GSP. He’s kind of been a guy I’ve always been like, ‘We’ll meet eventually,’ and it excites me. Stylistically, it’s a great match-up, he’s great everywhere. Has he really been tested? He really hasn’t fought an opponent like me, so that’s why this is an exciting fight to watch. And to be part of the Fox card, too, is a bonus for me … He’s young, he’s hungry. He fought Carlos Condit – the only guy in the top 10 I believe that he’s fought, he lost to, which was Carlos Condit … They’re claiming this kid to be the next GSP, the next to dominate the division, well, I disagree. I’ve been working my whole life to be in this position that I’m in now, so, yeah, I absolutely believe that I’ll beat him. I really don’t think his chin’s been tested. I’ve seen him be dropped by Che Mills, he’s been dropped in fights. He does a lot of things good, but he doesn’t do anything spectacular.”