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Rauno 07-29-2013 05:04 AM

Dana White: Rory MacDonald Blew His Chance to Become a Contender at UFC on Fox 8
 
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When the co-main event fight between Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger ended on Saturday night, the two competitors were drowned in a chorus of boos from the crowd in attendance after a fairly lackluster 15-minute bout.

Heading into UFC on Fox 8, MacDonald vs. Ellenberger was regarded as a fight that could steal the show as the real main event after the two welterweights sparred on Twitter and in interviews, not to mention the fact that they were both ranked in the top five of their division.

What resulted was a far cry from an instant classic, as MacDonald essentially jabbed Ellenberger repeatedly over three rounds to earn a unanimous decision.

Following the fight, MacDonald was praised by several reporters for a technically brilliant masterpiece—both on site in Seattle and on Twitter—while fans and other journalists panned the fight as a boring affair that few would want to watch again.

UFC president Dana White fell into the latter category. After having such high expectations about the fight going into the show, he was sorely disappointed when it was over.

White points to Ellenberger for part of the blame because he failed to engage at almost every moment in the fight, but he also turned his ire toward MacDonald because he refused to take advantage of the situation.

"Ellenberger did nothing. Ellenberger did nothing and he's told you, you don't belong in the top 10. (MacDonald) went out and bullied B.J. (Penn) because he knew he could. He didn't try to bully Ellenberger. Don't come in and say 'oh my fight was great, it was technical and this and that and I belong in the top 10,' and talk all this s*** and don't go in there and try to perform," White said when speaking to reporters after UFC on Fox 8 ended. "I don't think he did anything. He threw a few jabs and some front kicks."

White says the fight with Ellenberger was MacDonald's chance to separate himself from the crowd at 170 pounds—his chance to define his standing as a contender in the division.

It's widely known that MacDonald trains at the same gym as UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, and the two have said on numerous occasions that they would never fight each other. White believes it's all just posturing until MacDonald reaches the point where he stands alone as the No. 1 contender, and he had a chance to do that on Saturday night and failed.
"That kid's in a tough enough position as it is—he lives in Georges St-Pierre's house, he trains in Georges St-Pierre's hometown, and everything's Georges St-Pierre this and Georges St-Pierre that, and the kid has to walk around and say he doesn’t want to fight Georges St-Pierre," White said about MacDonald.

"We all f***ing know he wants to fight Georges St-Pierre, but why would he go out beating his chest that he wants to fight Georges St-Pierre when that fight isn't even close to happening yet," White continued.

"Tonight was a night, an important night, that everybody was excited for. Yes, I understand sometimes you know you're fighting somebody dangerous, but f***ing Ellenberger just sat there. Ellenberger sat two feet away from me and said 'that wasn't me tonight, I wasn't myself.' So if you're Rory and you're that f***ing good and you're that talented, then you impose your will on him and you show the rest of the world not only do I belong in the top five, I should be fighting Georges St-Pierre."

White says the fight won't do long-term damage to MacDonald's career so long as he doesn't duplicate it again in his next trip to the Octagon, but his performance didn't do him any favors, either.

"I don't think he moves down the ladder, but do you think anybody's screaming to see him in a f***ing fight again?" White asked. "We live in a business, unfortunately, that you're as good as your last fight.

"Rory's one of the best in the world. He didn't look it tonight."
Bleacherreport

What's this sh*t Dana is on right now? Rory has said several times that he doesn't want a shot at GSP yet Dana is acting like it never happened.

Life B Ez 07-29-2013 05:18 AM

Can't wait til the press conference after he massacres Carlos. Wonder what Dana will be spewing about how Rory "has" to fight Georges. Dana is as bad as kids on the internet.

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Hammerlock2.0 07-29-2013 05:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Rauno (Post 2191521)
Bleacherreport

What's this sh*t Dana is on right now? Rory has said several times that he doesn't want a shot at GSP yet Dana is acting like it never happened.

That's because he wants to profit from working with GSP until he gets to fight him. He wouldn't be fighting at 170 if he wasn't planning on fighting GSP at some point.

DonRifle 07-29-2013 06:23 AM

GSP Rory, what a snooze fest that would be!. Jab, Jab, Jab, Jab. Takedown, yawn, stand up, jab jab, yawn, takedown, elbow. Vaseline, jab jab, superman punch, yawn. You can av a rematch any time.

Fieos 07-29-2013 10:31 AM

Funny what GSP can get by with due to his charisma and following. Rory tries it and gets chastised by Dana.

It can be equally argued that if GSP is such a top fighter why isn't he putting anyone away?

Dana disparity ftw....

osmium 07-29-2013 12:24 PM

Ellenberger would have knocked him out if he tried to actually exchange with him. We saw that Rory had worse wrestling and power so that was his way to win. Rory didn't win by being more technical that is nonsense he squeaked by with not engaging and Ellenberger being too worried about gassing to spend the amount of energy it would take to constantly chase him and fight inside.

Dana giving bad advice to fighters again. Rory isn't some destroyer like Bones he needs to fight smart if he wants to beat the dangerous fighters at the top of WW.

jonnyg4508 07-29-2013 12:51 PM

Berger had nothing and proved to be average at best in the striking department. He is Ryan Bader.

DonRifle 07-29-2013 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by osmium (Post 2191849)
Ellenberger would have knocked him out if he tried to actually exchange with him. We saw that Rory had worse wrestling and power so that was his way to win. Rory didn't win by being more technical that is nonsense he squeaked by with not engaging and Ellenberger being too worried about gassing to spend the amount of energy it would take to constantly chase him and fight inside.

Dana giving bad advice to fighters again. Rory isn't some destroyer like Bones he needs to fight smart if he wants to beat the dangerous fighters at the top of WW.

Tactics like that are bad for business. Empty seats, lower PPV figures. The last thing Dana wants is a jab fest, so its understandable he says what he says.

guycanada 07-29-2013 01:30 PM

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Originally Posted by DonRifle (Post 2191577)
GSP Rory, what a snooze fest that would be!. Jab, Jab, Jab, Jab. Takedown, yawn, stand up, jab jab, yawn, takedown, elbow. Vaseline, jab jab, superman punch, yawn. You can av a rematch any time.

Exactly... Neither is going to want to ko the other, Gsp will get him down attempt transitions, rory will be working the butterfly guard and we may see a sub, not the PPV Dana is thinking of, atleast Jones and Evans talked smack.

GSP vs Rory would have no build up, these guys are actually friends and team mates, not two ego maniacs who are jealous of each other like two guys competing for the same girl at a bar.

guycanada 07-29-2013 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by osmium (Post 2191849)
Ellenberger would have knocked him out if he tried to actually exchange with him. We saw that Rory had worse wrestling and power so that was his way to win. Rory didn't win by being more technical that is nonsense he squeaked by with not engaging and Ellenberger being too worried about gassing to spend the amount of energy it would take to constantly chase him and fight inside.

Dana giving bad advice to fighters again. Rory isn't some destroyer like Bones he needs to fight smart if he wants to beat the dangerous fighters at the top of WW.

Ellenberger did absolutely nothing, I saw the fight live and he was swinging and missing... Rory wasn't running either.. He used distance and those jabs were backing Ellenberger up. With the quiet lulls of the crowd between the boo's you could hear the snap of that hard jab and how it was breaking Ellenberger... Good for rory not to rush in like a rookie and stick to his game plan..didnt fall for the pressure of the boo, the pressure of the Ellenberger trash talk, or the pressure of the title shot..pretty composed for a 24/25 yr old


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