Jake Ellenberger is a great fighter with some true potential. He recently suffered a disappointing loss to Rory Macdonald at UFC FOX 8 and in a fight that could only be described as mind numbingly boring. Although MacDonald got the victory and Ellenberger the loss, neither fighter exited the Octagon to cheering fans or to Dana White’s praise. To say the least, the fight did nothing for eithers career.
Setting aside his recent stumble, the 8 & 3 and #5 ranked fighter, is still very much a force to be reckoned with within the welterweight division. However, losses affect each fighter differently and where some find motivation in a loss, others allow it eat away at their confidence.
In a brief interview with Rick J. Lee, Ellenberger’s response to his loss and his sub-par performance seems to be one of a quiet stoicism.
Of his loss and his performance in it, Ellenberger says it was “frustrating” for the amount of work and effort that went into preparing for the bout, however, “that’s the nature of the sport” and that sadly, unlike other professional sports, a fighter doesn’t have the opportunity to go out there the next night and redeem himself, immediately.
In terms of where he is mentally, Jake says he’s “moved on” and that the loss was not a step back in his career, and that’s he’s still “extremely motivated” to become champion. Indeed, Ellenberger says it’s the only reason he’s in the UFC; to become champion.
Although currently without an opponent, "The Juggernaut" says that he’s currently in the selection process of putting together his next match and where he doesn’t have a name, yet or an actual date, he does know he’ll be fighting a top-ten contender and that the fight will go off “definitely before the end of the year.”
As far as anything that he might adjust from his last fight to his next, Ellenberger said the only thing he's intending on tweaking is his diet and to ensure that he doesn't over-train; something which he felt he had done for his last match.
For my two cents worth, one of the things I’d advise Jake to add to his list of adjustments would be staying off of Twitter and to no longer engage in online verbal battles with his opponents. It takes a certain type of personality to pull that off and to be successful at it, and unfortunately for Jake I don’t think he has the character for it. Jake is too nice guy and nice guys don’t make great “heels” or smack talkers. I think in trying to engage MacDonald in a Twitter war, Jake became distracted and less focused. I believe his Twitter assault actually had the reverse affect and probably landed MacDonald in his (Jake’s) head, rather than the other-way-round; as was the original intention