The force is strong with the media.
According to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger, opponent Rory MacDonald has been getting a lot of unwarranted "hype" from the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, who seem to hold "Ares" on a pedestal he hasn't yet earned.
"The Juggernaut" recently claimed Rory wasn't anything "special" and was only given a top five ranking in the 170-pound division because he's good friends with current welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
Now, Jake believes the MMA media has glorified MacDonald and made him a bigger star than he really is, based on what he is capable of doing, rather than what he has actually done. And, as the former Nebraska Cornhusker recently revealed to Bleacher Report, the fact that Rory's combat sports career has been embellished to grand proportions makes him a "fake."
Ellenberger explains his beef:
"This is a huge, pivotal fight for the welterweight division. It can set the tone for the division going into the end of the year. It's a huge fight and there is no bigger place than on Fox. Then you factor in that I don't like him, and that should make it fun to watch. I just don't like him and it's something I'm definitely looking forward to. I love how much the media has pushed him, and that makes it better for me. They like to embellish this young kid. Rather than base things on his accomplishments, it's more about his potential. I really don't know why, to be honest with you. Rory is as fake as the food he is named after...there is a restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska named Rory's. This is how this fight is going to go. Buffer screams. Rory runs. Jake swings. Rory sleeps. Crowd screams."
Contrary to Jake's opinions, Rory has in fact, put in his work during his time under the ZUFFA banner.
Since making his UFC debut back in 2010, "Ares" has racked up a 5-1 record with wins over Nate Diaz and B.J. Penn. His lone blemish came to Carlos Condit at UFC 115, a fight many felt the young Canadian was on the verge of winning before the referee put a halt to the bout with seven seconds remaining thanks to some increased ground-and-pound action from "The Natural Born Killer."
Ellenberger will find out firsthand if MacDonald is indeed all hype when the two meet in the co-main event at UFC on FOX 8 on July 27, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.
And if "The Juggernaut's" prediction of the fight becomes a reality, it would behoove fight fans not to blink.