After labeling Rory MacDonald "fake" and "nothing special" to warrant top 10 consideration, many believed Jake Ellenberger was simply doing his pre-fight trash talk in attempts to hype up their upcoming welterweight clash at UFC on FOX 8 on July 27, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.
Nevertheless, Ellenberger took the opportunity during Tuesday's (July 16, 2013) UFC on FOX 8 media conference call to explain his recent verbal lashings aimed at the young Canadian and declared that come fight night, MacDonald won't have a say in how the fight plays out.
"I haven't said anything that wasn't true. My message to Rory was pretty clear. ... This isn't a Tears for Fears lookalike contest. All I said to him is prepare for some horizontal television time and I meant it."
In what seemed to be an attempt at humor or an insult, Jake is inferring that Rory has some similar facial features to one of the members of the new wave English rock band, "Tears for Fears."
I'm assuming he meant lead singer Curt Smith.
Insults aside, the former Nebraska Cornhusker says that come fight night, MacDonald will simply be playing a game of follow the leader, declaring that he will determine where the fight goes and how it goes down, not Rory.
"I'm going out there to perform and to win. It doesn't matter, Rory doesn't have a choice where this fight goes, this fight goes where I want it to go. He's shown he has potential, but has not faced anyone like me. So I'm stoked to be in there."
And while UFC President Dana White stopped short of declaring the fight between "Ares" and "The Juggernaut" a No. 1 contender's bout, a win for either man will do wonders for their championship dreams.
Who ya' got?