With a potential top spot atop the Welterweight title contender ladder (behind Johny Hendricks, of course), Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger stormed into the Octagon for their UFC on FOX 8 co-main event and laid a complete egg.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White took to Twitter.com after the 170-pound showdown to vent his disgust saying, "Alrighty ... well that wasn't the fight I thought it was gonna be!!"
White was a little less tongue-and-cheek when it came to a post-event interview on FUEL TV.
"Did you like it?" White asked Ariel Helwani. "Is that one of your picks for 'Fight of the Year?' I think that if you really want to prove that you are one of the best in the world, and you want that shot at the title -- especially against a guy who said that you are not among the Top 10 in the world -- you didn't convince anyone otherwise tonight."
Indeed, Ellenberger claimed that it was "ridiculous" that MacDonald was ranked ahead of him in the No. 3 spot, vowing to put him in his place and continue his divisional assault. However, when it finally came time to throw hands inside KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., "The Juggernaut" was anything but.
"I thought Jake Ellenberger did nothing -- literally nothing at all," White lamented. "He did not try to win, did not try to impose his will … he literally did nothing. His punch stats were close to zero. Rory just stood on the outside and did enough to win."
Ellenberger, who claimed at the UFC on FOX 8 press conference (watch it here) that it "just wasn't his night," will certainly have to go on another impressive run to erase this memory. MacDonald, meanwhile, is frozen in an odd limbo in White's doghouse and unwilling to compete against his mentor, training partner and friend, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.
And, more than likely, he is completely fine with the current state of odd affairs.