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UFC on Fox 8 Results: Rory MacDonald Outjabs Jake Ellenberger for Unanimous Decision Win

Posted on by Andrew Potter

05-Rory-MacDonald-UFC-on-FOX-8-wRory MacDonald moved one step closer to a title shot after claiming an unanimous decision over Jake Ellenberger in the co-main event at UFC on Fox 8 in Seattle on Saturday night.

The judges scored the bout, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27 all in favour of the Canadian.

With so much on the line for both guys, Ellenberger was largely ineffective as the fight failed to live up to the hype.

It was a measured start by both fighters with MacDonald working behind his jab, utilizing his reach advantage and controlling the distance of the fight. Ellenberger was looking to explode with his shots, while MacDonald continued to fire his jab, stinging Ellenberger.

Ellenberger was unable to get on the inside with his striking and resorted to looking for the takedown, but MacDonald was equal to the task, shutting down the moves, effectively neutralizing Ellenberger’s attack with his footwork and jab.

Ellenberger tried to pick up the pace in the final round, needing a finish, but much like the previous two rounds, he was largely ineffective, only able to land glancing shots when he got inside MacDonald’s reach.

Inside the final minute, Ellenberger landed a takedown, putting MacDonald on his back, but it was too little too late as MacDonald moved one step closer to a title shot.

The victory was MacDonald’s fifth straight, but whether he will put out the challenge to fellow Tristar teammate and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre or jump ship to middleweight remains to be seen.

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  • kaukau

    I took piss breaks during this fight and i was watching live at key arena. Thank god though it was a good break between some good fights.

  • https://www.facebook.com/bestnicknameeverbros Eugenio Croitoru

    Fight was boring as hell, but none the less a good job by Rory.

    • Maddawgmar

      How was practically doing nothing against a guy doing nothing amount to a good job. He did a horrendous job against a guy who did a little more of a horrendous job. The fight was pathetic and both fighters were pathetic.

      • Advance*

        That was the most annoying part. Ellenberger did so little that I had to listen to Joe compliment Rory for doing slightly less than nothing. Yeah he “neutralized him” by throwing a soft jab here and there. It’s not like he got countered or Rory made him pay for anything. He never even tried.

        • PhranktheTank

          You need to learn some of the finer points of the striking game. While it looked like nothing to you, rory was doing a lot. He was using his angles and his range beautifully. Ellenberger did nothing because rory didn’t allow him to. He didn’t stand in front of him, he never let him get comfortable, and he constantly snapped his head back with jabs. Was it the most entertaining fight? Absolutely not, but it was a very technically sound performance by rory.

          • Advance*

            I never said it wasn’t a technical performance, but if you’re going to go so far to say that Rory used his angles and range “beautifully”, don’t you think he should have been able to accomplish more than what he did? What good is possessing that kind of advantage if you do so little with it? You see someone like Voelker get busted up for trying to get inside because his will to win won’t allow him to count the seconds until he can get out of there.

          • PhranktheTank

            Voelker was losing. If you’re going to compare him to anyone, compare him to ellenberger. Could Rory have done more? Yes, but I think he was planning for ellenberger to actually show up and fight. Why risk getting overly aggressive and getting knocked out when the guy you’re fighting isn’t even fighting? It takes two guys to make a fight. Only Rory did anything tonight.

          • Manuel Lopez

            Oh please did you just say “why risk?” … It’s a fight that’s why, the stakes are high, finishing ellenberger would have been impressive not that bulls*** we saw tonight. Worst fight of the year… Two young bulls in their prime eating s*** in there

          • PhranktheTank

            It takes two guys to make a good fight. Ellenberger froze. Throw rory in there with condit again and you’ll get a good fight, or give him matt brown if he beats Pyle.

          • Manuel Lopez

            Oh yeah he froze? Even worst if you can’t finish a guy that freezes in fear as I think you’re claiming.

          • PhranktheTank

            When did I say anything about fear? If you read any of my previous comments you’d know exactly why I believe he froze. What’s your opinion on MMA? Just rush in swinging until someone goes down? Makes for a good fight, Ed Herman and Trevor smith did that tonight and it was very entertaining. Tell me when you think one of them will be in title contention?

          • Kris-tyahn

            PhranktheTank 1 – Lopez 0! I agree Phrank, Rory did more and knew he had the fight won, so why give Jake a chance to clip him or use that power. if Jake isn’t willing to engage or go for it?! Jake froze/was gun shy bc of the movement and speed of Rory, also those jabs were not soft, did u not see Jakes face at the press conference?! Soft jabs don’t turn people’s face purple and black, especially since there weren’t many.

            Lopez, go to fight metrics and see how many total strikes Jake landed compared to Rory, and let me know who showed up and who didnt?!? Yes I would have loved and expected to see a better/more entertaining fight, but like Phrank said, it takes two to fight and Jake wasnt willing to engage or willing to take risks when he knew he was down two rounds. C’est la vie!

          • Fight Metric

            Rory 46 – Jake 19 strikes.

          • Manuel Lopez

            Why would you ‘freeze’ in a fight then? What emotion causes a competitor to freeze? Rory ain’t getting any title shot yet, you can bet the farm on it.

          • PhranktheTank

            Ok, apparently you don’t want to read my previous comments to get my take on why ellenberger froze, so I’ll tell you again. Rory used angles so well that by the time jake loaded up, he wasn’t there anymore. He used his range to make ellenberger have to charge in and put himself at risk to do any damage, finally he used his jab to frustrate jake and keep him from getting set. He didn’t let jake fight his fight and jake froze because of it.

          • Manuel Lopez

            Ok that sounds sensible but it was not enough. Others have fought ellenberger head on and defeated him, I think Rory could have done it, especially to an opponent that froze. You reinforce my argument that the fight sucked and Rory does not deserve any hype or title shot after such a lackluster and minimal performance.

          • PhranktheTank

            Was the fight boring? Absolutely. Have people beaten ellenberger in more entertaining scraps? Absolutely. But in those fights ellenberger did something, he was aggressive. You can’t expect rory to get wreckless just because jake is fighting stiff. It takes two people to make a fight. Rory threw and landed punches and kicks, jake didn’t. This fight being boring rests on the guy who didn’t fight.

      • fiji

        Because his game plan neutralised the most dangdrous weapon Ellenberger had. His power. He stood outside, jabbed when he came in, snuffed the few take downs, and effectively controlled the entire fight. It wasn’t that Ellenberger did nothing, it’s that he wasn’t allowed to do anything. There’s a difference, scrub.

        • Maddawgmar

          No he didn’t do anything. The one time he did was in the third round when he got the takedown. Ellenberger was waiting to counter, and Rory wasn’t attacking. The fight was a stale mate with Rory pawing a few jabs to stay ahead. It’s funny everyone is quick to defend Rory for fighting that way yet most of the same ppl would castrate Condit for fighting a similar tactic against Diaz

          • Kris-tyahn

            Ugh no, sorry dude. The only people who had issues with Condits fight vs Diaz, was Diaz and his fans. Condit did a lot more than Rory did vs. Jake. But Rory did more than Jake did. Condit vs Diaz and Rory vs Jake should have been much better fights, but guess what? When there’s so much pressure and so much on the line, it’s easy for us fans at home to say they should have done this and that. Don’t get me wrong, I expected much from Rory and Jake, but understand why they were both hesistant. With that said, they deserve the booooos to a certain degree. This fight showed neither of the. Would do anything against GSP!!

          • PhranktheTank

            I loved the way condit fought Diaz.

  • Manuel Lopez

    Aweful fight, and the Rory hype should be hushed, he’s nowhere near gsp level. Ellenberger choked. Just aweful fight.

  • Maddawgmar

    I literally put on my recording of Green Street Hooligans. That way I saw some exciting fighting. Scripted but still better than that s***. Rory confirmed my claim that he is a punk. And Ellenberger just entered my list of punks.

  • Connerjames00

    Jakelked a lot of s*** and did nothing whatsoever ta

    • Manuel Lopez

      True

  • Kris-tyahn

    Ellenberger shouldnt have done all that talking about putting Rory horizontal. Rory did a good jobof keeping the distance and jabbing Ellenbergers face. But it was a very disappointing fight, but hey, Rory “showed up” more so than Ellenberger. That’s not saying much, but Rory did much more than Jake. Like I said, GSP would destroy Rory! After their fight maybe, maybe Jake and Rory could probably beat GSP if they fought him at the same time…. Maybe!

    • PhranktheTank

      How does jake promise rory ‘horizontal tv time’ and then land 20 punches in 15 minutes. Absurd

  • Cereal Killer

    I get it. Rory was avoiding the scrap with his power and just doing more than Jake. They are the #3 & 4 ranked fighters in the world, I guess I wouldn’t be too careless either.
    …fight sucked…

  • drkdisciple

    I expected a whole lot more from Rory, he simply did the bare minimum to outpoint Ellenberger. That performance does not warrant any title shot for now.

  • Manuel Lopez

    Masvidal vs Chiesa put Rory vs Ellenberger to shame!

  • dgs

    This is nothing new in MMA. Every now and then fights that look amazing on paper fail to materialize in actuality. Usually it happens when both fighters are equally skilled, or in the case of this fight, where both fighters fight not to lose, rather than to win.

    This was a paper win for MacDonald and a paper loss for Ellenberger. I don’t see this fight doing anything for either fighter, positive or negative. I would like to see a rematch.

    • PhranktheTank

      Rory gets to hover with the W. jake is going down a peg or two for that lack of a performance.

  • julian moran

    Sometimes fighters cancel each other out.
    Rory did a good job shutting Ellenberger down. He exposed Ellenberger’s weaknesses. Ellenberger has not much more to offer, other then explosive power within the pocket.

  • MuayThaiFood

    I had to come here to see the result because I actually fell asleep for most of this one. Instead of counting sheep from now on I’m just going to re-live this fight.

  • MuayThaiFood

    New rule…when fights are this boring they should drop a claw hammer in the center of the ring at 4:30 of the last round.