Is Rory MacDonald the next GSP? UFC on Fox 8 opponent Jake Ellenberger doesn’t think so

Maggie Hendricks

Jake Ellenberger has been floating near the top of the UFC's welterweight class for some time. He has just two losses in the UFC: a split decision loss to Carlos Condit in Ellenberger's UFC debut, and a knockout loss to Martin Kampmann last June. He has eight UFC wins, with four knockouts. In his most recent bout, Ellenberger knocked out Nate Marquardt in the first round.

"I was prepared. I was ready to fight. I always know the potential to capitalize on the opportunity finish a fight, and fortunately, that's what happened," Ellenberger told the Shoot in the above video.

This Saturday at UFC on Fox 8, he will have to face Rory MacDonald, a 24-year-old phenom with a record of 14-1. While Ellenberger is impressed with his opponent, he's not totally buying into the hype.

"Rory's a kid with a lot of potential. He's well-rounded.He's really not weak anywhere. To say he's the next [UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre]? I'd have to disagree with that a little. I think the media invented that because he trains with GSP."

If Ellenberger gets the win, it will be his third in a row, and would put him much closer to a title shot. What does he need to do Saturday to convince you he is a contender? Speak up on Facebook or Twitter.