Ellenberger: I do it for laughs (taunt MacDonald on Twitter)
As social media continues to evolve and fighters get more and more involved, it seems as though there is a trend to say what you want on Twitter without the need for an interview with a traditional or online media outlet. Jake Ellenberger has been particularly vocal on Twitter leading up to his UFC on FOX 8 with Rory MacDonald, but just to have fun:
Throughout his fight career, Ellenberger has never had much use for trash talk, but for some reason this time he opted to have some fun at MacDonald’s expense.
“I do it for laughs,” Ellenberger said about his Twitter rants aimed at MacDonald. “Anybody can take anything personal. You should see some of the things people tweet me. I die laughing. It’s hilarious. Any time you’re in the spotlight, you can’t take things personally. In truth, it makes the fight more intriguing, but at the end of the day we’re still going to fight, and he can try to beat me up for saying it.”
Part of it also came from the fact that Ellenberger believes that to this point in his UFC career, MacDonald has skated by on a healthy dose of fear and respect from his past opponents. Add to that a couple of lightweights posing as welterweights, and Ellenberger is certain that MacDonald’s status is more than just a little more bloated than what he’s actually earned to this point.
“They give this kid too much respect,” Ellenberger commented. “We’ve had a lot of common opponents. He’s fought good friends of mine. Mike Guymon, Mike Pyle. He beat a couple of 55’ers. I mean, come on. B.J. Penn walks around at 167 pounds. His days of calling out who he’s fighting is over. You think you’re a top echelon fighter, well guess what? You’re not going to call who you fight. You’re not going to call the shots. You fight who they tell you to fight and prove that you’re the best in the world.”