Dana White on Jake Ellenberger after UFC 173 loss to Robbie Lawler: 'He's got a lot of work to do'


UFC president Dana White did not have kind words for Jake Ellenberger following Ellenberger's third round TKO loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 173

On Saturday night, UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger was stopped in the third round of his fight by No. 1 ranked contender Robbie Lawler. The loss did little to change UFC president Dana White's opinion of Ellenberger.

Prior to the loss to Lawler (23-10-0-1), Ellenberger (29-8) dropped a unanimous decision to Rory MacDonald (16-2) at UFC on Fox 8. After that fight, White took to Fuel TV to lambast both MacDonald and Ellenberger - but mostly Ellenberger. "I thought Jake Ellenberger did nothing - literally nothing at all," said White of the July 2013 fight. "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."

The Fightmetric stats on that fight showed that Ellenberger landed five strikes in the first round and five more in the second stanza. Ellenberger did up his output in the third round of that bout, landing 17 strikes, but the effort left him taking only one round on a single judge's scorecard, the other two judges gave MacDonald the clean sweep.

In the lead up to Saturday's UFC 173 fight with Lawler, Ellenberger described that defeat as an "off night" and promised that he had made adjustments in his style.

Those changes were not apparent to White.

"Listen, there's guys that pull the triggers when it's time to step up, and there's guys who don't pull the trigger. This is two times where he was in the spotlight and had big opportunities and he didn't pull the trigger," the UFC president said of Ellenberger during the post-fight media scrum.

What stuck out for White about Ellenberger's fight on Saturday was how he fought in the third and final round. Heading into that round, Lawler had outstruck Ellenberger 49 to 24, but instead of ramping up his attack Ellenberger landed only six strikes in the third stanza before the stoppage. "When you're in a big fight like that, and you're down two rounds, you come out in that third round and you try and win," said White. "He didn't do that. He didn't do it in the MacDonald fight either."

White's final assessment of Ellenberger, the man that entered UFC 173 as the No. 5 ranked UFC 170-pounder was blunt, "He's got a lot of work to do."

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 26 days ago
  • 592 views

So you’re head of the world’s largest MMA promotion, and 24 hours before a major event on network television, you learn that one of your headliners won’t fight because his opponent failed to make wei read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 90 views

Dana White said before Saturday night's main event between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown that he would walk back to Las Vegas if the thing went to a decision. Guess what? It's 516 miles from San Jose' read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 263 views

Despite his promise before the fight, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White will not be walking back to Las Vegas, Nevada, after Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown went all five rounds read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 911 views

Gotcha! Score one for "Ruthless." Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was about two seconds away from losing his shit on Friday night (July 25, 2014) after the conclusion of the read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 42 views

Watch the UFC on Fox 12 post-fight press conference in its entirety. The press conference featured UFC president Dana White, the main event fighters as well as other notable winners from the fight ca read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 49 views

And Dana White wouldn't trade places with Johny Hendricks for all the beans in Boston. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight kingpin Johny Hendricks is slowly but surely making his way ba read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 33 views

Last week, UFC president Dana White hinted that significant news about the potential fighting future of pioneering women's MMA star Gina Carano could come down this week. Well, it's already been a ba read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 26 views

SAN JOSE, Calif. - UFC president Dana White didn't stick around for one of his traditional post-fight scrums on Saturday night UFC on FOX 12, leaving during the middle of the press conference at the read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 52 views

Matt Brown went all in against Robbie Lawler at UFC on Fox 12 on Saturday, so much so that he wound up being transported to the hospital following the main event. read news >>