jake-ellenberger-22.jpgA bout between top-shelf welterweights Rory MacDonald (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Jake Ellenberger (29-6 MMA, 8-2 UFC) should further shrink the ranks of title contenders.

Canada-based newspaper The Province today passed along word of the matchup, which is set for UFC on FOX 8 on July 27 at Seattle’s KeyArena, and UFC officials confirmed it.

Although the fight’s position on the summer card isn’t set, it’s expected to serve on the event’s FOX-televised main-card, which follows prelims on FX and Facebook.

MacDonald returns to action on the heels of a neck and back strain which forced his removal from this past month’s UFC 158 and scratched a rematch with Carlos Condit. According to several reports, the welterweight prospect re-injured himself, which pushed back his timetable for recovery. It appears, however, that not only has the Condit fight taken a back seat, but he’ll be fight to fight this summer.

MacDonald’s trainer, Firas Zahabi, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was trying to get his fighter to train smarter and not harder.

“He’s too aggressive,” Zahabi said. “I really try to hold the reigns. I tell him, ‘OK Rory, we’re going to do less today,’ and we always end up doing more. Emotions get in the way, and he wants to spar more.”

Still, whatever the 23-year-old is doing, it’s working. MacDonald has won his past four inside the octagon.  

Ellenberger, meanwhile, is enjoying back-to-back wins. He was set to fight No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks at UFC 158 before MacDonald’s injury shuffled the card, and he was rebooked to fight Nate Marquardt. In a quick drubbing, he knocked out the ex-Strikeforce champ in three minutes and secured a “Knockout of the Night” bonus.

For the latest on UFC on FOX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Jake Ellenberger)

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

Related News

Henrique da Silva vs. Johnson, Caceres vs. Knight added to UFC on FOX 23

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC on FOX 23’s fight card is quickly filling with the addition of two new bouts.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC on FOX 23 loses Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares, adds Alessio Di Chirico vs. Eric Spicely

  • 11 days ago
  • 3 views

A fight between UFC welterweights Hector Lombard and Brad Tavares has been scratched from UFC on FOX 23.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Hometown favorite Manuwa set to face Anderson in London

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC® have added four more explosive bouts to the card set for The O2 in London on Saturday, March 18. Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON will go on general sale on Friday, January 27 and are read news >>

Citing need for family time, UFC Fight Pass executive Eric Winter leaves UFC

  • a day ago
  • 17 views

Eric Winter joined the UFC in July 2015 to spearhead the promotion’s online digital network. Now, he’s departing the company to spend more time with his family.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Video: Watch UFC on FOX 23 headliner Valentina Shevchenko's full 2015 bout with Sarah Kaufman

  • 3 days ago
  • 4 views

Valentina Shevchenko could be fighting for a title shot later this month at UFC on FOX 23. Ahead of that bout, check out her first UFC fight.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Watch Valentina Shevchenko Defeat Sarah Kaufman (UFC Denver Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 3 days ago
  • 17 views

Before she takes on Juliana Pena at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver, check out Valentina Shevchenko's win over Sarah Kaufman. read news >>

Four Bouts Announced for UFC London | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 12 views

UFC has added four more explosive bouts to the card set for The O2 in London. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 103 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC on Fox 23

  • 5 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC Fight Night 103 is in the books. The results are as follows, via Bleacher Report's Craig Amos: Main Card on Fox Sports 1 Yair Rodriguez def. BJ Penn, TKO (Round 2, 0:24) Joe Lauzon def. Marcin He read news >>

Newcomer Jeremy Kimball gets late-notice fight at UFC on FOX 23

  • 12 hours ago
  • 10 views

Former Bellator fighter and Colorado native Jeremy Kimball has scored a spot on next week’s UFC lineup in Denver.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson Announced for UFC 209

  • 9 days ago
  • 20 views

The UFC added another fight to the UFC 209 card, announcing Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson have agreed in principle to fight on March 4. "It’s happening," UFC President Dana White said Thursda read news >>