Jake Ellenberger Talks UFC 158 Changes, Wanting to Finish Nate Marquardt
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.11.2013
See what he has to say…
- Jake Ellenberger recently spoke about his UFC 158 bout with Nate Marquardt. Here are the highlights...
On Hendricks Changing Opponents: "To shoot it straight, he took a better stylistic fight. And he could just come out and say that and it wouldn't be that big of a deal. He just likes to word it differently, like, 'Oh, it was my manager – it was his idea.' Well, that's not really how the business works. You're the CEO of your company and the decision's always up to you at the end of the day. It is what it is, but that's done and over with."
On Dealing With The Change of Opponent: "It might have taken a couple days to process it, but it really wasn't big as far as training," Ellenberger said. "My mindset hasn't changed a lot. Nate's probably a little easier to prepare for, being an orthodox fighter. You can't really think too much into it. These things happen. The unpredictable part is pretty common. It's not the first time it's happened. I just have to stay focused on my training and change a little bit up strategy-wise."
On Winning and Finishing: "That's always been important to me and something I've been trying to really do, really having that sense of urgency," he said. "I think anybody who's watching the fight, you can tell if you have a sense of urgency if you're just trying to win a round, or if you're trying to finish a fight. That's something I've been focused on to really put a stamp on the fight. Priority No. 1 is to win fights and to finish them, whatever it takes. Working toward that title fight, you've got to make a statement."