Jake Ellenberger Is Treating His Fight With Robbie Lawler Like A Title Fight
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.22.2014
He has to find a way to win...
In an interview with USA Today, Jake Ellenberger (29-7 MMA, 8-3 UFC) said he is treating his UFC 173 welterweight fight with Robbie Lawler (22-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC) as a title fight.
On the variables of a fight: "The nature of our sport, there's so many variables. The better man doesn't always win. The more prepared man doesn't always win. There are all these variables that people don't see. Especially when you have a division where everyone is separated by such a slim margin, discipline makes all the difference."
On the difference between his win over Nate Marquardt and loss to Rory MacDonald: "When I fight a guy like Nate Marquardt, who is big and scary and can really hurt you, I feel like that brings the best out of me. When I fight a guy like Rory, I might have been too relaxed in my mind-set because, hey, it's not like he's really going to hurt me. I think the best comes out in me when I have more fear, more to worry about."
On how he's treating his fight with Lawler: "In my mind, this is my world title fight. This is my title fight, because everyone in the top eight of this division, they're fantastic. This division is so solid and packed with talent, and I have to find a way to win on Saturday to be considered for that title."