Jake Ellenberger interview: Not impressed with Hendricks, doesnt expect long reign



Jake Ellenberger on Johny Hendricks "I've just never really been impressed with Johny" doesn't see him as long term champion. On Tyron Woodley ". If I'm fighting a guy and he gets hurt in the fight, I mean I didn't beat him. I wouldn't feel good." Jake Ellenberger stopped by the latest episode of Submission Radio. Jake told the boys how he has never been impressed with Hendricks " I don't see him being champ, in six months to be honest. By the end of the year he won't be champ."
Jake also talks about his honest feeling about Tyron Woodley "If I'm fighting a guy and he gets hurt in the fight, I mean I didn't beat him. I wouldn't feel good. Sure he got hurt, but I didn't submit him, I didn't knock him out."
The interview highlights also included Jake discussing his dislike for The Ultimate Fighter "Unfortunately in my opinion it shines a bad light on the sport."
Other topics covered include Jake talking about the issues of fighting fighters using steroids, his thoughts on GSP, Robbie Lawler and his fight with Macdonald.
Full interview: http://bit.ly/1hoT99w (interview starts at the 2 minute mark)

The Johny Hendrick/Robbie Lawler fight and not being impressed with Johny Hendricks

"Just to be quite honest and be frank I've just never really been impressed with Johny. Sure he's had a lot of success in the sport of wrestling, so he's very mentally strong. But at the same point he's still developing as a fighter in my opinion. I thought Robbie (Lawler) you know, when Johny can't be the bully; typically with guys who fight in that sense if they can't be the bully it's hard for them to succeed."

 

"Going into the fight, yeah I thought Robbie had a shot at winning and it was a close fight. Like I said, I've had some great take-aways for myself at fighting Johny eventually after I beat Robbie."


Johny Hendricks as long-term Champion

"He looked great against Georges (St. Pierre). Definitely one of the guys that had more, a great fight against Georges."

 

"That was a great fight and people thought I was crazy because I did think Georges won three of the five rounds and it was a very close fight. At the same point, you know Johny deserves credit because he did have a fantastic performance against Georges. But I don't see, no I really don't (Hendricks being champ for long). There's a lot of talented fighters in this division. I don't see him being champ for, in six months to be honest. By the end of the year he won't be champ."


The Johny Hendrick/Robbie Lawler fight and not being impressed with Johny Hendricks

"Just to be quite honest and be frank I've just never really been impressed with Johny. Sure he's had a lot of success in the sport of wrestling, so he's very mentally strong. But at the same point he's still developing as a fighter in my opinion. I thought Robbie (Lawler) you know, when Johny can't be the bully; typically with guys who fight in that sense if they can't be the bully it's hard for them to succeed."

 

"Going into the fight, yeah I thought Robbie had a shot at winning and it was a close fight. Like I said, I've had some great take-aways for myself at fighting Johny eventually after I beat Robbie."


Johny Hendricks as long-term Champion

"He looked great against Georges (St. Pierre). Definitely one of the guys that had more, a great fight against Georges."

 

"That was a great fight and people thought I was crazy because I did think Georges won three of the five rounds and it was a very close fight. At the same point, you know Johny deserves credit because he did have a fantastic performance against Georges. But I don't see, no I really don't (Hendricks being champ for long). There's a lot of talented fighters in this division. I don't see him being champ for, in six months to be honest. By the end of the year he won't be champ."


Getting the next title shot and why Tyron's victory shouldn't earn him the next shot:

"I could care less about (Tryon) Woodley and the fight with Rory. They're both great guys, but I mean it's CRAZY how fast you know, things change, people's perspective change. It's like, you've got a guy like Woodley. I mean, Condit getting hurt that's disappointing, that stuff happens, but it's like, you can't give a title shot to a guy who's, you know. If I'm fighting a guy and he gets hurt in the fight, I mean I didn't beat him. I wouldn't feel good. Sure he got hurt, but I didn't submit him, I didn't knock him out."


How he matches up against Robbie Lawler:

"He's pretty straight forward. He moves forward, he's dangerous, he's powerful. What's gonna separate me is just being faster."

"I'm sparring guys who are unbelievable hitters you know, and they're much faster. I assure you they're professional boxers and a couple of 'em are world champs."

"Is there anything that stands out? No. All I know is I'm one hundred percent ready and couldn't be more focused. I'm looking to be first and finish. The first to start and the last to finish, so really just putting an exclamation point on this fight"


Difference between the Jake that fought against Rory Macdonald:

"Rory played it safe, he's a smart fighter. He kept the range. There's things that I can take away, sure."

"That's really the hardest thing to do in this sport, is make adjustments on the fly. You could be the best fighter in the world for one round, but If you can't do that for fifteen (minutes) it doesn't matter."

"I know Dana (White) and the UFC wasn't very happy with it, but at the same time you know, it takes two guys to fight. He fought a very smart fight."

"The fight was a dud."

"As far as now, I'm a completely different fighter."


On fighting guys who had reputations for being on steroids:

"Oh yeah. Yeah absolutely. I've fought guys who've been confirmed on things and I knew for a fact that they were on stuff."

"Here's my view, steroids or any other type of performance enhancer, it's not gonna any (more) mentally tougher. That's for sure, that's what I do know."

"Yeh I'm sure there is, I'm sure there are a lot of people that are on things. I know in the past there has been some guys that I have known that were on things, but it didn't change the outcome of the fight. It didn't change the way I fought 'em. It shouldn't change your psychological perspective on how you approach the fight."


On how he injured his Hamstring which kept him on the sidelines

"I was actually training at Kings in Huntington Beach."

"Funny enough I was showing a few guy some techniques with a takedown on obviously the wrong guy. The guy that I was showing this technique on, he was resisting me."

"I did it a couple of times and the last time that I did it, as I was doing it he turned into me, like resisting me and made me slip and kind of like when your muscles are very relaxed, when they tightened it created that static kind of flex on my muscles."

"It was one of those things that was really, really frustrating, but it was just one of those things that happens. (It was) one of the Brazilian guys that I wasn't very fond of, but we had some words, but you know you gotta be able to move forward and it is what it is."


On the way Edmond Traverdyan was painted in TUF 18 as a heel and TUF in general

"People have got to realize that this is a reality show. Take for example the accepting fighters into the ultimate fighter house. Like it has nothing, I mean a lot of it has nothing to do with your skill set, it's more of 'we wanna make a reality show'. Unfortunately in my opinion it shines a bad light on the sport."

 

"I wouldn't say completely, but it does. You know, you try to make this a legitimate sport that people from the outside that don't know anything about it can accept this and not become this you know, this isn't a human cockfight, if you will. There's certain things about the reality show that does not shine a good light on the sport"

 

"I completely agree with what TJ (Dillashaw) said (To Submission Radio 24/4/14). I was actually on the show with Mayhem (Miller) when Mayhem and (Michael) Bisping were coaches. I got to see a lot of how it worked and I've seen things. They're gonna record twenty four hours a day but as far as what they show it's whatever the producer wants."

 


GSP's second ACL injury and coming back:

"Obviously the older you get, the hard it is to keep competing and as competitive as this sport is getting, I mean it's just gonna be EXTREMELY tough for him to come back, but I know he wants to."

 

"What fascinates me is what really motivates him in the fight, I mean a guy like Georges who's had as much success as he's had and you know, it's not a financial reason. He's been the world champ so he must just really love to compete."

"A lot of times winning or losing the fight it's not really measured on what somebody did wrong more than what the other guy did right, so I think eventually you're gonna, you look at Anderson Silva, you're gonna get caught. This is the toughest sport in the world and to be honest to see Georges having succeeded and been at the top for as long as he was is quite amazing."


 

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