(MacDonald shifts around some of BJ Penn’s organs during his most recent appearance at UFC on FOX 5 in December. / Photo via Getty Images)
In the wake of Rory MacDonald‘s UFC 158 injury withdrawal and all the hype surrounding that card’s remaining welterweights, the trenchcoat-wearing sociopath temporarily became a forgotten man in the 170-pound division. Fortunately, “Ares” will be back this summer to continue his rise to the top. The UFC has confirmed that MacDonald will face Jake Ellenberger at UFC on Fox 8, July 27th at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.
While MacDonald is riding a four-fight win streak dating back to his domination of Nate Diaz at UFC 129 in April 2011, Ellenberger is coming off his nasty knockout of Nate Marquardt at UFC 158, which upped his Octagon record to 8-2. With previous UFC wins over Jay Hieron, Diego Sanchez, Jake Shields, and Mike Pyle, Ellenberger has become one of the most accomplished fighters in the division, and this fight could go a long way to secure the future title prospects of the winner.
The only other match booked for UFC on FOX 8 is Mac Danzig vs. Melvin Guillard; a main event has yet to be announced. So will MacDonald look sharp in his return fight, or will Ellenberger wear his teeth as a necklace?