Hendricks explained when speaking to Bleacher Report on Wednesday that Condit was the more enticing challenge because he was fresh off a title fight and had held the interim belt for nine months, while Ellenberger was "just another fight" to hold his position in the welterweight title race.
Needless to say, Jake Ellenberger was none too happy with that statement.
"I'm offended that Johny Hendricks called Dana to ask him to fight Condit. I'm going to choose my words carefully here, but I think that he wanted a less dangerous fight in my opinion," Ellenberger told Bleacher Report late on Wednesday evening. "We're going to fight because I know I can beat him, and I have him figured out. It offends me that he did that."
Ellenberger is well aware how the fight game works. Just like chess it's really about maneuvering pieces around the board and then striking at the exact right time. In this case, however, Ellenberger believes that Hendricks just had no desire to face him because he knew he was going to get beat.
"I know how the game works and I know how he's trying to position the way people are looking at the scenario. He didn't want to fight me and that's a fact," said Ellenberger. "So however he wants to word it, Carlos is a great fighter, one of the best in the division, I don't disagree there, but I would still say and he would probably say the same thing that it's a less dangerous fight. Is Carlos going to knock him out? I don't think so."
Johny Hendricks has charged through the welterweight division over the last year and a half picking up wins over notable names like Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Martin Kampmann. Looking at Hendricks' record, Ellenberger takes nothing away from the opponents that Hendricks has faced but still believes he's skating by on thin ice.
"Johny's kind of had the perfect storm. He's put together a lot of wins over great fighters, he's won some really close fights as well that could have gone either way. I heard Joe Silva tell Mike Pierce he got screwed (when he fought Hendricks), I've heard things like that and things that I've seen. He's had the perfect storm and he's in position to fight for the title," said Ellenberger.