UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger

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What a great night of fights on a Thursday afternoon! Six great fights over three hours for free, what more could you ask for?

Bantamweight fight: Ivan Menjivar vs. John Albert

"The Pride of El Salvador" Menjivar, a veteran of the octagon having tallied up fights against GSP, Urijah Faber and many others came into tonight's fight on the back of three wins opposing John "Prince" Albert, who's most recent victory was at the most recent series finale of the Ultimate Fighter.

And what a way to start with tons of back and forth action between the pair, probably the most I've seen for a while. Both landed some serious punches and caused damage with Albert getting the best of it in the early going.

Albert landed a serious head-kick and rushed to finish the fight but to Menjivar's credit he withstood the massive onslaught and was able to turn Albert over and lock in the rear naked choke and earn "Submission of the Night" honours in doing so, for a victory in Round 1.

Winner: Ivan "The Pride of El Salvador" Menjivar via rear-naked choke at 3:45 of round 1


Bantamweight fight: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson

This was three rounds pretty much of T.J. Dillashaw unleashing all kinds of venom on Walel Watson who must of regretted immediately turning up to fight today. To give him credit though Watson was able to withstand countless submission attempts and PLENTY of headstrikes.

Winner: T.J. Dillashaw via unanimous decision (30–25, 30–25, 30–26)


Heavyweight bout: Stipe Miocic vs. Philip De Fries

Stipe Micic earned himself some respect in the heavyweight division after absorbing some early heavy blows, ending the fight with a devestating right hand, flooring De Fries of England in just 43 seconds. Some of the press I've read compares Miocic to a young Cro Cop and that's high praise for a heavyweight fighter with a bright future. Miocic also won "KO of the Night".

Winner: Stipe Miocic via KO (punches) at 0:43 of round 1


Middleweight bout: Aaron Simpson vs. Ronny Markes

Another fight that went all the way with lots of back and forth action including an amazing uppercut by Simpson (which suprisingly didn't stop the fight) with Markes being awarded the win via split decision in a very close fight. In my opinion, Markes was the deserving winner despite Simpson having some great moments in the cage.

Winner: Markes via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)


Heavyweight bout: Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman

Another battle of the heavyweights. Stefan "Skycraper" Struve of the Netherlands versus Dave "Pee-Wee" Herman who is absolutely covered head to toe in hair. A comment by the call team that Herman was the first fighter wearing a shirt (brown, of course) fighting in the octagon brought the lulz. The pair fought a pretty even first round, feeling it out in the early going. The towering, six-foot-eleven Struve looked the better fighter in the second round, scoring a couple of takedowns the second of which resulting in a ref stoppage due to Struve unloading a barrage of strikes to Herman who despite being unhappy with the stoppage looked pretty helpless and was unable to escape the relentless blows.

Winner: Stefan Struve via TKO (punches) at 3:52 of round 2.

Welterweight bout: Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger

A much anticipated bout and the headliner of the evening. Ellenberger a native of Omaha, Nebraska (concidentally the location of this event) fighting Diego "The Dream" Sanchez who looked possessed and a little kooky walking out to the octagon bearing a crucifix like he was ready to exorcise some demons or something.

Ellenberger to the delight of his home crowd had the best of the action in the first two rounds landing some unbelievable strikes and elbows but to Sanchez's credit he kept getting back up and never gave in.

Round three is mostly all Sanchez. Not sure where this fighter was the first two rounds but he was in complete control of the third round almost ending it with a minute to go, locking in a submission manoeuvre which Ellenberger finally escaped to massive cheers, ending the fight. What a great fight and a deserving "Fight of the Night" winner.

Winner: Ellenberger via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)

What a great night of fights this turned out to be! A lot can be said about the UFC always putting fights on that the fans want to see and mostly they deliver. It sure did today.

A lot to look forward to especially UFC 144 in ten days time where Frankie "The Answer" Edgar will defend the Lightweight Championship against promising up-and-comer Benson Henderson with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Ryan Bader also on the stacked card.

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Re: UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger

Just watched this myself. Was a shame that the final fight didn't go for 5 rounds like it was supposed to. With Diego finishing so strong I reckon the fourth and fifth would have been epic.

It's so good having Live, HD UFC fights in Australia FOR FREE!

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Re: UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger

Agreed on both points. Sanchez looked like he was finally warming up and Ellenberger was really lucky to survive at the end there.

Hell yeah! OneHD has been my saviour this year! So many awesome free fights already and hopefully plenty more to come Smile