“UFC on FUEL TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger” took place Wednesday night inside Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska.
A pivotal welterweight shootout between Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez headlined tonight’s show. Heavyweights Stefan Struve and Dave Herman served as the card’s co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Tim Means Defeated Bernardo Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
1stRound: Means’ length is really bothering the Brazilian. He nails Magalhaes with a big knee to the grill. Means drops him with another knee and pounces. He attempts a D’arce choke, but his opponent manages to get free. Means, 10-9.
2ndRound: Means is unleashing combinations, while Magalhaes is throwing single shots. Magalhaes goes for a takedown, but gets tagged with short elbows for his efforts. Magalhaes’ face is bloodied. Means is now using leg kicks, which is making things even more difficult to close the distance. Means, 10-9.
3rdRound: Magalhaes is appears adamant to take this scrap to the mat, though he can’t secure one. He now goes for a single-leg takedown attempt and Means stuffs it while unloading several elbows to the side of the head. Means, 10-9, and glides to an easy 30-27 win.
Justin Salas Defeated Anton Kuivanen via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Salas has been thwarted on several takedown attempts already. Both lightweights came to fight. Salas finally plants Kuivanen on his back. He’s standing over him and is looking to drop a bomb. Kuivanen gets to his feet without suffering any damage. Salas is really attacking his opponent’s lead leg with kicks. He secures another takedown just before the horn blares. Salas, 10-9.
2ndRound: Kuivanen takes the center of the cage and continues his kicking attack. Salas scores with a right hook. Kuivanen eats a kick to the body. Salas tries to get another takedown at the end of the frame. Close round to score. Salas, 10-9.
3rdRound: Salas comes out with a great sense of urgency and lands a powerful double-leg takedown. Kuivanen almost locked in a heel hook, but Salas scrambled free. Salas clocks his grounded foe with a big left. Kuivanen connects on two straight lefts and a knee to the midsection, but gets slammed to the ground of his troubles. Salas, 10-9 and sweeps the scorecards, 30-27.
Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts
The bout has been cancelled after Loeffler injured his ankle during warmups. Both fighters received their ‘show purse,’ while Roberts was also paid his ‘win bonus.’
Jonathan Brookins Defeated Vagner Rocha via KO (Punches) at 1:32 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Rocha gets a body lock, but Brookins lands in top position and brings the pain. Rocha is unconscious. That was interesting.
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Ivan Menjivar Defeated John Albert via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:45 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Menjivar attempts a spinning back fist and inadvertently takes Albert down in the process. Albert tries a triangle, then an omoplata to no avail. Albert fights to his feet and appears to stun his opponent with a head kick. He’s unloading several big shots, including knees in the clinch. Menjivar was in trouble, but survived the onslaught. Albert goes for a standing guillotine, though Menjivar ends up in top position and now transitions to his back. He locks in a rear-naked choke and Albert is forced to cry uncle. Great back-and-forth action.
TJ Dillashaw Defeated Walel Watson via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
1stRound: Dillashaw just misses on a Superman punch, but immediately goes for a single-leg takedown. He gets a hold of a double-leg and slams him to the mat for a brief second. Dillashaw picks him up again and plants him on the ground. He moves to Watson’s back and tries for a rear-naked choke. Dillashaw is simply smothering him. He goes for another RNC. Dillashaw, 10-9.
2ndRound: Dillashaw clocks him with a right hand. He gets Watson down within 30 seconds and moves to side control. After a scramble he advances to full-mount and is laying the lumber. Dillashaw takes his back. Watson avoids another rear-naked choke. Dillashaw, 10-9. I couldn’t argue if either of the rounds were scored 10-8.
3rdRound: Dillashaw was a little careless with his shot and almost got caught in a guillotine choke. Once again, he’s a tad reckless and nearly found himself in a triangle choke. Now an armbar. Watson transitions to a calf slicer. Dillashaw wiggles free and is in top position. Dillashaw, 10-9 and wins the contest, 30-27.
Stipe Miocic Defeated Philip de Fries via KO (Punches) at :43 in the 1stRound
1stRound: De Fries rocks him with two overhand rights. Miocic answers with several right bombs of his own. De Fries drops like a sack of potatoes and Miocic goes in for the kill. Game. Set. Match, Miocic.
Ronny Markes Defeated Aaron Simpson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Markes comes out like a house on fire and nails him with a couple of heavy rights. Simpson manages to stuff a takedown attempt. Simpson floors him with an uppercut and pounces. He’s unloading some short elbows. It appears Markes has regained his senses. Simpson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Markes is starting to light up Simpson’s lead leg. Markes has him clinched against the cage, now Simpson reverses. Markes trips him to the mat. Nothing too damaging landed by either middleweight. Markes, 10-9.
3rdRound: Simpson scores on a right hand. Markes counters with a right of his own. Simpson lands a combination to the body. Markes has him clinched against the fence. Simpson connects on an uppercut, but eats a knee to the face in return. Simpson slips after throwing a right and Markes takes his back. Markes takes him down just before the final horn. That might have won him a close round/fight. Markes, 10-9 and wins a close decision, 29-28.
Stefan Struve Defeated Dave Herman via TKO (Punches) at 3:52 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Struve just misses with a head kick. Herman doesn’t with a one-two combination to the face. Herman clocks him with another combo. Struve scores with a right hand, but eats one in return. Interesting that Struve isn’t using his jab to capitalize on his significant reach advantage. Herman, 10-9.
2ndRound: Struve gets a takedown and ends up in full mount. However, he didn’t connect on too much ground-and-pound. They are back to their feet. Struve tags him with a solid right hand. Struve drops hims with an uppercut and dives in for the finish. He’s in full mount and is laying the lumber. It’s a wrap.
Jake Ellenberger Defeated Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Dan Miragliotta is the third man inside the Octagon. Both come out firing, nothing too devastating has landed. Ellenberger scores with a solid right hand. Sanchez forges ahead with a flurry, but it was tough to tell what landed. Ellenberger floors him with a counter one-two combo, though Diego gets back up. Ellenberger clips him on the nose right before the bell. His beak might be broken. Ellenberger, 10-9.
2ndRound: Ellenberger counters with a left hook. Diego’s face is getting busted up. Sanchez clocks him with a right hook. He’s a little too overzealous with his attack and Ellenberger plants him on his back. Ellenberger nails him with a three big elbows. Ellenberger, 10-9.
3rdRound: Ellenberger wobbles him with an overhand left. Sanchez is starting to connect, but Ellenberger easily picks him up and plants him on his back. Sanchez scrambles and takes his back. He’s dropping big shots. What a rally! He had about a minute finish the scrap, but it appears to be too little too late. Ellenberger slips out the backdoor and gets to his feet. They are swinging for the fences as the horn blares. Sanchez, 10-9, but Ellenberger wins the bout, 29-28.