“UFC on FUEL TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger” took place Wednesday inside Omaha Civic Auditorium in Nebraska. A thrilling welterweight shootout between Jake Ellenberger (Pictured) and Diego Sanchez headlined the freebie fight card.
After losing the opening two rounds, Sanchez nearly rallied to steal the scrap in the final minute. Unfortunately for “The Dream,” it was too little too late and he left Omaha with a unanimous decision defeat.
Speaking of comebacks, Stefan Struve shook off a slow start to knockout Dave Herman in the 2ndRound of their heavyweight affair.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Tim Means Defeated Bernardo Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Justin Salas Defeated Anton Kuivanen via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
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
Ivan Menjivar Defeated John Albert via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:45 in the 1stRound
TJ Dillashaw Defeated Walel Watson via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
Ronny Markes Defeated Aaron Simpson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Stefan Struve Defeated Dave Herman via TKO (Punches) at 3:52 in the 2ndRound
Jake Ellenberger Defeated Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Fight of the Night:
Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez ($50,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Ivan Menjivar ($50,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Stipe Miocic ($50,000)
Post-Fight Press Conference Notes:
UFC president Dana White was pissed at himself that Sanchez vs. Ellenberger was only scheduled for rounds. ALL MAIN EVENTS WILL BE FIVE ROUND AFFAIRS FROM NOW ON!
He said interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit won’t take another fight and will wait for champion Georges St-Pierre to return from injury.
Sanchez stated he’s open to dropping back to lightweight because he has to lift a lot of weights to fight at 170.
White claims a star was born on Wednesday night, and his name is Jake Ellenberger.
Sanchez doesn’t regret revealing he had injured his ankle.
He claims Ellenberger is better than GSP, particularly his chin.
White said Ellenberger could face Josh Koscheck vs. Jonny Hendricks winner next.
Ellenberger admitted that if he were Condit, he’d wait for GSP, too.
He wants to fight again by this summer.