The ambiguity surrounding how many rounds UFC main events are has officially become a thing of the past. UFC president Dana White (Pictured) was so upset with himself that Wednesday night’s featured attraction on FUEL TV between Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger only lasted three stanzas that he promised the last fight on each event moving forward will be five round affairs.
“Already thought and done,” White stated at the post-fight press conference of changing his policy. “I’m actually pissed at myself about it.
“We blew it tonight. It should have been a five-round fight.”
White wasn’t the only one who felt that way. Although Ellenberger took the opening two frames rather handily, Sanchez nearly staged a late rally and had “The Juggernaut” bloodied and battered before the final horn blared.
“I thought main events were gonna be five [rounds], baby. I’m ready for some more,” Sanchez said after hearing he had lost a unanimous decision.
Under the UFC’s prior rules, only championship bouts were allowed to go five rounds. All other contests took place within a three round window.
This past June, White initially professed they would change their policy and allow all of their main events to last up to five rounds. However, after inking their blockbuster deal with FOX, it appeared only title fights, pay-per-view and FOX main events would receive the five round treatment, while non-title featured fights on FX and FUEL TV were still of the three round variety.
Are you ready for the asterisk? With bout agreements already signed, the “UFC on FX 2” headliner between Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann and the Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Alexander Gustafsson featured contest for “UFC on FUEL TV 2” will remain three round shootouts.