OMAHA, Neb. – “UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger” takes place this evening at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb., and features the original Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez taking on top five ranked welterweight Jake Ellenberger in the main event.
ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary starting with the preliminary card which airs LIVE on Facebook at 5:20 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT local time) and continuing with the main card which airs LIVE on Fuel TV starting at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).
UFC on Fuel TV 1 quick results:
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV)
- Jake Ellenberger def. Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Stefan Struve def. Dave Herman by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (3:52)
- Ronny Markes def. Aaron Simpson by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Stipe Miocic def. Philip De Fries by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (:43)
- TJ Dillashaw def. Walel Watson by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
- Ivan Menjivar def. John Albert by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (3:45)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Jonathan Brookins def. Vagner Rocha by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (1:32)
Sean Loeffler (185) vs. Buddy Roberts (184)Cancelled due to Loeffler ankle injury
- Justin Salas def. Anton Kuivanen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
- Tim Means def. Bernardo Magalhaes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
UFC on Fuel TV 1 play-by-play:
(155) Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Tim Means
Round 1 – Leg kick from both guys, Means with the counter. Jab from Means, one two. Leg kick inside from Magalhaes followed by an overhand right. Means swings a double and misses. Leg kick from Magalhaes. He tries to clinch with Means, gets pushed back. Means chasing. Magalhaes shoots, eats a knee on the way up. Means stalking, grabs a collar tie and lands some nice knees and uppercuts. Knee to the face from Means. Another knee scores for Means to the face. Overhand right from Magalhaes stuns Means, reacts with a smile. Under two minutes to go. Means hunting. Means drops him with another knee to the jaw. Means attacks on the ground, they scramble and Magalhaes is back to the feet. Collar tie and several knees from Means, jab, hunting. Overhand right from Magalhaes misses. Seven inch reach advantage from Means paying dividends. Big leg kick from Means. Jumping knee and a round kick from Means. PMN scores the round 10-9 for “The Dirty Bird”.
Round 2 – Left hook from Magalhaes as Means stalks. Leg kick from Magalhaes as Means throws a one two. Hunting. One two. Overhand right from Magalhaes, then a left of the same. Jab from Means, one two. Jab, jab. Overhand right from Magalhaes, another, a left. He shoots, stuffed. Means counters with a knee and an elbow. Magalhaes with another overhand right glances. Body shot from Means backs Magalhaes up. Walking him down, Means throws his hands up a la Diaz. One two from Means. Body shot. Jab. Collar tie and a knee from Means. Lets it go. One minute to go in round two. Overhand right from Magalhaes. Misses with a big left hook. One two from Means knocks Magalhaes’ head back. Front kick from Means scores. Nice left hook to the body and Magalhaes goes down. Beautiful liver shot. Ref lets him up after Means backs off. PMN scores it 10-9 Means.
Round 3 – Magalhaes shoots for a single after exchanging some punches. Stuffed. Means stalking, jab, Magalhaes shoots for a double and Means pulls out of it. Magalhaes misses a couple overhand rights and shoots again, picks up a single, trips the back leg and Means touches the ground but walks right out of it and back to his feet as he slips Magalhaes’ grasp. Magalhaes throws the overhand right again, gets countered, Magalhaes shoots, stuffed and Means lands a big elbow and several punches. Magalhaes is bleeding above his nose. Ref makes Magalhaes get up. He shakes his head no but gets up anyway. Means hunting with strikes again. Knee to the face. Overhand right from Magalhaes for the 100th time, again. Another knee from Means rocks Magalhaes. PMN scores it 10-9 and 30-27 for Tim Means.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tim Means def. Bernardo Magalhaes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) Rd 3 (5:00)
(155) Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas
Round 1 – Kuivanen stalking, right hook from Salas misses. Salas shoots, stuffed, knee on the break from Kuivanen. One two from Salas. Trevor Wittman giving instruction to Salas. Kuivanen lands a right that backs Salas up. Salas blocks a head kick. Again. Salas tries to clinch up and Kuivanen pushes him off. Salas shoots, stuffed. Salas with a right hook to the head after faking to the body. Nice right counter from Salas stuns Kuivanen. Salas shoots, drives through and puts Kuivanen on his back.Kuivanen using up kicks to fend off Salas. Salas dives in with a right, misses, and Kuivanen gets to his feet. Leg kick from Salas stumbles Kuivanen. Nice right counter from Kuivanen on the chin. One two from Salas. Leg kick from Salas, he blocks a high kick. Leg kick Salas. Nice kick to the chest from Kuivanen. Right hook from Salas, body kick from Salas. Kuivanen throws one in return, Salas catches it and uses it for the takedown as the bell sounds. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Salas.
Round 2 – No touch of gloves. Salas with a right hand, backs him up with a one two three. Leg kick, counter right from Kuivanen. Salas ducks a right, shoots, presses Kuivanen to cage. He backs out after a brief clinch. Salas shoots, stuffed. Overhand right misses from Salas. Misses a left to the body and misses a front kick. Kuivanen with a Superman type punch misses. Nice straight left from Salas. Double jab from Salas scores. Right to the chest from Kuivanen. Salas shoots for a single, stuffed, pushes Kuivanen to the cage, lands a knee. Clinch, sweeps Kuivanen to the ground but he pops right up. Salas slips to the ground but is back up. Leg kick from Salas. Right hand from Salas scores. Kuivanen’s nose leaking. Salas shoots, pushes Kuivanen to the cage, stopped. Exits with a nice right to the side of the head. PMN scores it 10-9 Salas.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Nice left kick to the body from Salas. Salas shoots, puts Kuivanen on his back. Salas postures up and lands a couple nice punches. Kuivanen goes for a heel hook. Salas spins out, lays on top in half guard. Stands up with a couple big rights that miss due to Kuivanen defending with his legs. Big left from Salas scores though as he dives in. Kuivanen gets to his knees and feet and his nose is busted up. Right hand from Kuivanen scores, inside leg kick scores. Salas shoots, pushes Kuivanen to the cage. Short elbow from Salas, he backs out. For some reason commentators Kenny Florian and Jon Anik keep saying this fight is close. I don’t see that at all. Salas is winning both rounds and this round convincingly in my opinion. Big body slam from Salas. Hovers with a big right that scores and a knee to the body as Kuivanen gets to his feet. PMN scores it 10-9 and 30-27 for Salas.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Justin Salas def. Anton Kuivanen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
(185) Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts
Round 1 – Bad news. Sean Loeffler and Buddy Roberts’ UFC debut will have to wait. Loeffler, a 30-fight veteran suffered an ankle injury sometime earlier this evening while warming up. I spoke to Sean on Monday and this was a huge moment in his career. It’s been a long time coming and for this to happen has to be incredibly heartbreaking. You can read that interview here. See photo of Loeffler’s ankle.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Bout cancelled.
(145) Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Right from Rocha and a right body kick to follow. Side kick from Brookins, body shot. Right from Rocha on the chin. Leg kick from Brookins, Rocha returns it. Couple of glancing punches and a body kick from Rocha. Brief clinch, right hook from Brookins. Side kick, Rocha shoots, ends up on his back, goes for a heall and Brookins knocks him out with a couple of big right hands. Big win for Mr. Brookins.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jonathan Brookins def. Vagner Rocha by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (1:32)
(135) John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar
Round 1 – Albert part of Dennis Hallman’s “Cowboy Karate” camp. Leg kick from Albert. Overhand right from Menjivar. Front kick. Body kick from Albert. Lands a one two, knee, throws a high kick, blocked. Underhooks and lands a couple knees. Menjivar checks a leg kick. Menjivar gets a body lock and puts Albert down on his back, now inside his full guard. Albert throws up his legs, transitions to an omoplata. Menjivar counters and lands some nice hammerfists. Albert goes for an armbar and switches to a heel hook as Menjivar goes for his own leg lock. They scramble, body kick from Menjivar as Albert gets to his feet. Albert fires back and hurts Menjivar with a knee, he almost finishes Menjivar. It could have been stopped. But Menjivar survives. Albert ends up jumping into a guillotine attempt but Menjivar slips out now ends up on top with the advantage. Albert gives up his back and Menjivar chokes him out. Fight of the Night so far and one of the best of the year so far!! Awesome comeback by Menjivar who came very close to getting finished. A tactical mistake by Albert going for and losing that guillotine cost him the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ivan Menjivar def. John Albert by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (3:45)
(135) T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson
Round 1 – Superman punch followed by a single leg takedown attempt from TJ. Walel hops around in defense. TJ finally picks him up for the slam but like a rubber ball Watson bounces up. Watson bounces back up and gets slammed again. Sounds like a pro wrestling canvas slam. Walel with long wiry legs. Nice right hand on the jaw by TJ. Walel scrambles to his feet and TJ takes his back with both hooks in, lands some nice punches to the side of the head and locks on a rear naked choke but looks to be on top of the chin. Lets it go. Nice solid elbow from TJ as Walel leaves himself wide open. TJ gets his back again, this time the arm is under the chin, Walel rolls and now TJ is full mounted on Walel. Elbow from TJ with 1:30 to go. TJ locks on another choke but can’t get his arm under the chin. Walel in pure defense mode. Thirty seconds to go. Back to full mount as Walel rolls, now gives up his back again and looks like he will survive the round. He keeps saying “I’m good” to the ref and he survives. PMN scores round 1 10-8 for TJ Dillashaw.
Round 2 – Nice big right by TJ. Walel tells him to come on, misses a kick. Another right by TJ and he takes Watson down. Walel throws his legs up already looking for something. TJ puts a knee in his ribs from side mount and now in half guard. Elbow and punches from TJ. Another elbow, another elbow, elbow to the body, to the face with this measured and controlled attack. TJ posutres up. Watson gives up his back, rolls and now is fully mounted. TJ rains down punches and elbows. Watson just covering up now, gives up his back again. Elbows and punches continue to rain down. This fight could have been stopped and would have by many refs already. TJ going for another choke but no dice as Watson prevents it but TJ goes back to a methodical domination and embarrassing beatdown as Watson flails. TJ rains down more punches with 25 seconds left. Big big shots from Dillashaw, a complete beatdown. PMN scores the round 10-7 for Dillashaw.
Round 3 – I can’t recall the last 10-7 I gave, but basically it means the fight should have been stopped. Touch gloves. Jumping kick from Watson misses. Leg kick from TJ. Right hand from TJ. Wheel kick misses from Watson. TJ shoots. Watson goes for a guillotine but TJ gets out and moves to side mount. Watson makes it back to his feet. He looks okay which is crazy surprising. I still feel it could and probably should have been stopped last round but this is a very experienced ref and he can obviously see the fight better than anyone. Watson jumps into a flying triangle. TJ in a bad position for just a second but he escapes. Watson goes for a leg, transitions to a heel hook, then a calf slicer and TJ is out of danger with just over a minute to go. TJ inside full guard. Watson gives up his back. TJ puts one arm under the chin but Watson doesn’t allow him to lock on the second hand. TJ gets full mount and rains down huge elbows as time runs out. Watson gets up quickly and both guys throw their arms up and down in effect telling the crowd to cheer. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-25.
OFFICIAL RESULT: TJ Dillashaw def. Walel Watson by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26) Rd 3 (5:00)
(HW) Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic
Round 1 – De Fries rocks Miocic with a couple nice punches. Miocic fires back and hurts De Fries. He goes down and Miocic finishes him off. Started with a right counter on the chin that sent De Fries into retreat, he went down covered up and then got put out with a final sequence. Both guys were undefeated coming in but Miocic’s chin withstood the initial shots and he was able to come back.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Stipe Miocic def. Philip De Fries by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (:43)
(185) Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson
Round 1 – Jim Axtell is the ref. Touch of gloves. Markes’s debut at middleweight. He tags Simpson with a couple punches and shoots. Simpson stops it and his back is go the cage. Markes with a body lock, over under. They wrestle for position. Ref separates them to the center. Simpson listens to his corner and moves laterally, misses a big overhand right. Leg kick from Markes, again. Simpson misses one. Markes looks much bigger. Simpson gets countered with a couple punches. Couple nice leg kicks from Markes. Nice lunging jab from Simpson. He drops Markes with an uppercut, inside full guard, lands a couple big elbows, postures up with a big right hand. Markes using legs to defend as Simpson stands over him. Kicks his thigh. Ref lets Markes up. A little wobbly. Anik says you could hear the uppercut land. Markes comes in throwing combinations. Simpson barely misses a big uppercut and ties Markes up against the cage. PMN scores it 10-9 Simpson.
Round 2 – Simpson didn’t sit down between rounds. Two big leg kicks from Markes. Simpson counters with a heavy right hand. Overhand right and body clinch from Simpson as he pushes Markes to the cage, knee to the thigh. They separate. Leg kick inside by Markes. Markes lands a nice elbow. Simpson pushes him to the cage, knee to the body. Markes pushes him off. High kick from Simpson, overhand right, neither land solid. Body lock takedown by Simpson, Markes pops right up, turns Simpson to the cage. Simpson turns Markes to the cage. Under two minutes to go. Markes turns him around, dancing the tango. Elbow from Markes, and uses the body lock to put Simpson on his back. Boos from the crowd as Markes not being very active. Markes in half guard, lands some body punches and elbows to the head. Simpson gets to this feet with 30 seconds left. Simpson trying to get out of the clinch but Markes controlling. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Markes.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Body lock from Simpson as he ducks some punches, knee from Simpson to the body. Simpson backs out. Markes with a leg kick. Uppercut from Simpson. Markes lands his own uppercut. Simpson checks a leg kick. Markes ties him up, drives him to the cage. Ref separates them. This round could decide the fight. Left right to the body; punches look a bit labored. Markes with a leg kick. Body lock from Markes, pushes Simpson to the cage. Under two minutes. It’s a stale mate and the ref separates them. Both guys land nice right hands, Simpson shoots, has a body lock, backs out. Simpson lands a n overhand right hand but it was pretty wild and appears to slip to the ground. They scramble and Simpson gets up but Markes is controlling and time is up. PMN scores the round 10-9 Markes and the fight 29-28 for Markes. It’s very close though and could be a draw or go either way. I wouldn’t argue with any of those.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ronny Markes def. Aaron Simpson by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
(HW) Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve
Round 1 – Herman’s beard is completely so ridiculously epic. Rosenthal is the ref. Don’t blink. Touch gloves. Struve is so damn tall. Inside leg kick from herman. Left hand from Struve. Leg kick from herman. Herman blocks a head kick. Inside leg kick from Herman. One two knee from Herman. Struve backs out. Inside leg kick from Herman. Big leg kick from Herman. Body punch from Herman. Right hand from Struve misses. Inside leg kick from Struve. Three big punches from Herman. Herman’s stand up looks so much better. One two, leg kick and a right hand from Herman. Inside leg kick from Struve. Right from Struve. Jumping head kick from Herman just grazes Struve. Herman looking for the KO, head hunting. Inside leg kick from Struve. Right hand from Herman. Inside leg kick from Herman. Side kick. They trade body kicks. Jab from Struve, inside leg kick. Body shot and a right, push kick from herman. Leg kick. Leg kick from Struve. Inside leg kick from Herman. Catches a kick, counters with a right. PMN scores it 10-9 Herman.
Round 2 – Herman’s corner basically said he was letting Struve off the hook, needs to be more aggressive. Neither guy sits down. Inside leg kick from Herman. One two leg kick from Herman. Leg kick from Struve. Body lock takedown to full mount from Struve. Herman slips out the back door.. don’t you know jiu jitsu don’t work on Pee Wee. Inside leg kick from Struve. Inside leg kick, right hand from Herman, leg kick, leg kick. Leg kick from Struve. Inside leg kick from Herman. Big body kick from Struve. Inside leg kicks from both guys. Three punch combo from Herman. One two from Struve doesn’t connect very solid. Herman counters with aright. Struve lands a one two and circles out from the attack. Cut and mouse under Herman’s eye. Right hand from Struve as Herman back sup. An uppercut drops Herman and Struve mounts him.. Herman covers up. They stop the fight… they let fights go all night long longer than they should then they stop this one a little quick in my opinion. Didn’t look like punches were doing any damage as Dave was covered up. Of course he’s not going to get out right away, he’s got a 300 pound man on top of him.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Stefan Struve def. Dave Herman by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (3:52)
(170) Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez
Round 1 - Diego Sanchez just came out brandishing a cross in the air, exorcising the arena while saying something, quite possibly chanting, “The power of Christ compels you”. He seriously looked like he was chasing back the demons. The crowd boos Diego… he is in enemy territory. The staredown is intense. Diego looks possessed. They come out swinging, Diego ducks a combo. Leg kick from Diego. Body kick from Ellenberger. Jake flashing a feeling jab. Diego with a one two. Diego swings and misses and Jake counters. Body kick from Jake. Diego looks a little flabby in the waist. Left to the body, right up high from Diego. Knee from Ellenberger catches Diego on the head just barely. Diego checks his head for blood. Diego lands a couple nice punches as he rushes in. Jab from Jake. Head kick from Jake blocked. This crowd is loud in Omaha. Diego comes in swinging. Jake locks him up, lands a couple knees. Ellenberger counters Diego’s combo and drops him with a one two. Diego is back up presses forward with more punches and lands a high kick that cuts Sanchez and possibly broke his nose. PMN scores round 1 for Ellenberger 10-9.
Round 2 – Leg kick from Ellenberger. Sloppy spinning back kick from Diego. Diego being more hesitant now. Head kick from Ellenberger lands on Diego’s arm. Leg kick from Ellenberger. Big one two from Diego just misses. Spinning kick misses from Diego. Ellenberger counters with a nice left. Again. Leg kick Ellenberger, jab. One two from Ellenberger, misses the two. Diego can’t find his range now and is looking frustrated and tentative. Right hook from Diego, again with a glancing right hook. Ellenberger ducks a left hook and puts Diego on his back with a perfectly timed takedown. Diego throws up for an armbar but Ellenberger pulls out and lays on the ground and pound. Palm strikes from Diego. Big big elbows from Ellenberger as he goes after Diego’s nose. PMN scores it 10-9 for Ellenberger. Diego is quick to his feet.
Round 3 – Nice left from Ellenberger. Ellenberger with a nice left jab. Leg kick from Ellenberger knocks Diego off balance as he throws a punch and falls off balance. Double jab from Ellenberger as Diego tries to chase him down. Nice shot from Sanchez forces Ellenberger to shoot, stuffed. Knee from Ellenberger to the body. Diego trying to pour on the pressure. Stuffs another takedown. Diego puts on the pressure and Ellenberger puts him down. Diego gets to his feet and takes Ellenberger’s back. Diego with a relentless attack landing punch after punch. But will they stop it with only 20 seconds to go. Ellenberger gets to his feet and they swing it out until the bell. This is why they invented five rounds and it’s very unfortunate we won’t get to see another round. It’s also very unfortunate that Diego just lost this fight by decision because of that. PMN scores it 10-9 for Diego and the fight 29-28 for Ellenberger
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jake Ellenberger def. Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
Diego said he severely sprained his ankle a couple weeks out from the fight.