Hello once more, fans and friends, and welcome to the latest edition of “Crash Course”. “Crash Course” is a series of articles designed to give readers a quick rundown on all the relevant information they need to know heading into an upcoming major MMA event. Everything from why you should watch, what you should expect in the co-main and main event and even where and when you can find it on TV is all covered in detail. So let’s get right to it with today’s edition, featuring UFC on FUEL TV 1: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger.
The Event: UFC on FUEL TV “Sanchez vs. Ellenberger”, currently scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. A four-fight preliminary broadcast will be streamed on the UFC’s Facebook page starting at 6:20 PM ET. The six-fight main card will be broadcast live on FUEL TV starting at 8:00 PM ET.
Why You Should Care: This is the first officially-branded “UFC on FUEL TV” broadcast, and it shows. With a full card of mid-level talent to support it and a main event fight that probably belongs on a Pay-Per-View, this card is highly respectable and more than worthy enough of being shown on a smaller station like FUEL.
What to Look Forward to in the Main Event: Diego Sanchez always fights hard and puts on a show, win or lose. He’s looked pretty good in his last two fights, both of which have been entertaining all-out wars. Jake Ellenberger, meanwhile, is coming off the biggest victory of his career and a win in this fight would make him a legitimate top-division star.
What to Look Forward to in the Co-Main Event: Stefan Struve is known for having amazing fights. He wants to finish his opponents as quickly and as dominantly as possible, and sometimes that’s resulted in him being finished quickly and dominantly. Dave Herman, meanwhile, is on a three-fight win-streak. Both men are veterans of over twenty fights and have a large majority of their wins by stoppage, so this should be another classic “blink and you’ll miss it” encounter.
Why You Should Watch This Card: I think this card is going to surprise a lot of people. FUEL TV isn’t the biggest network on the planet, but this card falls right in line with the UFC’s traditional “Fight Night Live” shows that aired on Spike TV. The card may not be loaded with stars, but it is loaded with fighters that are versatile, well-rounded and love to finish their fights.
Why You Shouldn’t Watch This Card: In order to fully enjoy this card, you have to approach it in the right frame of mind. It’s not a big event, it’s not filled with stars and there are only a handful of legitimate name-value fighters. But “UFC on FUEL TV 1” is not meant to be a UFC mega-show. If you go in thinking that it is, of course you’re going to be disappointed.
Closing Thoughts: For the most part, I’m actually pretty impressed at the quality of this event. The UFC is putting their best foot forward with this Fox deal, and it’s great to see that mentality even being applied to the smallest of the networks on which the UFC will now air. Definitely count me in for this one.
Oliver Saenz, also known as PdW2kX, is a freelance journalist, opinion columnist, hardcore MMA fan, and lifelong video game nerd. For more news, views, previews, and reviews on all things Mixed Martial Arts as well as video games, be sure to visit FightGamesBlog.net.