UFC on Fuel TV Results: Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez Fight Card

Sean SmithAnalyst IFebruary 15, 2012

UFC on Fuel TV Results: Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez Fight Card

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    With UFC on Fuel TV now underway from the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb., Bleacher Report will provide live results below and in-depth fight recaps on the following pages of this slideshow.

    Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger

    Ellenberger defeated Sanchez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

    Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman

    Struve defeated Herman by technical knockout (punches) at of the second round.

    Aaron Simpson vs. Ronny Markes

    Markes defeated Simpson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

    Stipe Miocic vs. Philip De Fries

    Miocic defeated De Fries by knockout (punches) at 0:43 of the first round.

    T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson

    Dillashaw defeated Watson by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26).

    Ivan Menjivar vs. John Albert

    Menjivar defeated Albert by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:45 of the first round. 

    Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha

    Brookins defeated Rocha by knockout (punches) at 1:32 of the first round.

    Buddy Roberts vs. Sean Loeffler

    Fight canceled due to Loeffler ankle injury during pre-fight warm-ups.

    Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas

    Salas defeated Kuivanen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

    Tim Means vs. Bernardo Magalhaes

    Means defeated Magalhaes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).

Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez

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    Jake Ellenberger defeated Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

    With Nick Diaz's positive drug test leading to his removal from a rematch with interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, this fight between 170-pound contenders took on added importance.

    On the heels of a huge knockout win over Jake Shields, Ellenberger started off strong at FUC on Fuel TV, hurting Sanchez with a well-time knee and heavy right hook.

    Sanchez narrowed the gap in the second round, but Ellenberger picked up a very important takedown with one minute remaining in the round. The Omaha, Neb. native finished the round with big elbows to erase any doubt that he deserved to win the round on the scorecards.

    The former TUF winner continued to work in the third round, but Ellenberger interrupted Sanchez's momentum with a takedown. Sanchez, however, reversed Ellenberger and fought hard to finish the fight by taking his opponent's back.

    Ellenberger survived to hear Bruce Buffer announce the judges' decision, though, which went in his favor due to his performance through the first two rounds.

    Despite the win, Ellenberger's rough ending to the fight may have hurt his chances at earning a title shot and rematch with Carlos Condit. Whether he gets a fight with Condit or not, the 26-year-old Ellenberger will be a force in the welterweight division for years to come.

Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman

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    Stefan Struve defeated Dave Herman by technical knockout (punches) at of the second round.

    Struve has made a career for himself by coming back from early mishaps in his fights. Unable to use his reach to his advantage in the opening round, Struve was picked apart by Herman and forced to make some adjustments in the second round.

    Those adjustments made a big difference, as Struve took Herman down straight into the full mount. Though Herman quickly escaped, Struve dropped his opponent with an uppercut shortly after and finished the fight with some ground and pound.

    The loss was Herman's first in the UFC and the 23-year-old Struve showed that he is still continuing to improve with another exciting victory.

    The 6'11" fighter has all the physical tools, but he still needs to make some improvements in his striking to reach his full potential as a fighter.

Aaron Simpson vs. Ronny Markes

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    Ronny Markes defeated Aaron Simpson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

    Simpson and Markes are separated by 14 years in age, but they were very evenly matched in ability when they met at Wednesday's event.

    The 23-year-old Markes looked strong at the start of his middleweight debut, but a heavy right hand from Simpson quickly swayed the momentum. Simpson looked to finish the Brazilian in the first round, but Markes survived and battled back in the remaining rounds.

    Markes was able to secure close second and third rounds by taking down Simpson, an All-American wrestler, towards the end of the frames.

    With the win, Markes joined Mark Munoz and Chris Leben as the only fighters to defeat Simpson. The Nova Uniao product has won 12 of his 13 professional fights and could be a force to be reckoned with in a middleweight division that could be changing quickly as champion Anderson Silva nears retirement.

Stipe Miocic vs. Philip De Fries

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    Stipe Miocic defeated Philip De Fries by knockout (punches) at 0:43 of the first round.

    After eating a few big shots from his opponent at UFC on Fuel TV, Miocic quickly came back and put De Fries away with a blitz of punches.

    Coming off of a win in his UFC debut, De Fries landed a few big right hands at the start of the fight, but a straight punch from Miocic led to the first loss of the Englishman's career.

    Already scoring impressive wins over De Fries and Joey Beltran, the undefeated Miocic is a very promising up-and-coming fighter in a heavyweight division that could use a few new contenders.

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson

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    T.J. Dillashaw defeated Walel Watson by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26).

    Fighting for the first time since losing in the finals of a TUF tournament, Dillashaw showed that he could be a future contender in the bantamweight division by dominating Watson at UFC on Fuel TV.

    Dillashaw worked hard for a takedown at the start of the fight and completely out-classed Watson once the fight went to the ground. The Team Alpha Male product rinsed and repeated in the second and third rounds, which earned him a unanimous decision on the scorecards.

    Watson, who is now 1-2 in the UFC, threatened with some submission attempts in the final round, but it was too little too late after being completely controlled in the first two rounds. Watson probably gained new respect from many for surviving through such a lopsided fight, though.

    It would have been nice to see the 26-year-old Dillashaw finish one of the many rear-naked chokes that he nearly secured, but it was an impressive performance nonetheless for the potential future star.

Ivan Menjivar vs. John Albert

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    Ivan Menjivar defeated John Albert by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:45 of the first round.

    In one of the wildest rounds in recent memory, Menjivar overcame severak perilous positions to submit Albert and pick up his third consecutive victory.

    After both fighters traded early Menjivar took the fight to the ground, where he was forced to fight off several submission attempts before Albert made his way back to his feet. Shortly after escaping, Albert rocked Menjivar with a head kick.

    Though he appeared to be on the edge of defeat, Menjivar recovered and took Albert's back. From there, the Menjivar locked up a rear-naked choke and finished the fight to remain undefeated as a UFC bantamweight.

    Despite the loss, the 25-year-old Albert showed some promise by coming so close to finishing a tough opponent like Menjivar.

Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha

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    Jonathan Brookins defeated Vagner Rocha by knockout (punches) at 1:32 of the first round.

    A dangerous black belt in jiu-jitsu, Rocha's haste to take the fight to the ground resulted in a loss to former TUF winner Brookins.

    After Rocha shot in for a takedown attempt, Brookins stuffed the Brazilian and ended up on top. As Rocha tried to attack a leg, Brookins landed a series of short strikes and turned the lights out for his opponent.

    Coming off of a loss to Erik Koch, the knockout win put the 26-year-old Brookins back on track to becoming a featherweight contender. In the process, Brookins spoiled Rocha's debut at 145 pounds. 

Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas

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    Justin Salas defeated Anton Kuivanen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

    Two UFC newcomers, Salas and Kuivanan, met in a very closely contested fight at UFC on Fuel TV, but Salas ability to secure takedowns near the end of the first and final rounds may have made the difference on the judges' scorecards.

    A highly-touted Finnish fighter, Kuivanen was unable to stifle Salas once the Grudge Training Center product decided to mix takedown attempts in with his striking.

    Though evenly matched with Kuivanen on his feet, Salas showed that his wrestling could be at a level that will allow him to achieve much success in the UFC. With his win over Kuivanen, Salas has now won six straight fights, including a decision victory over Jake Ellenberger's brother.

    Kuivanen's loss meant an end to a nine-fight winning streak for the promising 27-year-old. Though his run of victories is over, Kuivanen held is own in his UFC debut and will likely have a few more chances to prove himself as a UFC-caliber fighter. 

Tim Means vs. Bernardo Magalhaes

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    Tim Means defeated Bernardo Magalhaes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).

    Magalhaes started much stronger than he finished in his UFC debut at UFC on Fuel TV. The Brazilian opened with some thudding leg kicks, but his inability to take the fight to the ground resulted in his downfall against the longer reach of Means.

    Midway through the fight, it became apparent that Magalhaes had injured the inside of his ankle, perhaps due to a checked leg kick. However, it was Magalhaes' telegraphed takedown attempts that was a bigger factor in the outcome of the fight. 

    Means began to hit Magalhaes with some big knees in the later half of the first round, making Magalhaes pay for his inability to take the fight to the ground. Despite taking the fight on late notice to replace an injured Yoislandy Izquierdo, Means came away with the victory in his UFC debut by using well-timed knees on the back end of his opponent's failed takedown attempts.

    The loss ended a five fight winning streak for the 30-year-old Magalhaes, while it may have launched a promising UFC career for Means.