UFC on Fuel 1 main event fighters Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger each earned an extra $50,000 for their efforts in Omaha, Nebraska. Elsewhere on the card Ivan Menjivar picked up “submission of the night” and Stipe Miocic earned “knockout of the night.
Despite being a statistical blowout for two rounds, Diego Sanchez kept charging forward into the continuing barrage of punches and takedowns of Ellenberger. In the third round, Diego took advantage of an Ellenberger mistake and put the hometown crowd on edge by taking the former UNO wrestler’s back and landing some vicious ground and pound. Ellenberger kept his composure however, and likely kept the fight from becoming a draw by escaping and landing a solid combo of his own to finish the “fight of the night” winner.
In the post-fight press conference, Ellenberger stated that he would understand UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit would want to wait for UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre but that he would love a rematch at some point.
In what was originally the “fight of the night” front runner, Ivan Menjivar survived multiple submission attempts, survived a headkick and near TKO along the cage to bounce back and submit a very tough John Albert with a rear naked choke. The win runs Menjivar’s recent winstreak to three.
Stipe Miocic earned $50,000 for just forty-three seconds of work against Philip De Fries. De Fries charged forward recklessly looking for a knock out of his own before Miocic sent him reeling off the cage with a well-timed counter shot. Miocic quickly swarmed and knocked De Fries out cold before the referee intervened. The raw heavyweight talent improved to 8-0 (2-0 UFC) with the knockout victory.