After an exciting end to an action-packed third round in the main event between Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger, hundreds of fans went to Twitter proclaiming they wanted more. Many were actually expecting more and were surprised and confused that they were not about to get their wish.
Last June, the UFC announced that all main events would be scheduled for five rounds. However, due to scheduling issues such as contracts already being signed for three rounds and fighters withdrawing from fights, the first five round main event that was a non-title bout did not occur until UFC 138 in November. Since then, two non-title main events have gone the distance- UFC 139 with “Shogun” Rua vs. Dan Henderson and UFC on FOX 2 with Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis.
However, when the UFC signed a deal with FOX Sports, they only included five round main events on FOX, not FX or FUEL TV events. After last night’s main event on FUEL TV, which saw Diego Sanchez mount a comeback after being pummeled throughout the first two rounds, White immediately made the decision to have five round main events at every UFC event.
“We blew it tonight. It should have been a five-round fight,” White said at the post-fight press conference. “They will be five-round fights from now on.”
Because of contractual obligations, future main events, including Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2 on March 2nd, and Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Noguiera at UFC on FUEL TV 2 on April 14th, will both be three round main events as scheduled. White did not announce whether UFC on FUEL TV 3 headliners Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung will be a three or five round matchup.