100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Ivan Menjivar - 94.4
2. Stipe Miocic - 93.6
3. T.J. Dillashaw - 93.5
4. Jake Ellenberger - 92.1
5. Diego Sanchez - 91.9
6. Tim Means - 91.7
7. Stefan Struve - 91.4
8. Jonathan Brookins - 90.9
9. John Albert - 90.7
10. Philip De Fries - 90.3
UFC on Fuel TV 1: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Elevation: 1,090'
-Fight of the Night-
Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez
Fighters & Matches 89.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.1
TOTAL 91.0
     This fight was kind of weird. Tim Means looked like he was at least 2 weight classes above Bernardo, and Bernardo treated the fight as if that were the case. Bernardo spent most of the fight backing up, Means spent the entire fight stalking him, Means knocked him down several times, and the ground & pound was a little bit brutal. So yeah, Tim Means clearly won this fight, I'd probably give the fight to him, 30-26 it was so lopsided, and two of the judges agreed with me about the 26, and all 3 judges agreed that Means wins.
      Do what? I wasn't really paying much attention. I just saw that Kuivanen looked buff, and then he got taken down and controlled in all 3 rounds. There were a few decent grappling exchanges here & there, but for the most part, this definitely falls into the category of fights I couldn't give less of a shit about. Congrats to Salas for the unanimous decision victory.
      Well, it's always cool to see Jonathan Brookins beat people up, even if the first minute or so isn't anything special. Brookins was able to reverse a takedown attempt by Rocha, leaving Rocha on his back, Brookins on top, and punches started to rain down on Rocha's face, until the referee stopped the fight. Great first round KO win for Brookins.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      DAYUM! Ivan Menjivar is a badass! I've been complaining a lot lately about guys at 135 not finishing fights, so this fight was awesome. John Albert showed some REALLY solid striking skills, boxing up a storm, and he even showed solid submission skills, locking on a handful of submissions throughout the one round fight. Menjivar on the other hand though, his grappling skills are on another level, he was able to escape everything, go for a few submissions of his own, and eventually he locked on a rear-naked choke, after about a million BEAUTIFUL transitions. Great fight, and terrific way to start off the televised card!
      Wow! I just scored my first 10-7 round! The second round of this fight was one of the most lopsided events I've ever seen. The final tally on strikes for the fight was, Dillashaw (172 strikes), and Watson (12 strikes). ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?! Holy horse shit, Watson got his ass beat. Dillashaw slammed him in every round, pounded the fuck out of him, and BASICALLY left him for dead. The crazy thing is, in the third round, I ALMOST gave the round to Watson, because he unleashed about 75 submission attempts, and was going crazy on the ground, but Dillashaw was able to end up on top, and beat up Watson some more eventually, so yeah, T.J. Dillashaw wins the fight, 30-25 on most scorecards. CRAZY!
      Yeah! De Fries came out swinging, throwing bombs, ready to take the head off Miocic, and he seemed like he was confident he would find success. The problem is, Miocic looked like old school Chuck Liddell out there, backing up out of the way of punches, and throwing hard counterstrikes, until eventually he clipped De Fries, knocked him to the ground, and finished him off with some ground & pound. Stipe Miocic is a badass.
      Well, that fight felt longer than it should have been. I gave the first round to Aaron Simpson, and was pretty excited about the fight so far. The second round I gave to Markes, but I was starting to feel a little bored. By the end of the fight, I didn't care what was going on anymore, and ended up giving it to Markes, and two of the judges gave it to Markes as well, so there you have it. Another 15 minute, "Meh, it's ok..." quality fight.
      This was a pretty good fight. I was surprised that Dave Herman seemed to have such an upperhand with the striking in the first round, as he was really taking it to Struve, landing about 4 times the amount of shots. Struve stepped it up in the second round though, and eventually was able to take the fight to the ground with a big uppercut, and after Struve got full mount, it was the beginning of the end. After some ground & pound from the full mount, the referee eventually had no other option, than to stop the fight. Good fight for both fighters, especially the winner, Stefan Struve.
      YEAH! CRAZY fuckin' fight! Jake Ellenberger clearly won the first two rounds, no doubt about it, so going into the third round, he had a substantial lead, due to his superior striking & aggression. The problem is, that third round was FUCKING NUTS, with Diego taking Ellenberger to the ground, and pounding the living fuck out of his face for a couple of minutes. I honestly thought Diego Sanchez did enough in that third round to make it a 10-8 round, which would ultimately make the fight a draw, but I'm glad the judges didn't do that, because I hate draws. So Ellenberger wins, 29-28 on all the judges scorecards. Great fight overall!