Here’s the full HD Video from last night’s big fight. Always a tough competitor and a fighter’s fighter, Diego “The Dream” Sanchez takes on Jake Ellenberger in the Main Event @ UFC on FUEL TV in Omaha, Nebraska on February 15th, 2012.
After Nick Diaz’s recent decision loss to Carlos Condit, and GSP out for another 9-10 months… this fight has HUGE implications in the Welterweight division.
The winner of this fight is likely facing Carlos Condit where he will defend his interim Middleweight belt. The winner of that moving ahead to face GSP.
The loser of this fight is likely to be facing a pissed of Nick Diaz.
MMA FACT OF THE DAY: Jake Ellenberger’s UFC Debut was against Carlos Condit. Ellenberger took the fight for an injured Chris Lytle. In a controversial split decision, the fight went to Condit by judges decision.
In the age of the overproduction of sports and of stage-managed “moments,” rarely does a connection between an athlete and his fans feel authentic. Sure, fans “know” their favorite athletes: what their mansions look like, which starlets they date, what they say on Twitter. But these sort of athlete-fan interactions seem tested before focus groups, directed by teams of public-relations consultants rather than inspired by authenticity.
That was not the case Wednesday night at the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 1, when local boy Jake Ellenberger came out from the bowels of the aging Omaha Civic Auditorium. As his walkout song played — “Coming Home,” of course, by Diddy-Dirty Money — the adoring Cornhuskers who packed this venue erupted. This was the city where Ellenberger grew up, the place he returned to in 2005 as a US Marine Corps veteran, and the place where he now was an assistant wrestling coach for University of Nebraska-Omaha, which had won three straight Division II national titles before the program was dropped.
He’s the breakout star of 2011, and at UFC 135, light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will look to finish out the year with another spectacular victory when he defends his belt against his toughest challenge yet, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Watch UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage Live on Pay-Per-View and www.UFC.tv on Saturday, Sept 24th at 6/9pm PT/ET.
BIG NIGHT for Brazil as they host the first UFC event since 1998 in the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu jitsu, and a modern corner-stone for mixed martial arts!
BIG NOG Antonio Minatauro Nogueira introduces Brendan Schaub to a fight with a Champion.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua takes the fight to Forrest Griffin.