In the weeks leading up to their pivotal welterweight scrap, Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger promised a dogfight that would rival the early candidates for ‘Fight of the Year.' On Wednesday night, they delivered on that promise.
Sanchez and Elllenberger unleashed a wild three-round affair at the main event of UFC on FUEL, delighting the Omaha crowd with a number of furious exchanges and a late swing in momentum that almost saw "The Dream" steal the show. In the end, Ellenberger may have emerged the victor, pocketing a unanimous decision (29-28, x3) to the glee of his hometown crowd, but the result was not without its critics.
As Bruce Buffer tallied the judges' scorecards, a flood of professional fighters took to Twitter, sounding off on everything from the lack of five rounds to cries for a draw. Surprisingly, even the usually Twitter-averse Nick Diaz let his opinion be known, and needless to say, it was everything you'd expect.
Diego Sanchez won regardless what the judges think that's what the fight showed !— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) February 16, 2012
Sad night for old Jake E had this been real shit he would be dead!— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) February 16, 2012
Why wasn't that 5 rds.??? When did they stop doin that— Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) February 16, 2012
Krzysztof Soszynski (@KSOSufc) February 16, 2012
I think diego and ellenburger are gonna take my fotn bonus hahaha those guys are warriors— john albert (@UFCPrinceAlbert) February 16, 2012
DRAW !!!!!!!!!!!!!1! Sanchez vs Ellenberger #UFConFuel— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) February 16, 2012
Ellenberger won rounds 1,2 . Diego was winning 10-9 landing big before he took Jakes back. He took (cont) tl.gd/fukk9m— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) February 16, 2012
Kyle Noke (@KyleNoke) February 16, 2012
Diego Sanchez is a whack job!!!! talented but bat s**** crazy— Brian Rogers (@BRogthePredator) February 16, 2012
Y wasn't this 5 rounds?— Luke Rockhold (@rockholdMMA) February 16, 2012
Diego makes a lot of excuses but his fights always put a smile on my face! He should never b cut, I think I saw him growling at one point!— Luke Rockhold (@rockholdMMA) February 16, 2012
Ellenberger by UD IMO— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) February 16, 2012
What a scrap #UFConFUEL— Jason High (@KCBanditMMA) February 16, 2012
3rd rnd 10-8 Sanchez, tie fight 28-28 #ryanjimmo— Ryan Jimmo (@RyanJimmo) February 16, 2012
WWWOOOOOOWWWWW!!!!!!!Diego Sanchez got HEART!!!!— Adam Schindler (@Schindiggity) February 16, 2012
Think the @Ufc fight should of been 5 rounds! Great main event to do so— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) February 16, 2012
The question is do u score the last Rd10-8, if u did Sanchez escapes with a draw— todd moore (@TMooreMMA) February 16, 2012
Great MAIN EVENT! Hats off to both Sanchez and Ellenberger..they went to war!— Mike Massenzio (@MikeMassenzio) February 16, 2012
Diego Sanchez always great to wach— Vitor Vianna (@VitorViannaMMA) February 16, 2012