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UFC 126: Jake Ellenberger Vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort. To access our full coverage, click here.

Rocha makes his way to the cage to “Ice, Ice Baby.” Interesting choice, but it seems to be pumping him up. Kim Winslow will oversee this bout.

Round 1: They touch gloves and Ellenberger takes the center of the cage. He goes for a takedown, which Rocha reverses immediately, pressing Ellenberger to the fence. Ellenberger with a knee and then a takedown which he finishes in side control. Rocha gets to his feet and whiffs on a flying knee. He gets Ellenberger down though and gets into side control, swiftly transitioning to north-south and back to side control on the opposite side. Rocha smothering Ellenberger as he tries to defend from his back. Rocha transitioning from back to full mount, showing beautiful jiu-jitsu. Rocha is warned for headbutting. Ellenberger gets to his feet! Rocha misses a high kick. Ellenberger hits Rocha with a knee after he fails on a takedown. Rocha misses another takedown but grabs an arm and throws Ellenberger to the mat before the bell sounds. scores the round 10-9 for Rocha

Round 2: Ellenberger comes in with big knees to start. Ellenberger gets Rocha turtled, and lands some shots before Rocha gets to his feet. Rocha tries for a wheel kick that misses. The action has slowed a bit. Rocha scores with a pair of kicks. Both men miss partially on right hands. Ellenberger landing with jabs occasionally. Rocha misses another high kick. Rocha tries a flying knee that barely misses as Ellenberger moves in. The crowd is silent. Ellenberger misses on a big right. Ellenberger lands a takedown with fifteen seconds to go. Rocha throws a leg up. scores the round 10-9 for Ellenberger

Round 3: That round was very close, could be argued as a draw. The two begin the third with the same measured pace as the seconds. Rocha lands a pair of leg kicks. Ellenberger moves in swinging, drags Rocha to the ground, but backs off. Rocha with another wheel kick that is blocked. Rocha lands an inside leg kick. Ellenberger connects on a big punch. Very few significant strikes have landed this round, much like the last. Ellenberger misses on a takedown. Rocha lands a head kick and is then shoved to the mat. Ellenberger lets him up, is bleeding under the left eye. Ellenberger lands a takedown with a little over thierty left. Ellenberger standing over Rocha, looking to land ground and pound. scores the round 10-9 for Ellenberger

Close fight, last two rounds possibly draws, but go to Ellenberger for the takedowns and for landing a few more solid shots. Rocha’s cornerman lifts him up and runs him around the cage.

Jake Ellenberger defeated Carlos Eduardo Rocha via split decision(27-30, 29-28, 29-28)