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“UFC On Fuel TV: Sanchez Vs. Ellenberger” Results

Welcome to’s live coverage of UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger. Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. The main card will air live on FUEL TV while the preliminary card will be streamed on Facebook.

Now, on to the action! We’ll have live round-by round coverage of all preliminary and main card bouts updated every few minutes. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.


Tim Means vs. Bernardo Magalhaes

Round 1: The early striking exchanges are mostly even, both guys feeling the other out with probing strikes. Magalhaes shoots for the takedown, but Means stuffs it and makes him pay with a knee. Magalhaes backs off. Means ties Magalhaes up with the clinch and fires off knees and some dirty boxing. Means working his knees well up the middle against his shorter opponent. Magalhaes cracks Means with a right that gets him smiling. Means sits Magalhaes down with a knee and follow up punches. Means patient in his advance; he slaps on a D’arce choke, but Magalhes is aware enough to roll out of it and back to his feet. He finds no respite there though, as Means is right back on him with knees from the clinch. Magalhaes on his heels, trying to recover.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Means

Round 2: Magalhaes catches a kick and tries for the takedown, but is soundly denied. Means goes back to cutting Magalhaes off with his footwork and using his range to dot him up, both with punches and kicks. Two minutes in and Magalhaes is mostly only throwing overhand shots. He lands a good left and goes for the takedown, but is denied. Means stays on him and presses him into the cage, firing off some good knees and elbows from the clinch. Magalhaes breaks free and they go back at it on their feet, Means stalking. Means briefly engages the clinch and works knees. Thirty seconds left and Means cracks Magalhaes with a hard body shot that drops him to the mat. Means beating on Magalhaes with ground and pound, but backs out and tells him to stand about as the bell sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Means

Round 3: Magalhaes complained of pain in his foot between rounds; there is visible swelling on his right ankle. Magalhaes with a left hook, but Means is still the one controlling the striking exchanges. Magalhaes shoots deep for a takedown but Means defends easily. Magalhaes times another takedown well, but Means again shuts him down. Magalhaes is slow to get back to his feet. Magalhaes shoots yet again; he only gets Means down as he starts in with hammerfists and only briefly, as Means pops immediately to his feet. Means after Magalhaes, dropping him with another body shot against the cage. Means backs off and lets him up. Magalhaes shoots for another takedown and Means makes him pay with elbows. Magalhaes is fading as Means pours it on with elbows and punches on the ground. Means backs out and lets him back to his feet. Means with a head kick. Means times a slick knee and continues marching Magalhaes down until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Means

Tim Means defeated Bernardo Magalhaes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas

Round 1: Salas shoots in for a single, but backs off when Kuivanen starts to fight him off. Salas trying to close the gap and move in behind hard punches, but Kuivanen is thwarting him with superior striking technique. Kuivanen showing solid takedown defense as well. Salas touches Kuivanen with a stiff jab as he moves forward. Salas hits a powerful takedown as Kuivanen backs up. Salas playing Kuivanen’s legs, trying to pass or land punches. Kuivanen trips Salas as he does so and uses the time to get to his feet. Kuivanen tags Salas with a hard straight right counter to the push kick. Kuivanen putting on the pressure standing, landing some good kicks. Salas with a body kick and Kuivanen returns fire. Salas catches it and hits a nice takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Salas

Round 2: This is a very competitive fight so far, but Salas has been adjusting to Kuivanen’s technical attack with solid counters and a well-timed wrestling offense. Salas drives for the takedown, pressing Kuivanen into the cage. Neither man able to put much together two minutes into the second. Salas tries for a takedown but the stout Kuivanen thwarts him. Both men getting in a few good shots, but neither taking a very clear edge. Salas goes for the single and Kuivanen defends it easily. Salas grates Kuivanen against the fence and gets him down briefly with a nice trip, but Kuivanen gets right back to his feet and lands a mean body kick. Salas tries a knee and Kuivanen knocks him off balance, but can’t do much to capitalize before Salas pops to his feet. Salas shoots with about twenty seconds to go and Kuivanen denies him again. Salas backs off and lands a good right hand.

FightLine scores the round 10-10

Round 3: Salas hits a nice left body kick to start off the last round. Salas relentless in seeking the takedown, planting Kuivanen against the cage. Big right hand for Salas, and another. Kuivanen threatening with the heel hook. Salas uses the cage to roll out of it and he retains top position. Salas standing over Kuivanen and dropping big punches. A left cracks Kuivanen, but he works to his feet anyway. Kuivanen with a right straight. Salas tries for a takedown, but gets denied. Salas grating Kuivanen against the fence, landing a nice elbow before separating. Kuivanen sits down on a hard one-two, but then gets taken down. Salas passes to side control; Kuivanen recovers half guard. Kuivanen to his feet with ten seconds to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Salas

Justin Salas defeated Anton Kuivanen via decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)

Buddy Roberts vs. Sean Loeffler

Unfortunately, Loeffler injured his ankle backstage and will not be able to compete this evening. Both men will have to wait to make their UFC debut.

Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha

Round 1: They touch gloves and take to the center of the cage. Rocha gets off with a straight right and body kick first. Rocha showing some improved striking against his taller opponent, getting in some nice right hands and kicks. Rocha active on his feet, Brookins staying patient. Brookins lands a nice short right that hurts Rocha. Rocha goes for the takedown and Brookins stays on top, sitting down into Rocha’s guard and making him pay for thinking about a heel hook with some vicious ground and pound that separates Rocha from consciousness.

Jonathan Brookins defeated Vagner Rocha via KO (strikes) at 1:32 of round 1


Ivan Menjivar vs. John Albert

Round 1: A glove touch and Albert immediately goes in for a kick. These two are at it right away, both throwing hard with a varied attack. Both defending well. They clinch briefly and Albert gets in some body shots that make Menjivar wince. Menjivar fires off a spinning back fist that Albert barely dodges. Menjivar drags Albert to the mat; Albert immediately active, rolling for several submissions. He gives up position on an omoplata attempt and eats some hard hammerfists for it. Albert back on the attack, transitioning from sub attempt to sub attempt. They both threaten with leg locks. Menjivar spins out and briefly takes a turtled Albert’s back. Menjivar nails Albert with some hard shots as he gets to his feet, but Albert comes right back with a head kick that stuns him. Albert pouring it on with strikes; Menjivar is hurt and withering. Albert strikes what looks like an illegal knee, but the ref doesn’t catch it. Albert goes for a guillotine, but Menjivar defends and takes top position. Menjivar takes his back and flattens him out, pounding on him a bit before slapping on the rear naked choke and forcing Albert to tap.

Ivan Menjivar defeated John Albert via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:45 of round 1

Menjivar says he channeled Kazushi Sakuraba to come back from being hurt and win the fight.

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson

Round 1: Dillashaw with a leaping Superman punch into the single leg. Watson defending well, but Dillashaw switches to the high single and briefly gets him down with the trip. Watson pops up, but Dillashaw gets him down with a double. Watson to his feet again, but Dillashaw puts him down just as fast. Dillashaw in full guard, Watson stifling his attack with a long-limbed, active attack. Watson slips up as he stands and Dillashaw takes his back with both hooks in. Dillashaw flattens him out and slaps on the rear naked choke. Watson is defending well, but there are just under three minutes left in the round. Dillashaw gets in a short elbow as Watson recovers half guard. Watson scrambling, but Dillashaw takes his back again and drags him down with the rear naked choke on. Watson again defending well, but Dillashaw ends up in full mount, constantly offensive. Watson rolling, but Dillashaw is all over him, threatening with the choke constantly. A minute left. Watson is staying patient, but he is consistently on the defensive. Dillashaw pounding away as the round closes, putting some damage on Watson before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw

Round 2: Dillashaw cracks Watson with a right hand right off the bat. Dillashaw closes the distance well, dumps Watson with a single and goes to work from the top. Watson threatening with spidery legs, but Dillashaw in full control on top, passing to side control. Watson defending and scrambling well, but Dillashaw remains one step ahead of him at every turn. Dillashaw all over Watson, pounding away at Watson in place of going for the sub. Watson rolling back and forth, but Dillashaw continually remains in mount. Dillashaw going for the rear naked again, but Watson guts it out again, only to get hammered with lefts and rights. Watson trying to fight from his back, but Dillashaw isn’t having it. Again, Dillashaw goes for the choke. Dillashaw pounding on Watson as the round closes, Watson doing just enough to hang on.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Dillashaw

Round 3: Watson comes out wild, looking for a flying knee, but Dillashaw sees it coming and stays clear. Dillashaw closes the distance with two straight shots down the pipe. Watson misses on a spinning back kick. Dillashaw goes in for the takedown, Watson tries for the guillotine, but Dillashaw uses it to take him down. Dillashaw holds top position for a bit before Watson fights to his feet. Watson lands a short knee. Dillashaw moves in behind a nice punch combination to get his hands on Watson, but Watson slaps on a flying triangle and pulls Dillashaw down. Watson starts throwing strikes instead of working the sub and Dillashaw fights free. Watson goes for what looks like a calf-slicer set up but Dillashaw rolls out and is now working from guard. Watson rolls to his knees, but Dillashaw gets his back and slaps on the choke again. Dillashaw can’t adjust the grip though, and Watson continually defends it. Dillashaw postures and throws down punches as the round closes; Watson returns fire from his back.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw

TJ Dillashaw defeated Walel Watson via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)

Stipe Miocic vs. Philip De Fries

Round 1: De Fries tries to lunge in behind some pawing shots, Miocic shrugs him off. De Fries manages to touch Miocic with a couple of rights that have more zip on them, but Miocic stays in the pocket and fires right back, putting De Fries on his heels with a hard straight right. A series of rights drop the retreating Brit and a volley of ground and pound shots finish him off.

Stipe Miocic defeated Philip De Fries via KO (strikes) at :43 of round 1

Aaron Simpson vs. Ronny Markes

Round 1: Simpson comes after Markes hard, but Markes returns fire and staggers Simpson. They clinch and Markes presses Simpson into the cage for a bit, before Simpson turns him. The ref breaks them up after a spell and resets them on their feet. Simpson moving forward, but he’s eating hard shots from Markes as he does so, both kicks and punches. Simpson times a brilliant uppercut that plants Markes on his butt. Simpson follows him down and goes to work with ground and pound. Markes hanging on, he tries to roll for an armbar. Simpson steps out of guard and eventually lets him up. Markes on the attack now, chasing after Simpson. Simpson returns fire, they clinch and Simpson presses Markes into the cage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Simpson
Round 2: Simpson wading through hard leg kicks trying to land a hard right hand. Simpson closes the distance and presses Markes into the fence, but Markes fights free and circles away. Markes getting in some nice combinations as Simpson fires off, moving forward. Simpson closes the gap again and presses Markes into the wall. Markes shoves him off. Simpson grabs hold of Markes and they battle for position on the fence. Markes is doing well in avoiding Simpson’s takedown attempts, but then he takes it one step further by tripping Simpson to the mat. Markes can’t do much with top position other than get off some ground and pound as Simpson eventually gets to his feet. Markes stays on him, grating him against the cage until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Markes

Ronny Markes defeated Aaron Simpson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman

Round 1: They touch gloves and Herman takes the center. Herman working leg kicks, both to the inside and outside. Struve tries for a head kick that Herman takes on the arm. Struve with his back to the fence, not much movement by either man. Herman landing more on the feet so far and avoiding Struve’s reaching counters. Herman tags Struve up with three straight shots. Struve surprisingly inactive, allowing Herman to get inside on him and land hard punches. Struve landing kicks, but not working his massive reach advantage as well as he could be. Struve with a long right hand that touches Herman. Herman goes for a jumping round kick that misses. The action has boiled down to Struve walking forward with a pawing, open-handed left and Herman backing him off with push kicks. Herman catches a kick and returns with a right.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Herman

Round 2: Herman fires off a hard leg kick. Struve closes the distance and takes Herman down, landing in full mount. Herman scrambles out, avoiding Struve’s attempt to take and hold his back and fighting to his fight. Herman going to the body with punches and attacking the legs with kicks. Struve lands a hard body kick, but his shots come one at a time as he plods forward. Herman gets off with a multi-punch combo and then lands a body kick of his own. Struve working some leg kicks himself now. Struve touches Herman with a few straight shots that put him on his heels and swell up his face. Herman circling away as Struve comes after it. Struve knocks Herman to the mat with a slick uppercut that he times off of an inside leg kick and follows him down, taking full mount. Over a minute to go and Struve is pounding away at Herman. Herman can do little more than cover up and the referee stops the fight.

Stefan Struve defeated Dave Herman via TKO (strikes) at 3:52 of round 2


Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger

Dan Miragliotta will be the third man in the cage for tonight’s welterweight main event.

Round 1: These two come straight at each other, Ellenberger getting the better of it as the crowd chants, “Jake!” Ellenberger showing solid head movement as Sanchez comes forward. They fire body kicks at the same time and cancel each other out. The pace has slowed some. Ellenberger makes Sanchez pay with hard counters when he moves in behind punches. Both men staying honest, showing respect. Ellenberger tags Sanchez with a hard knee and some follow up punches as he moves forward and looks for the takedown. Sanchez shakes it off. Ellenberger continuing to counter well as Sanchez comes after him, but Sanchez touches him with a left as he stops briefly against the cage. Sanchez bulls after Ellenberger, whom plants and goes for the takedown. Sanchez defends and Ellenberger tags him on the break. Ellenberger sits Sanchez down with a beautiful one-two counter as Sanchez moves in with wild shots. Sanchez moves in behind a combo again, but Ellenberger turns him into the cage and roughs him up from the clinch. Sanchez still coming forward, eats a hard right before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ellenberger

Round 2: Sanchez tries for a spinning back kick that misses. Ellenberger with a head kick that Sanchez takes on the arm. Sanchez again working the spinning back kick. Ellenberger is keeping in his rhythm, staying on Sanchez with the counter and making him miss with the punches he does throw. Sanchez starting to get flustered as Ellenberger patiently picks him apart. Sanchez gets in a lunging right hook and scores with a pair of counters when Ellenberger comes in with an elbow. Ellenberger ducks a punch by Sanchez and hits a deep power double with just about a minute left in the round. Sanchez offensive from his back, but Ellenberger is keeping in control and landing short punches. Ellenberger lands some hard elbows as the round comes to a close. Sanchez is a bleeding mess.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ellenberger

Round 3: Sanchez comes out looking aggressive, but Ellenberger is right there to meet him. The crowd chants, “Jake!” Ellenberger showing solid head movement in avoiding Sanchez’s shots. Ellenberger with a nice leg kick that knocks Sanchez off balance. Ellenberger targeting Sanchez’s battered nose with a stiff jab. Ellenberger fighting beautifully as he moves back and to angles, tagging Sanchez up as he chases after him. Sanchez swarming, getting in some good shots, but Ellenberger sticks a few counters and stalls his attack by threatening with the single leg. Ellenberger goes for the takedown and then lands a nice knee to the body. Both men bleeding now, Ellenberger showing some damage now. Sanchez with s stiff left that lands hard with a minute anda half to go. Ellenberger drops for and completes a solid double leg. Sanchez fighting to his feet; he scrambles and takes Ellenberger’s back, pounding away at him with over a minute to go. Sanchez is wailing on Ellenberger, The Juggernaut doing just enough to survive. Sanchez is clearly tired, throwing blood-filled arms at Ellenberger. Ellenberger escapes with seconds to go and fires off a few punches.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez

Jake Ellenberger defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ellenberger calls Sanchez the toughest guy he’s ever fought and says it was an honor to fight a warrior like that and a great test of his skills.

Sanchez reveals that a badly sprained ankle accompanied him into this fight.