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Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger to Headline UFC’s First FUEL TV Broadcast on 2/15

(By the end of his war with Kampmann, Diego Sanchez had suffered a split lip, two slashed-up eyes, and a complete loss of body hair.)

According to reports on MMAJunkie and Heavy, the UFC will be holding an event in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 15th, headlined by a promising welterweight contest between Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger. It will be the UFC’s first broadcast on the cable channel FUEL TV as part of the promotion’s new television deal with FOX Networks.

Sanchez has scored decision wins in his last two fights against Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann, both of which earned him Fight of the Night awards. Though his matchup with Ellenberger was originally rumored to take place at UFC 141 on December 30th, Sanchez needed a little more time to recover from a broken hand, which he sustained shortly before his scheduled UFC 135 meeting with Matt Hughes.

As for Ellenberger, the fast-rising contender has knocked off his last five opponents in the Octagon, including KO/TKO wins over Mike Pyle, John Howard, Sean Pierson, and most recently Jake Shields. Ellenberger was born and raised in Omaha, but hasn’t competed in his hometown since 2005. Can Ellenberger’s hometown hero status overcome Sanchez’s power of positivity?

UFC on FUEL 1 is not to be confused with UFC on FX 1 (January 20th, Nashville, headlined by Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller), and also not to be confused with UFC on FOX 2 (January 28th, Chicago, possibly featuring Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz). In other words, keeping track of the UFC’s event schedule is going to be a total pain in the ass next year.

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Iskander Neptu- November 30, 2011 at 11:31 am
@ McLuvin - Right on, totally ridiculous crowd-pleasing/incompetent call.

Ellenberger landing a haymaker on Shields does not make him a good striker. Power, sure. But Diego will shoot immediately and has a great chin and better cardio. He will blunt big EL in the first, sap all that power and then work for a UD.
Personally I hope Diego gets KTFO'd. Poser.
XENOPHON- November 30, 2011 at 9:01 am
alirght...i"ll take that bet of yours bra. For a whole whopping buck.
Fingers crossed, but I expect dirty-Sanchez has better cardio, is is far more aggressive. He also has the advantage in taking it to the ground. I'd give him the striking department too.
If Hellenberger can throw some blows that land, and damage Diego's face early, that may be his best opening strategy, as we can see - DS tends to have his face swell shut..
BelieveInThePowerOfOne- November 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm
Fuck Sanchez! the guy is a tampon, only good for catching blood... Ellenberger wins by bloody massacre, but Diego wins for having "heart" which means, getting the shit kicked out of him and not really doing much but swinging for the fences...
XENOPHON- November 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm
"....and a complete loss of body hair."
LOL, funny caption! He does look like he used a bottle of NAIR - hair removal.
Spicymeatball- November 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm
Don't see how Sanchez wins this one, Ellenberger at this point is a better/more powerful striker, and a better wrestler. Unless he gases or Diego somehow out strikes him while avoiding a KO on the feet. I give Diego no shot, and Diego will go on to beat Ellenberger via Split Decision just to prove me wrong. Sanchez/Kampmann should have been a draw.
Get Off Me- November 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm
Diego doing his best Jenna Jameson impression.
McLuvin- November 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Fried Taco Says:
Tue, 11/29/11 - 02:01

Diego lost this one according to Stockton rules, right?

Diego lost that fight by any rules! Retarded judges saved him then apparently moved to Poland.
RwilsonR- November 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Would have rather seen Ellenberger beat Fitch, but I'll watch him beat Diego.
oc in this bitch- November 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm
look at that face ur tellin me he didnt get the shit kicked out of him?lol what a joke.kampmann should have this fight.diego is gonna get horrified.kampmann should be 11-2 in the ufc he beat diego and shields easily.but ellenburger should be fighting roid back mcdonald,now that would be a great fight.
El Guapo- November 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm
"Sometimes when you win, you really lose" would've been a better caption. And fuck you, Danga.
Iskander Neptu- November 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Fried Taco, you rule.
Diego UD. Too much Stamina for Jake. He will be outworked.
As Good As Anyone- November 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm
Jake by Reverse "YES" Cartwheel KO

Hey Potato, your brother in nutsack huggery- Jimmo just got hired by the UFC. Figured you'd be all over that.
HusseinObama- November 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm
Sanchez by power of positivty untl he gets KTFO.
Fried Taco- November 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm
Diego lost this one according to Stockton rules, right?
ThePeoplesTroll- November 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Ellenberger by TKO.