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UFC on FUEL 1 Results & Recap

UFC on FUEL 1 PosterUFC on FUEL 1 takes place later tonight at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. The event airs live on FUEL TV at 8pm ET/5pm PT. The broadcast will be preceded by a prelim special on Facebook and at 6:20pm ET/3:20pm PT.

In the main event, Diego Sanchez takes on Jake Ellenberger in a welterweight bout.

In the co-main event, Stefan Struve meets Dave Herman in a heavyweight match-up.

Ronny Markes takes on Aaron Simpson in a middleweight bout.

Philip De Fries and Stipe Miocic face off in a heavyweight match-up.

T.J. Dillashaw and Walel Watson square off a bantamweight contest.

Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.


  • Jake Ellenberger def. Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Stefan Struve def. Dave Herman via TKO (Punches) at 3:52 in Round 2
  • Ronny Markes def. Aaron Simpson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Stipe Miocic def. Philip De Fries via KO (Punches) at :43 in Round 1
  • T.J. Dillashaw def. Walel Watson via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
  • Ivan Menjivar def. John Albert via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:45 in Round 1
  • Jonathan Brookins def. Vagner Rocha via KO (Punches) at 1:32 in Round 1
  • Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts – Fight Canceled Due To Pre-Fight Ankle Injury
  • Justin Salas def. Anton Kuivanen via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
  • Tim Means def. Bernardo Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Recap & Thoughts

Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Tim Means: It seems the art of timing takedowns has yet to reach Australia, as Brazilian-by-way-of-Australia Magalhaes kept ducking his head and grasping blindly for his taller opponent’s legs, and kept eating Means’ knee in the process.  That was the first round.  In the second, Magalhaes ceased those fruitless takedown attempts and instead tried winging overhand rights – a ploy that enabled the American to dig punches into his body and pepper his head with knuckles.  Round 3 was no better for the Brazilian, and though to his credit he managed to survive to the end, there was no doubt who deserved the unanimous decision.

Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas: Kuivanen, heralded as one of the best lightweights out of Finland, was about on par with fellow Octagon newcomer Salas in terms of ability to inflict damage and showcase his skills – although Round 1 was punctuated by two successful takedowns the American Division 1 wrestler was able to score on the jiu-jitsu specialist.  They continued to chip away at each other in Round 2, with Kuivanen landing a hard kick to the body and Salas landing another takedown, making for a damn close fight and undoubtedly a tough one to score.  Takedowns made all the difference in the final frame, with Salas flexing his wrestling muscle and Kuivanen likely wishing he’d grown up in the United States.  When the judges’ scorecards were read, it was Salas who took the unanimous decision.

Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts: Thanks to a pre-fight injury to his ankle, Loeffler’s bout against Roberts was called off.

Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha: All it takes is one mistake – as Rocha will tell you once he wakes up from the instant slumber the TUF winner induced upon him.  The story of this bout was a failed takedown attempt by Rocha which resulted in him on the bottom, hunting for a heelhook while leaving his face exposed.  Oops!  A sudden barrage of punches by Brookins and Rocha was unconscious at 1:32 of Round 1.

John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar: In a ridiculously back-and-forth battle, Albert and Menjivar beat the bejeezus in a fight that lasted just under a round but had enough action for three fights.  Despite a height disadvantage, Menjivar managed to knock the TUF competitor to the ground, where he employed some brutal ground-and-pound (including a mean soccer kick to the body).  Albert kept up the pressure with an onslaught of submission attempts from his back, which included triangles, armbars, omoplatas and heelhooks.  Then they went back to their feet, where Albert began getting the better of Menjivar against the cage – and seemed on the verge of a TKO win.  But Menjivar rallied, got the takedown, began pounding once more, and found his way onto his opponent’s back.  Flattened out and getting choked seconds later, Albert had no choice but to tap out at 3:45 of the first round.

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson: Dillashaw came in with a plan that involved getting Watson down and working him over, and he wasted no time in implementing it.  Round 1 was a clear 10-8 round for the TUF runner-up, as he got Watson to the mat, took his back, and spent about four and a half minutes alternating between rear naked choke attempts and beating Watson about the head.  Round 2 was a carbon copy of the first, but Watson made it interesting in the third by jumping into a flying triangle attempt that Dillashaw had to work to escape from.  Still, Dillashaw was soon on his back again, and the TUFer took the clear-cut unanimous decision when time expired.

Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic: Lumbering at each other winging punches, De Fries and Miocic seemed to make a pact with the audience that one of them was going to be suffering traumatic brain injury, and after eating a couple right hands to the grill and firing back in kind (but by a multiple of about four), it was Miocic who sent De Fries to the canvas lost in La-La Land.  The official time of the knockout was a mere 43 seconds into Round 1.

Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson: The picture of durability and toughness, Simpson was getting outgunned on the feet by the Brazilian when it came to Round 1’s punching exchanges, but he took it all and found a spot on Markes’ chin to put his uppercut, with the ensuing swarm of fists on the dazed fighter giving the American the round for sure. The pace slowed considerably in the second, and with a successful bodylock takedown executed by Markes against the Division 1 wrestler, it was a round that belonged to the Brazilian.  Round 3 was close, so close that in the waning seconds of the bout you had to wonder if the judges were counting instances of who was hugging the best.  But Markes managed to get Simpson down with a takedown, and that probably did it; the judges more or less agreed, giving Markes the split decision.

Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman: It was a pretty even chess match of striking throughout the first round and a half, as Struve and Herman poked and prodded each other with kicks and punching combinations – neither one really gaining the advantage.  But something clicked in Struve midway through the second round, and as he turned up the intensity, he dropped Herman with an uppercut and took immediately took mount on the ground.  A barrage of fists from above signaled the ending sequence, with Herman having no means of escape and the referee stepping in at 3:52 of Round 2.

Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger: For all his speed, intensity and aggression, Sanchez was at a loss in dealing with Ellenberger’s power, which was plain as day in nearly every punch the up-and-comer landed on the TUF 1 winner.  In the first round, that power was on display when an Ellenberger counterpunch put his opponent on the canvas for the briefest of moments.  A slightly more wary Sanchez came out in Round 2, still intense and still aggressive, but he was unable to find a crack in Ellenberger’s armor, and wound up on his back eating elbows when Ellenberger took him down.  However, if Sanchez is anything, he’s relentless, and with about a minute and a half left in the final round, he began finding openings and putting his fists through them.  Ellenberger was forced to shoot for a takedown – a move he soon regretted when Sanchez scrambled onto his back and unloaded.  Ellenberger was able to hang in there, and when it was all over, he took the unanimous decision two rounds to one.

Bonuses $50,000

Submission of the Night: Ivan Menjivar
Knockout of the Night: Stipe Miocic
Fight of the Night: Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger

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