A few observations from UFC on Fuel TV: “Sanchez vs. Ellenberger”:

-Thank you, Bernardo Magalhaes, for reminding us that being a badass MMA competitor in Australia < being a badass competitor in the United States.

-Ditto for Anton Kuivanen and Finland.

-Jonathan Brookins wasn’t the first TUF winner to lose right out of the gate in his first post-TUF fight (hi Joe Stevenson!), but still, that’s a crappy club to belong to. Good for him for getting a solid win.

-If not for that damn Diego Sanchez, Ivan Menjivar and John Albert’s spirited back-and-forth was a shoe-in for that “Fight of the Night” bonus. Woo-wee did they do a lot of fighting in three minutes and forty-five seconds.

-I’ll say this for Walel Watson, the man is unbreakable.

-Why did it look like Stipe Miocic and Philip De Fries were fighting in molasses? Pair Miocic up against someone with speed, like Lavar Johnson, and he’s going to have his head knocked clean off.

-Has Aaron Simpson ever had a fight where he didn’t take a beating?

-Did you know that if you squinted your eyes while watching the Stefan Struve/Dave Herman fight, the hirsute Herman looked exactly like Kimbo Slice?

-For the first two rounds of Sanchez vs. Ellenberger, I thought our man Diego was on the verge of getting killed. But the dude just does not let up, and though he lacked his opponent’s power, he was able to wear Ellenberger down and work some of his magic. No, Sanchez will never be the champ. However, he is certainly the new Chris Lytle, giving it all in the cage and pleasing the fans.