Thursday, 16 February 2012 10:25
Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger fought a war last night, a war that went three rounds. In the first two rounds, Ellenberger controlled the action and landed the cleaner shots, winning both rounds on all three judges scorecards. In the third round, however, Sanchez starting coming on strong, and by the end of the round he had Ellenberger's back and was landing hard shot's to Jake's face. Sanchez won the last round unanimously, but lost the decision by the score of 29-28 on all cards.
After the fight, Sanchez said:
“I thought all main events are supposed to be five-rounds, what happened? I’m ready for more!”
Diego wasn't alone in that regard. A lot of fans were shocked that the fight was only scheduled for 3 rounds, and it was disappointing that it ended so quickly. Two more rounds could have changed the outcome for Sanchez because he was really starting to pick up steam. His cardio is second to none, and he would definitely benefit from five rounders.
Dana White also realized that making this main event a three rounder was a mistake:
“From this day forward, as we speak right here, right now today, every fight that is a main event that is not a title fight will be a five-round fight. I can do 33 rounds on FUEL TV if I want to. FUEL TV can’t get enough. We blew it tonight. It should have been a five-round fight.”
Too little too late for Diego Sanchez, but still a good idea. For some fights, three rounds simply doesn't cut it. Imagine if Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva was a fiver rounder instead of three? Dayum!
Props to Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger for a great fight. They picked up Fight of the Night honors, and a fat check, for their explosive confrontation. Hell, maybe even a rematch is order. You would hear any complaints from me.