Last night UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger had the type of evening fighters dream about. Headlining his first event against as apt an adversary as can be found floating around the division, Ellenberger not only put on an incredible performance but did so in front of his hometown fans in the same building where he walked the stage to receive his high school diploma. The 26-year old Ellenberger held on to earn a convincing decision win after a late surge by Sanchez nearly derailed his hopes of having his hand raised.
Were that not enough, Ellenberger received a little post-victory icing on his already sweet cake when it was announced his collective work with Diego Sanchez netted Fight of the Night honors. The distinction earned each an additional $50,000 on top of their regularly contracted rates.
Meanwhile, Submission of the Night went to Ivan Menjivar who also mounted a comeback of his own after eating some stiff shots from opponent John Albert in the early stages of their pairing. He too won $50,000 for the award, as did Stipe Miocic who got Knockout of the Night in a similar fashion, weathering a storm from foe Philip De Fries before ultimately picking up a strike-based stoppage.
All UFC on Fuel 1 bonuses were announced at the post-event press conference.
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