First FOX, then FX, and now Fuel TV.
The UFC has announced the organization’s first live event on Fuel TV, a February 15 show headlined by welterweight action in the form of Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger. The two had been rumored to rumble for some time with the specific date left to speculation while Sanchez healed from a broken hand, at least until now that is.
Were Ellenberger not enough of a challenge to begin with, the bout will also be taking place in Omaha, Nebraska where the 26-year old hails from.
Ellenberger has won his last five fights including a sub-minute knockout of former Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields in September at UFN 25. The 26-5 Ellenberger’s only loss inside the Octagon was the result of a Split Decision against Carlos Condit while racking up other stoppages over the likes of John Howard, Mike Pyle, and Sean Pierson.
An original Ultimate Fighter winner, Sanchez has strung together back-to-back wins over Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann and holds an overall record of 23-4 with past victories over Clay Guida, Kenny Florian, and Nick Diaz.
Fuel TV is owned by FOX making the show one of many the two sides have already planned for the first quarter of 2012 including two FX cards and one on FOX.
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