Diego Sanchez, since emerging as the winner of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series nearly seven years ago, has been one of the more magnetic fighters in the UFC.
After experimenting at lightweight, he is 2-1 since returning to welterweight. He’s won back-to-back bouts and plans to return to title contention by upsetting Ellenberger’s apple cart.
Ellenberger, fighting on his home turf, has been on a tear since slipping in his Octagon debut, losing a split decision to current interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit. After knocking Jake Shields out in a Fight Night main event last September, he’ll look to add Sanchez to his current five-fight winning streak and put himself in an undeniable position for a title shot.
Both fighters hit the mark at 170 pounds apiece, looking fired up and ready to fight.
Ellenberger is pumped to fight on his home turf in Omaha, saying, “It’s definitely exciting to come back here. I’m focused and I’m looking to finish him.”
Sanchez, however, didn’t appear fazed by having to step into Ellenberger’s backyard.
“When they lock the door it’s just me and him in there and that’s all that matters.”
Co-main eventers Stefan Struve and Dave Herman, as heavyweights, didn’t have to worry much about making weight, although Struve is as big as he’s ever been in the Octagon, weighing in at 256 pounds. Herman stepped on the scale at 234 pounds.
UFC on Fuel TV 1: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger Weigh-in Results:
Main Card (on Fuel TV):
-Diego Sanchez (170) vs. Jake Ellenberger (170)
-Stefan Struve (256) vs. Dave Herman (234)
-Aaron Simpson (186) vs. Ronny Markes (185)
-Stipe Miocic (240) vs. Phil De Fries (241)
-T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Walel Watson (135)
-Ivan Menjivar (135) vs. John Albert (135)
Preliminary Bouts (on Facebook):
-Jonathan Brookins (145) vs. Vagner Rocha (145)
-Buddy Roberts (184) vs. Sean Loeffler (185)
-Anton Kuivanen (156) vs. Justin Salas (155)
-Tim Means (155) vs. Bernardo Magalhaes (155)