UFC 126 Play-by-Play: Carlos Eduardo Rocha vs. Jake Ellenberger

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Carlos Eduardo Rocha vs. Jake Ellenberger

Round 1: Quick takedown by Rocha, but they immediately pop up to their feet in an upper body clinch. Rocha goes for a leg trip, but Ellenberger puts him on his back, landing in side control. They scramble and get up, but Rocha quickly takes it back down and begins working from side control. Ellenberger tries to escape, but Rocha is all over him, taking his back and scrambling back around to side control again. Rocha moves from a north-south position, trying to secure one of Ellenberger’s legs, but ends up back in side control. Ellenberger escapes and they’re back to their feet. Rocha shoots, but eats a knee to the body. Rocha misses with a spinning high kick. Rocha shoots, Ellenberger defends briefly, but Rocha secures a Kimura attempt. Ellenberger escapes just before the horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Rocha.

Round 2: They clinch and Ellenberger unleashes some hard knees. Rocha shoots and Ellenberger pushes his head down, landing some punches, but allows Rocha back to his feet. Rocha misses with a spinning heel kick. The pace slows through the middle part of the round, both fighters slinging one-off shots, but not landing much. Ellenberger scores a takedown with about 20 seconds left in the round, but neither is able to do much once they hit the mat. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Ellenberger.

Round 3: Rocha goes for a shot, but takes a few punches from Ellenberger before returning to his feet. Rocha landing some leg kicks, and Ellenberger landing a few single punches, neither lighting things up with two minutes left in the fight. Ellenberger misses a wide punch and his follow-up takedown attempt. Rocha lands a leg kick, but Ellenberger moves in for a clinch, landing a couple knees to the body. The crowd gets restless and starts booing, but just then Ellenberger stops Rocha’s attack, landing some hard punches. They dance in the middle of the Octagon for a bit and Ellenberger scores a takedown with 30 seconds left. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Ellenberger.

Jake Ellenberger def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha by Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28), R3

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