Ellenberger survives several close submissions to edge decision win

by Brent Brookhouse | source: sbnation.com
 

I am obviously a huge fan of mixed martial arts. I devote a crazy amount of time to watching fights and following the daily developments of the MMA world. But even as a fan of the sport it is hard to appreciate the second and third rounds of the UFC 126 fight between Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Eduardo Rocha.

In the first round Rocha managed to get a takedown and move to side control where he dominated the round from side control. There was a brief moment where the fight was almost finished in an americana submission but Ellenberger survived. The second and third rounds were fought standing up with neither man doing much in terms of effective work. Ellenberger would occasionally land punches while Rocha would throw wild shots that tended to miss. In both rounds Ellenberger scored late takedowns to make a case for winning the round.

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Jake Ellenberger Vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Jake Ellenberger <a href=Jake Ellenberger" />
Height 5′ 10″ (177.8 cm)
Weight 174 (78.93 kg)
Record 22-5-0
Team Mid-America Martial Arts
VS
Name Carlos Eduardo Rocha No Headshot Available
Height 5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)
Weight 170 (77.11 kg)
Record 2-0-0
Team  
 
 
 
 
 
Jake Ellenberger def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

 

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RJJH site profile image  

2/6/11 10:53 AM by RJJH

good fight, I thought Rocha won the fight CLEARLY!I knew Jake couldn't handle his ground game but MMA judging fails once again.and the ref kim should be drawn and quartered

Kostakio site profile image  

2/6/11 10:23 AM by Kostakio

It was the best fight of the night, imo.

kelby site profile image  

2/6/11 10:01 AM by kelby

that was the best display of ground work i have every seen in the ufc. awesome. Ellenberger needs to work on escapes.

Arecsa site profile image  

2/6/11 2:32 AM by Arecsa

Cant wait to see if that douche Keith Kizer can explain how some fucking idiot had it 30-27 for Rocha.

Lite site profile image  

2/6/11 2:03 AM by Lite

I can agree with Ellenberger's win. He gamed the system, with takedowns at near the end of the rounds. He was about to get in trouble each time, but then the bell rang. Whatever. That's how it works.But god damn, that clinic Rocha ran on him in that first round. It was amazing.

Marzz site profile image  

2/5/11 11:16 PM by Marzz

Ellenberger did not look good.

BJJkilla site profile image  

2/5/11 11:11 PM by BJJkilla

lol rocha landed more kicks than jake landed strikes the last 2 rounds.

AbbeyRoadMe site profile image  

2/5/11 11:10 PM by AbbeyRoadMe

I think one judge just didn't watch the fight at all. When the fight was over he looked up and saw Rocha's cornerman parading him around on his shoulder and jotted down 30-27 Rocha. That's my theory.

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2/5/11 11:10 PM by morientesfan910

this 

JTRipper site profile image  

2/5/11 11:09 PM by JTRipper

That guy who carried Rocha around celebrating must have paid off that one judge and was hoping another would give rocha the split.