Ellenberger survives several close submissions to edge decision win

Saturday, February 05, 2011

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 Jake Ellenberger
Height 5′ 10″ (177.8 cm)
Weight 174 (78.93 kg)
Record 22-5-0
Team Mid-America Martial Arts


Name Carlos Eduardo Rocha No Headshot Available
Height 5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)
Weight 170 (77.11 kg)
Record 2-0-0
Jake Ellenberger def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)