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The Daily Recap: Valimaki-Al Hassan Cancelled, Denis Retires & More

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UFC veterans Victor Valamaki and Razak Al-Hassan were scheduled to fight yesterday at Aggression FC 14 in Edmonton, Alberta. The fight was cancelled when doctors refused to allow Valimaki to fight.

Valimaki apologized on Facebook, “Sorry guys, doc wouldn’t let me fight due to kidney failure from too big of a weight cut. Thanks everyone for the support, I feel like shit for letting everyone down. Time for a move up in weight so watch out heavyweights!”

Yves Edwards and Jeremy Stephens will finally lock horns at UFC on Fox 5 as it’s being reported that Stephens will step in and replace John Cholish who was forced to withdraw with a groin injury. Stephens and Edwards were originally slated to fight at UFC on FX 5 but the fight was scrapped when Stephens was arrested on an old warrant. [MMA Junkie]

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UFC on FUEL TV Video Highlights

Courtesy of FOX Sports, here are some video highlights of last night's fights from the inaugural UFC on FUEL TV event, which saw hometown boy Jake Ellenberger outlast Diego Sanchez to earn a unanimous decision over three rounds in the main event.

Above is a video recap of Ellenberger and Sanchez's battle. After the jump, highlights from Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman, Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson and additional bouts can be seen.

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UFC on FUEL Notebook: Ellenberger Seeking Condit Rematch, Future Main Events Now Five Rounds & More

Jake Ellenberger. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

UFC President Dana White had a lot to say following a successful debut on FUEL TV on Wednesday night, but it was welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger that finally broke out of his shell and suggested a rematch with interim champion Carlos Condit while Georges St. Pierre heals at last night's post-fight press conference.

Ellenberger was asked about the possibility of a second fight with Condit following his unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez last night in a post-fight interview with Jon Anik. However, the Omaha native didn't say much, stating that he was unsure what was next.

The 26-year-old took on Condit in his UFC debut back in September 2009, dropping a razor-close split decision that saw Ellenberger nearly put Condit's lights out in the first round.

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Ellenberger Outlasts Sanchez at First-Ever UFC on FUEL TV Show

Jake Ellenberger. Photo property of IFL.

Jake Ellenberger took all he could handle from tenacious veteran Diego Sanchez but ended up earning a unanimous decision in front of his hometown crowd in the main event of the first-ever UFC on FUEL TV event in Ellenberger's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska on Wednesday night.

The fight capped off an action-packed card at what looked to be a sold-out Omaha Civic Auditorium. The partisan crowd saw Ellenberger take one step closer to a UFC welterweight title shot with his six straight win in the division.

Ellenberger, who currently trains alongside Mark Munoz at Reign MMA, controlled the fight early on, frustrated Sanchez with good footwork and a steady diet of jabs and strong right hands. An always game Sanchez remained in the pocket and tried to keep up with his foe, landing occasional shots.

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Previewing UFC on Fuel 1: The Main Card

Diego Sanchez. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Fresh off of an event last weekend, the UFC is getting right back into the swing of things with a special Wednesday show, their first-ever on FUEL TV. Luckily for Comcast subscribers and other who don’t have/aren’t able to get the network, this week is a free preview week and a lot of carriers are taking part.

So two days from now Jake Ellenberger is going to put his status at a top contender in the UFC’s welterweight division on the line against hard-nosed veteran Diego Sanchez, is who riding a win streak of his own and looking to return to the division’s upper-echelon.

UFC on Fuel TV 1 will also feature a heavyweight collision between Stefan Struve and Dave Herman as well as a middleweight battle pitting Aaron Simpson against Ronny Markes. Here’s a preview of the main card, which can be seen in its entirety after the jump.

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Judging Diego Sanchez vs Martin Kampmann


Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

After Diego Sanchez chased Martin Kampmann around and swung away during the final seconds of their UFC on Versus III main event clash on Thursday night, I thought for sure that I had just witnessed one of the best and bloodiest fights of the year to date, but also a candidate for 2011's top comeback in a bout.

In fact, I thought it was a no-brainer in that a couple of minutes, Diego Sanchez's hand was going to be raised, unquestionably. It was.

But then the boos came raining down from those in attendance at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. Joe Rogan comforted a disappointed Kampmann and told him that he thought he had won. I received some texts from friends asking why judges keep messing up decisions this days. And then I wondered, was I even watching the same fight? Did I miss something?

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Diego Sanchez Signs New 8-Fight Deal With UFC


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Lightweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez has signed a new eight-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The first bout on Sanchez’s new deal will come December 12 in Memphis, Tennessee when he vies for the UFC lightweight title in a battle with current champion B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn.

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Report: Penn to Meet Sanchez at UFC 105


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B.J. Penn will reportedly defend his UFC lightweight title against “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez in a bout that will likely headline UFC 105, which is slated to take place on November 14 in Manchester, England.

The news comes from UK-based Fighters Only Magazine, which reports that Sanchez has been offered the title shot but nothing is official at the moment. Both Penn and Sanchez expressed interest in facing each other in recent weeks.

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The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale Live Results

We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale”, which takes place at the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The show’s main card will be televised live in North America starting at 9 PM ET on Spike TV.

The event will be headlined by an anticipated lightweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida. Past “Ultimate Fighter” winners Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz will also clash on the main card.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.

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Fight of the Day: Diego Sanchez vs. Rene Kronvold

From King of the Cage 24: “Mayhem” in June 2003, here’s UFC lightweight contender and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Diego Sanchez taking on Rene Kronvold.

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