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.

A rematch for the title would be Ellenberger's ideal next appearance.

“Obviously, I’d love to get a rematch with Condit,” Ellenberge revealed at the presser. “That’s my goal right now,  obviously to win the world title, but I’ve got some things to work on right now, so we’ll see where it goes from here. But if it was up to me, it would be Carlos."

All future main events to be five rounds

After social media started to ask why Ellenberger's main event duel with Sanchez wasn't a five-rounder just like PPV and FOX matches, White proclaimed that all main event bouts, regardless of what medium they are aired on, will now be five rounds moving forward.

"Already thought and done," White said when asked . "I'm actually pissed at myself about it, so yeah. "From this day forward, as we speak right here, right now today, every fight that is a main event that is not a title fight will be a five-round fight. 

"I can do 33 rounds on FUEL TV if I want to. "FUEL TV can't get enough. We blew it tonight. It should have been a five-round fight."

Sanchez looking for big fights at welterweight, lightweight

Following a near come-from-behind win that resulted in defeat last night, Sanchez says that he's stilll very much in the game and interested in moving forward with his career, looking for big-name fights that interest fighters and the fans alike.

“I’m gonna take the fights that propel me to the biggest stage, get these main events, super big fights,” Sanchez said. “155 is never out of the question. I’m gonna talk to my coaches, talk to my manager, and talk to Joe Silva, Dana White, and see what fight we can put together. But more than likely, I’ll probably be staying at welterweight.”

Other notes

Last night's event drew a reported attendance of 6,283 and a live gate of $405,895 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium... Post-fight bonuses were handed out to Stipe Miocic (Knockout of the Night), Ivan Menjivar (Submission of the Night) and Ellenberger and Sanchez (Fight of the Night). All fighters received $50,000.

In a mini state-of-the-UFC address last night, White said that he hopes the Nevada State Athletic Commission treats Nick Diaz fairly and not how they did with Chael Sonnen, that in-fight statistics such as the ones shown last night on FUEL TV's broadcast are here to stay, that Condit should probably wait for GSP as it is such a big-fight, and that he is not interested in bringing in former champion TIm Sylvia and football great turned Strikeforce veteran Herschel Walker into the UFC's heavyweight division.


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