UFC On Fuel Ellenberger Vs. Sanchez: Wrestling Observer / Figure 4 Online Predictions & Preview



UFC On Fuel 1Compiled by Josh Nason

The UFC has a rare Wednesday night card with tonight's UFC On Fuel, the first live event they're airing on the fledgling network. Around 37 million viewers across the U.S. will be able to see the event, meaning a lot of streaming will likely be happening.

Look for an audio preview show featuring yours truly, Bryan Alvarez and the Houston Chronicle's Jeremy Botter at 5 PM EST today.

Our panel who has some interesting picks as always:

- Dave Meltzer (18-6): Wrestling Observer founder & writer

- Todd Martin (16-8): Weekly FFD guest & RAW recapper | LA Times | Sherdog

- Mike Sempervive (16-8): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare

- Oliver Copp (19-5) & Mike Sawyer (17-7) of Tough Talk: Show

- Josh Nason (14-10): FFD guest | FIGHT! Magazine | WGAM MMA Show | Bloody Elbow

Bryan sat this one out.

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Jake Ellenberger (26-5) vs. Diego Sanchez (23-4)


The man in prime contender position to fight UFC interim 170 pound champion Carlos Condit battles a wildman who has been through a litany of recent outside the cage issues, some of which are heartbreaking to hear. Amidst a five fight win streak, Ellenberger has four T/KO wins while Sanchez has just one career defeat by T/KO (B.J. Penn).

Ellenberger: Copp, Nason, Meltzer, Sempervive, Sawyer, Martin

Stefan Struve (22-5) vs. Dave Herman (21-2)

Struve is still searching for some consistency after a submission win over Pat Barry last October. He's been able to beat the dregs of the heavyweight division but hasn't been able to step up over the upper echelon talent he's faced. He has a tough out in Herman, who won his UFC debut last June but has been on the shelf with issues related to a positive marijuana test that turned out to be false.

Struve: Meltzer, Sempervive
Herman:
Copp, Sawyer, Martin, Nason

Aaron Simpson (11-2) vs. Ronny Markes (12-1)

After back to back losses to Chris Leben and Mark Munoz, the 37-year-old Simpson has won three straight unanimous decisions. He fights the 23-year-old Markes, fresh off a unanimous decision win over Karlos Vemola in his UFC debut, part of a five fight win streak. This will be a good test to see where both guys are in the 185-pound mix.

Simpson: Copp, Sawyer
Markes:
Meltzer, Sempervive, Nason, Martin

Stipe Miocic (7-0) vs. Philip De Fries (8-0-0-1)

Somebody's 0 must go…unless there's a draw! Miocic picked up a unanimous decision win in his UFC debut over Joey "Double Tough" Beltran, snapping a streak where he finished six straight opponents. De Fries made his UFC debut in a boring decision win over Rob Broughton, snapping his own streak of submitting every opponent he's beaten. This fight could be really good or really blah.

Miocic: Copp, Meltzer, Sempervive, Sawyer, Nason, Martin

T.J. Dillashaw (4-1) vs. Walel Watson (9-3)

Dillashaw was the victim of a quick stoppage at the hands of John Dodson in the 135-pound TUF 14 finale. Watson dropped a tight split decision to Yves Jabouin at December's UFC 140. Fun fact: 12 of their 13 combined wins have been finishes.

Dillashaw: Copp, Sempervive, Sawyer, Nason, Martin
Watson:
Meltzer

Follow along with all of the play-by-play here at WrestlingObserver.com with Dave Meltzer around 5 PM EST for the prelims and 8 PM EST for the finals.