After Sanchez/Ellenberger, White say's he "blew it" and fight should have been five rounder, and in future all TV main events will be!
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by John Morgan on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:50 am ET
OMAHA, Neb. – If you were left begging for two more rounds after Jake Ellenberger's thrilling three-round victory over Diego Sanchez, you weren't alone.
Following Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event in Omaha, Neb., UFC president Dana White admitted he "blew it," and all future main events will feature five rounds.
"Already thought and done," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm actually pissed at myself about it, so yeah."
The UFC first implemented five-round non-title fights this past June.
"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," White said following a UFC 131 pre-fight press conference.
However, when the UFC later signed a multi-year deal with the FOX family of networks, it turned out the new change only applied to pay-per-view and FOX-aired contests, leaving FX and FUEL TV with three-round main events.
No longer, said White.
"I can do 33 rounds on FUEL TV if I want to," White said. "FUEL TV can't get enough.
"We blew it tonight. It should have been a five-round fight."
Many MMA fans and pundits felt the same after Sanchez called up third-round heroics, blasting Ellenberger on the feet and nearly scoring a finish on the floor. However, Sanchez had clearly dropped the opening two rounds and was forced to settle for a unanimous-decision loss.
With the tide turned, Sanchez simply ran out of time, and many observers believe an additional 10 minutes could have changed the course of the fight.
There are a few notable exceptions to the new policy: The Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann headliner of UFC on FX 2 and the Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Alexander Gustafsson main event at UFC on FUEL TV 2 will remain three-round affairs. With bout agreements already in place, White said it wouldn't make sense to try and change the terms of the contracts.
Dana White Says All Main Events Will Be Five Rounds From Now On
Posted on February 16, 2012 by MMAWeekly.com Staff
(great pic Dana)
“We blew it.”
It was as simple as that according to UFC president Dana White, who said after an exciting three-round war between Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez, that it should have been a five-round fight.
The UFC changed the policy on non-title main events in 2011 so all of them would be five rounds.
That was until the new deal with Fox was struck and the main events for the shows on FX and Fuel would fall under the old rules of a three-round main event.
The first UFC on FX main event between Jim Miller and Melvin Guillard was also scheduled as a three-round fight, but it didn’t make it out of the first.
What resulted on Wednesday night between Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez was a back-and-forth battle that could have absolutely gone on longer than the 15 minutes allotted. After Ellenberger took the first two rounds, Sanchez came storming back in the third, taking his opponent’s back and firing away with big shots trying to get the finish. The fight ended before Sanchez could put Ellenberger away, but there’s no denying the swing in momentum.
Unfortunately the end of the third round was also the end of the fight.
White now says after learning from this mistake that all future main events will be five rounds, regardless of being on FX, Fuel, Fox, or pay-per-view.
The next scheduled show on FX is on March 3 with the main event pitting Thiago Alves against Martin Kampmann, but with bout agreements already in place and the fight being only two weeks away, it will remain a three-round fight.
White also stated that the upcoming UFC on Fuel TV 2 main event between Alexander Gustafsson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira would remain a three-round fight, again because bout agreements have already been issued and signed for that fight.