UFC 126 Results: Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha

Written by Michael Lambarde on Feb. 05, 2011

Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha

Round One: Ellenberger landed a left hook right off the bat and then went for a takedown but Rocha flipped him over. Ellenberger got up quickly though, controlled the clinch, and got a takedown into side control. Rocha was able to explode to his feet though. Rocha went for a takedown, got it, and ended up in side control. Rocha controlling on the ground but not striking at all.

Rocha got the back as Ellenberger tried to scramble but Ellenberger escaped back to side control. Rocha moved to north south and tried to control the leg to set up a leg lock but Ellenberger exploded to his feet. Rocha threw a spinning back kick but slipped. Rocha went for a takedown late but Ellenberger sprawled out. Rocha grabbed an arm and flipped him with a kimura and almost finished it but just lost the position and couldn’t regain it as the round ended. Beautiful jiu-jitsu by Rocha and great control on the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Rocha.

Round Two: Ellenberg stuffed a takedown landed some knees but Rocha blocked most of them. Rocha went for another takedown but Ellenberger again stuffed it and landed some punches. Very tentative striking from both guys but Rocha is throwing some hard kicks that are blocked. Ellenberger loading up on his right hand and it’s not there. Ellenberger landing some good lefts but they are few and far between. Rocha just missed with a flying knee. Ellenberger got a late takedown and Rocha went for a takedown but the round ended. Uneventful round but the takedown probably won it for Ellenberger, even though Rocha attacked off his back 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Ellenberger.

Round Three: Rocha landing some good leg kicks to start the round. After a wild swing by both men, Ellenberger was able to block a takedown attempt. Rocha kept throwing leg kicks as Ellenberger struggled to land anything. Ellenberger landed a good straight right as Rocha threw a kick, which is the most significant strike of the round. Ellenberger clinched and threw some knees before backing away.

Ellenberger pushed Rocha down as he threw a head kick but then he let him up. Rocha kept throwing kicks but Ellenberger landed a right hand. Ellenberger got a takedown with just over 30 seconds left and landed some good short elbows. Ellenberger stood and threw a big right hand that missed as the round ended. Another semi-close round but Ellenberger should get the nod based on the takedowns and right hands. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Ellenberger and the fight 29-28 for Ellenberger.

Result: Jake Ellenberger def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha via Split Decision

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