The UFC continues its busy stretch in 2012 as the promotion puts on its first show on FUEL TV tonight. The UFC puts on an unusual Wednesday night card as welterweights Jake Ellenberger (26-5) and Diego Sanchez (25-4) battle in the main event.
The evening begins at 4:20 PM with preliminary fights on Facebook. Just click "Like" on the UFC's Facebook page to view the fights. SIx fighters will make their UFC debuts on the Facebook card including: Buddy Roberts, Justin Salas and Tim Means.
"The Ultimate Fighter" season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins (12-4) faces Vanger Rocha on the Facebook preliminary card. Brookins lost to Eric Koch in September of 2011 in his last fight. Rocha (7-2) is 1-1 in the UFC and is making his featherweight debut.
At 6 PM, the action shifts over to FUEL TV with a six fight main card. T.J Dillashaw (5-1) faces Walel Watson (9-3) in a bantamweight bout. The main card also features two heavyweight bouts, Stefan Struve faces Dave Herman in the co-main event and Stipe Miocic battles with Philip De Fries.
Aaron Simpson (11-2) , fighting out of Power MMA in Gilbert, faces Ronny Markes (12-1) in a middleweight contest. Simpson, the former Arizona State All-American wrestler, has one three fights in a row since a loss to Mark Munoz in 2010. Simpson spent nine seasons as an assistant wrestling coach for the Sun Devils after compiling 110 wins in his wrestling career.
Full bout list with odds and predictions below:
Main Card (6 PM- FUEL TV):
Welterweight: Jake Ellenberger (-325) vs. Diego Sanchez (+250)
SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Ellenberger via knockout
Heavyweight: Stefan Struve (+115) vs. Dave Herman (-145)
SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Struve via knockout
Middleweight: Aaron Simpson (-115) vs. Ronny Markes (-115)
SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Simpson via unanimous decision
Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic (-500) vs. Philip De Fries (+350)
SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Miocic via unanimous decision
SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Watson via knockout
SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Menjivar via knockout
Preliminary Card (4:20 PM- Facebook):
Featherweight: Jonathan Brookins (-225) vs. Vanger Rocha (+175)
SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Rocha via submission
Middleweight: Buddy Roberts (-160) vs. Sean Loeffler (+130)
SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Roberts via unanimous decision
SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Salas via submission
Lightweight: Tim Means (EV) vs. Bernardo Magalhaes (-130)
SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Means via unanimous decision
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