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UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir Photo Gallery

UFC champion Junior dos Santos – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir went down this past Saturday (May 26, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with bouts taking place across video stream on Facebook, television on FX, and pay-per-view.

Check out a partial photo gallery of the live event here or you can view the entire photo gallery at UFC.com.

Junior dos Santos lands a right hand on Frank Mir – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Junior dos Santos eyes Frank Mir at UFC 146 – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Cain Velasquez opens up Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Cain Velasquez walks away from the fallen 'Bigfoot' – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Roy Nelson drops Dave Herman – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Stipe Miocic opens up Shane Del Rosario – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

UFC 146 Shane Del Rosario – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Stefan Struve submits Lavar Johnson – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Lavar Johnson unloads on Stefan Struve – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

CB Dollaway dominates Jason Miller – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Dan Hardy UFC 146 walkout – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Dan Hardy celebrates his win over Duane Ludwig – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Jamie Varner earns his way back into the UFC – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Darren Elkins and his ear at UFC 146 – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Glover Teixeira makes a successful debut over Kyle Kingsbury – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

Mike Brown earns a win over Daniel Pineda – Photo by Donald Miralle via UFC.com

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History in the Making: Jake Ellenberger earns his first Octagon win over veteran Mike Pyle at UFC 108

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Jake Ellenberger had been fighting for nearly five years when he finally got the call from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). It’s the moment every single person who straps on four ounce gloves hopes to one day see.

However, it wasn’t under the most ideal of circumstances. The fight promotion was in a pinch and needed the Omaha native to replace Chris Lytle who was set to take on Carlos Condit but bowed out due to injury. “The Juggernaut” had only a little over a month to prepare for the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Welterweight Champion.

Regardless, when opportunity came knocking on Ellenberger’s door, he wasn’t going to let the chance to fight for the UFC pass him.

“The Juggernaut” fell short against the now-interim welterweight champ but fought well enough to earn one of the judge’s decisions. Beyond that, Ellenberger impressed countless fans who had never even heard of him before that night in Oklahoma City.

But kudos don’t pay the bills. A victory inside the Octagon is something else altogether and necessary for any fighter not looking to find a place in an unemployment line.

Ellenberger finally got that win a few months later when he took on veteran Mike Pyle during a preliminary bout at UFC 108. He steps inside the Octagon this Friday (June 1) in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale and he’ll be facing off against fellow 170-pound title contender Martin Kampmann.

Before he does, we’ll take a look at his bout against Pyle, an impressive victory for “The Juggernaut.”

Let’s go.

The Omaha native begins the fight by immediately pressuring Pyle in the stand up exchanges. Not content to throw single punches, Ellenberger strings together combinations which eventually lead to a takedown. Now on top of his opponent, “The Juggernaut” goes to work.

Using his stifling wrestling acumen, Ellenberger is able to keep Pyle on his back but the decade-plus veteran keeps his opponent from landing any kind of significant offense. In addition to keeping Ellenberger on his heels through excellent defensive grappling, “Quicksand” also manages to sneak in a couple of loose submission attempts. None stick or really threaten but Ellenberger must be careful to avoid getting choked out by the wily veteran.

With 90 seconds remaining in the opening round, Pyle is able to kick his opponent off who rises back to his feet. The referee affords “Quicksand” the chance to get back up and both fighters are once again vertical.

The change in position doesn’t last long as Ellenberger barrels through with a textbook takedown. But once again, Pyle immediately begins working towards a submission, locking his opponent’s arm in a kimura. Attempting to crank Ellenberger’s arm back, Pyle threatens to end the fight in the first round but “The Juggernaut” defends perfectly and ends up in half-guard.

As the seconds tick down to zero, Ellenberger unloads an explosion of ground and pound. Like a wrecking ball attached to the end of his arm, his fist crashes against Pyle’s head and body, forcing the Xtreme Couture fighter to spend a few moments on the canvas following the end of the round.

Perhaps he wasn’t fully recovered from the barrage as he exited his corner a minute later to begin the second stanza. It’s possible as it only took Ellenberger another 22 seconds to end the fight.

A low kick from Pyle earns him a counter left straight and an ensuing takedown attempt is stuffed easily by Ellenberger. As they’re clinched up, “The Juggernaut” nails his opponent with a knee to the body and when Pyle raises his head, he eats a beautiful 1-2 combination. The first doesn’t connect flush but the second drops “Quicksand” like a ton of bricks.

From there, “The Juggernaut” lives up to his moniker as he unloads an absolute blitzkrieg of ground and pound. The scent of blood was there inside the Octagon and Ellenberger seemed more great white shark than man. The referee allowed Pyle a few seconds to recover but when someone with the power the Omaha native has is raining down punches on you, recovery isn’t likely and probably downright impossible.

Ellenberger hopes to have Kampmann in a similar position this weekend and earn himself a title shot and rematch against Condit. He hasn’t lost since his bout against “The Natural Born Killer” and is riding a six-fight win streak, including victories over Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez, two fighters who came out on top when facing “The Hitman.”

Will we see another “Juggernaut” knockout?

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And Now He’s Fired: Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller Released over “Crazy Sh*t Backstage”


Mayhem Miller and the UFC? I never want to see those two again. Props: MMAFighting.com

While it remains to be seen whether Jason “Mayhem” Miller will actually retire after his loss to C.B. Dollaway during last night’s UFC 146, he certainly won’t be having another fight in the UFC any time soon.

During last night’s post-event press conference, Dana White announced that the UFC has parted ways with Mayhem. While the news isn’t exactly surprising in any way, it’s interesting that Dana White cites “some crazy shit” that took place backstage as the reason for Miller’s release. Before you begin to speculate, the incident was not a fight. As of right now, there are no other details on the incident.

I was about to write that Jason Miller‘s UFC run has been forgettable, but honestly, it was much worse than that: His career in the UFC has been memorable for entirely the wrong reasons. He’s been little more than a class clown, insulting opponents during interviews and wearing ridiculous outfits only to get thoroughly dismantled in each of his appearances. He’s looked so bad throughout his UFC career that Dana White is on record claiming that he’s seen women in Tae Bo classes with better striking.

As for his final performance in the octagon against middleweight gatekeeper C.B. Dollaway, the less we say the better. It’s one thing when a smartass hack journalist jokes about changing the channel to a basketball game during your “fight”. It’s a whole different story when your boss tweets that your fight “SUCKED!!!!” before the crowd is even done booing. Injured knee or not, if Mayhem was looking to go out on a high note, he failed miserably.

Rarely one to shy away from expressing his thoughts, Dana White commented further on Mayhem’s final performance for the UFC during the press conference. “The thing is with Mayhem Miller, his last fight was embarrassing that he had with Michael Bisping after his season of The Ultimate Fighter,” said White. “Then he still comes out with pink shit on at the weigh-ins or whatever the hell he was wearing. The guy doesn’t take it serious and he looked it tonight.” Ouch.

So what do you think happens now for Jason Miller? Does he actually retire from MMA? Does he stick to crushing cans at local shows? Do you think Bellator takes a chance on him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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