UFC on Fuel 1 Gets Menjivar-Albert Bantamweight Tilt
By: Mike Whitman Dec 20, 2011
UFC on Fuel 1 fight card continued to develop Tuesday, as
promotion officials announced that veteran Ivan Menjivar
will square off with “The Ultimate Fighter 14” cast member John Albert at
the Feb. 15 event.
The bantamweight contest joins a bill headlined by a pivotal
welterweight bout pitting Jake
Ellenberger against Diego
Sanchez. Situated at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., the
event marks the first of six planned live UFC events on Fox
subsidiary Fuel TV in 2012.
Eliminated by John Dodson in
the “TUF 14” quarterfinals, Albert made his official Octagon debut
at the Dec. 3 season finale, where the once-beaten Washingtonian
knocked out Dustin Pague
in just 69 seconds. Representing Victory Athletics, “Prince Albert”
has finished all seven of his conquered foes, earning four
knockouts in his four years as a professional.
Menjivar (Pictured), 29, debuted with the UFC as a lightweight in
2004, dropping a unanimous decision to Matt Serra. The
10-year veteran made his return to the Octagon at 135 pounds this
past April and notched a technical knockout victory over Charlie
Valencia. “The Pride of El Salvador” earned his second win of
2011 in August, besting Nick Pace by
unanimous decision at UFC 133.