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WEC 38 (January, 2009)

January 25

155 lbs. Title Fight – Jamie Varner [49] vs. Donald Cerrone [51]

  • MMA Records: Varner (15-2); Cerrone (9-0)
  • Preview: Whoever wins this fight will join the top of the pack in the lightweight division. After winning a decision in his 1st career fight, Jamie Varner has got a stoppage in his last 14 victories. He is a top level boxer with very good wrestling. He’s tough and has great stamina. Donald Cerrone won his 1st 8 fights by submission before winning a decision over Rob McCullough in one of the best fights in WEC history. Despite his gaudy submission resume, Cerrone can also strike. I don’t see him KOing Varner though. This could be an early fight-of-the-year candidate. Both guys are in their primes and both are hungry. I’m going with Cerrone by submission in the 4th round.
  • Result: Varner winner by Split Decision.
  • This fight was back and forth with Varner getting the takedowns at will. Cerrone worked a nice guard but ultimately couldn’t submit him. In the 5th round, Jamie was grazed by an illegal knee and the fight went to the judges who gave him the nod. He isn’t going to win many fans over after this one. The blow didn’t look that bad but he writhed about on the canvas as if he’d just been soccer kicked by Wanderlei Silva. The crowd booed his post-fight interview and he told them to f*ck off. Very immature reaction. Cerrone, meanwhile, could barely see after having both eyes swollen shut from punches by Varner. He gained a lot of fans with his gutsy performance. Varner has looked good his last few times out. It would be interesting to see how he would perform against a UFC lightweight. Varner rises to 36. Cerrone stays at 51.

145 lbs. – Urijah Faber [2] vs. Jens Pulver [10]

  • MMA Records: Faber (21-2); Pulver (22-10-1)
  • Preview: These guys just fought a 5-round war in June. Pulver’s heart was apparent but only because Faber was beating him pretty good. Faber took the Unanimous Decision but has since lost. Pulver is backed up against the wall. He’s lost 4 of his last 5 fights. He desperately needs a win. Faber needs to avoid losing 2 in a row. It will be interesting to see how Faber responds to being stopped in the 1st round. Will he be more cautious? I doubt it. He’s a wild man and will push the pace as always. Can Pulver still hang with the top fighters? I doubt it. Faber will get a 1st or 2nd round KO. 
  • Result: Faber winner by 1st round submission (guillotine choke).
  • Faber caught Jens with a vicious liver shot that was the beginning of the end. Pulver couldn’t recover and Urijah finished him. Jens has lost 3 in a row but they have come against the best in the world. Maybe he can’t compete against the top 10 but he is still a tough out for anyone. Faber stays at 2. Pulver drops to 15.

170 lbs. – Danillo Villefort vs. Mike Campbell

  • MMA Records: Villefort (8-2); Campbell (4-0)
  • Result: Villefort winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Danillo is a great grappler training at the prestigious American Top Team (ATT). This is his 2nd high-profile win in a row (he beat highly regarded Middleweight Mike Massenzio his last time out.) Future opponents will be well-advised to look out for his knee-bar. Villefort debuts at 62.

145 lbs. – Jose Aldo [18] vs. Rolando Perez

  • MMA Records: Aldo (12-1); Perez (4-1-1)
  • Result: Aldo winner by 1st round KO.
  • Watch out for Jose Aldo. He has one of the most technically sound striking games in the division, if not the most sound. The scary part is that isn’t even his greatest strength. He’s a blackbelt in jiu-jitsu. He will get a title shot very soon. Aldo rises to 12.

155 lbs. – Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Njokuani

  • MMA Records: Henderson (7-1); Njokuani (9-1)
  • Result: Henderson winner by 2nd round submission (guillotine choke)

170 lbs. – Hiromitsu Miura [58] vs. Edgar Garcia

  • MMA Records: Miura (9-5); Garcia (6-0)
  • Result: Garcia winner by 1st round KO.
  • Garcia debuts at 56. Miura drops to 63.

135 lbs. – Dominick Cruz [20] vs. Ian McCall

  • MMA Records: Cruz (11-1); McCall (7-1)
  • Result: Cruz winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Cruz rises to 16.

135 lbs. – Scott Jorgensen [17] vs. Frank Gomez

  • MMA Records: Jorgensen (5-2); Gomez (5-0)
  • Result: Jorgensen winner by 1st round submission (guillotine choke)
  • Jorgensen rises to 15.

170 lbs – Blas Avena vs. Jesse Lennox

  • MMA Records: Avena (5-2); Lennox (9-1)
  • Result: Lennox winner by 2nd round KO.
  • Lennox debuts at 74.

135 lbs. – Charlie Valencia [25] vs. Seth Dikun

  • MMA Records: Valencia (9-5); Dikun (6-2)
  • Result: Valencia winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Valencia rises to 23.

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