WEC 38 took place earlier this evening at the San Diego Sporta Arena in San Diego, California. The event was broadcast live on Versus.
Jamie Varner put his WEC Lightweight Championship on the line against Donald Cerrone.
Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver, both coming off losses, met in a rematch in the featherweight division.
Mike Campbell and Danny Villefort squared off in a welterweight match-up.
Jose Aldo faced Ronaldo Perez in a featherweight clash.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Jamie Varner defeats Donald Cerrone via Split Decision
- Urijah Faber defeats Jens Pulver via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round One
- Danillo Villefort defeats Mike Campbell via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Jose Aldo defeats Rolando Perez via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Charlie Valencia defeats Seth Dikun via Unanimous Decision
- Jesse Lennox defeats Blas Avena via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Scott Jorgensen defeats Frank Gomez via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Dominick Cruz defeats Ian McCall via Unanimous Decision
- Edgar Garcia defeats Hiromitsu Miura via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Benson Henderson defeats Anthony Njokuani via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round Two
Jose Aldo vs. Ronaldo Perez: A knee to chin is a bitch. That’s what Jose Aldo did to Perez, dropping him, and finishing it off with a few well placed strikes.
Danillo Villefort vs. Mike Campbell: Campbell was game, escaped a bunch of submissions, namely a tight kneebar, but in the end Campbell let Villefort get his back and flatten him out. Villefort didn’t even have to sink in the choke, just pounded on him until the ref stopped it.
Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver: In the words of Bas Rutten, liver shot! That, or at least a devastating body shot, is what Urijah landed on Jens only a minute or two into the first round. Jens was visibly hurt, and Urijah took advantage overwhelming Pulver with strikes, quickly followed by securing a guillotine ending the fight.
Jamie Varner vs. Donald Cerrone: Fighting Donald Cerrone is as much of a mental test as it a physical one. Not matter how much you beat on him the kid just keeps coming. Make no mistake, Cerrone landed some of his own, but for the most part this fight was Jamie Varner tagging Cerrone on the feet and delivering some wicked ground ‘n pound. Unfortunately, the fight didn’t end under normal circumstances though. In the fifth round, Cerrone caught Varner with an illegal knee to the face which apparently blinded Varner. Now, I’m not going to judge Varner for not continuing, but I’m pretty sure if that was Cerrone who took the knee, he would have kept going. After all, he was pretty much blind in both eyes in the third.
Submission of the Night: Urijah Faber
Knockout of the Night: Jose Aldo
Fight of the Night: Jamie Varner & Donald Cerrone
Bonus info courtesy of MMA Mania