WEC 39 took place earlier this evening at the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas. The event was broadcast live on Versus.
Mike Brown put his WEC Featherweight Championship on the line against Leonard Garcia.
Ricardo Lamas stepped in on short notice for Rich Crunkilton to face Bart Palaszewski.
Jose Aldo faced Chris Mickle in a featherweight clash.
Rob McCullough was back in action in a lightweight battle against Marcus Hicks.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Mike Brown defeats Leonard Garcia via Submission (Arm Choke) in Round One
- Ricardo Lamas defeats Bart Palaszewski via Unanimous Decision
- Jose Aldo defeats Chris Mickle via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Rob McCullough defeats Marcus Hicks via Majority Decision
- Damacio Page defeats Marcos Galvao via Knockout in Round One
- Johny Hendricks defeats Alex Serdyukov via Unanimous Decision
- John Franchi defeats Mike Budnik via Split Decision
- Mike Pierce defeats Justin Haskins via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Alex Karalexis defeats Greg McIntyre via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Danny Castillo defeats Phil Cardella via Split Decision
- Kenji Osawa defeats Rafael Rebello via Split Decision
Rob McCullough vs. Marcus Hicks: This fight was a shit sandwich. A good second round sandwiched in between two rounds of shit. The first was more of a dance-off than a fight. Hicks seemed to take it landing a few solid shots. The action got going in the second though. Hicks nailed Rob with a straight left knocking him down and immediately secured a guillotine that seemed to have Rob in trouble. Once McCullough got out though, it was all ‘Razor’ the rest of the round. You would have thought the third would have been a continuation of the second, but no, it was a continuation of the first. So bad the ref threatened to call the fight a no contest if the fighters didn’t engage. Can he even do that?
Jose Aldo vs. Chris Mickle: You knew this one was going to be ugly when the announcer introduced Mickle as a “ground-and-pound fighter.” I don’t think I’ve heard that since the dark ages of the sport. It must have been an accurate description though, because Mickle’s striking was atrocious. I’m by no means a technical expert, but it was obvious that he didn’t even have basic fundamentals. Definitely a showcase for Aldo.
Damacio Page vs. Marcos Galvao: Wow, if you missed this one, look for the gif tomorrow. Page annihilated Galvao in 18 seconds. Knockout of the Night for sure unless one of the final four pull off something really incredible.
Bart Palaszewski vs. Ricardo Lamas: Somebody forget to tell Ricardo Lamas that the late replacement isn’t supposed to do well. Instead of letting Bart control the fight, Lamas took the fight to him. He put Bart on his back several times throughout the fight keeping Palazewski out of comfort zone on the feet. Thanks to his awesome conditioning, which was rather surprising considering he stepped in on short notice, he was able to keep it up for all three rounds take the unanimous decision.
Mike Brown vs. Leonard Garcia: Holy Smokes! I don’t know what was more impressive, Brown’s overhand right or Garcia’s ability to stay alive, at least for a minute and a half. One hell of first title defense for Mike Brown. There’s definitely a Brown-Faber rematch looming now. It’s just a matter of if it’s next, or if they each have another fighter to get through.
Submission of the Night: Mike Brown
Knockout of the Night: Damacio Page
Fight of the Night: Johny Hendricks & Alex Serdyukov
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Live gate: $297,990
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