WEC 40 took place earlier this evening at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. The event was broadcast live on Versus.
Miguel Torres put his WEC Bantamweight Championship on the line against Takeya Mizugaki.
Jeff Curran and Joseph Benavidez fought to get one step closer to a bantamweight title shot.
Ben Henderson squared off against Shane Roller in a lightweight match-up.
Rafael Assuncao and Jameel Massouh faced off in featherweight battle.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Miguel Torres defeats Takeya Mizugaki via Unanimous Decision
- Joseph Benavidez defeats Jeff Curran via Unanimous Decision
- Ben Henderson defeats Shane Roller via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Rafael Assuncao defeats Jameel Massouh via Unanimous Decision
- Anthony Njokuani defeats Bart Palaszewski via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Dominick Cruz defeats Ivan Lopez via Unanimous Decision
- Wagnney Fabiano defeats Fredson Paixao via Unanimous Decision
- Rani Yahya defeats Eddie Wineland via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round One
- Akitoshi Tamura defeats Manny Tapia via Unanimous Decision
- Rafael Dias defeats Mike Budnik via Unanimous Decision
Rafael Assuncao vs. Jameel Massouh: Massouh had his moments, most notably a heel hook attempt in the first, but they were few and far between. Assuncao cleary got the best of Jameel on the feet, and for the most part, out grappled him on the ground. Solid win for Assuncao.
Ben Henderson vs. Shane Roller: It looked like Shane Roller was on his way to a quick victory when he dropped Henderson with a big right hand and went for a guillotine. Henderson was able to hang on though, and a few moments later landed a huge left hand that appeared have Roller out from the camera angle on the live broadcast. A few strikes later and the ref called. The replay showed Roller was at least semi-coherent as he tried to wrap his hands around Henderson’s legs, but it was pretty clear the stoppage was warranted.
Anthony Njokuani vs. Bart Palaszewski: Anthony Njokuani doesn’t happen to be Anthony Johnson’s little brother? They’re awfully similar in about every way, style, body type, looks, etc. And like most of Johnson’s opponents, Palaszewski ended up on his back knocked silly.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Jeff Curran: Man, Benavidez is a scrapper. The pace he keeps is just ridiculous. This was a huge test for the up-and-comer and he passed with flying colors. Curran definitely got a few of his own licks in, but for the most part this fight was Benavidez forcing Curran to fight at his pace. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with Benavidez from here. How to close to a title shot is he? I don’t know, but there isn’t a huge line of challengers stacked up waiting theirs so maybe sooner rather than later. Urijah Faber must be proud.
Miguel Torres vs. Takeya Mizugaki: Wow, what a great fight. That was easily the best stand-up war we’ve seen all year. Takeya Mizugaki deserves a lot of credit for going in there standing toe-to-toe with Miguel Torres and taking him the distance. When was the last time that happened? Takeya certainly has nothing to hang his head about. Looks like Brian Bowles is still going to get his title shot. Can’t wait to see Mizugaki back in action. Maybe match him up with Benavidez? Would damn sure be an exciting one.
Submission of the Night: Rani Yahya
Knockout of the Night: Anthony Njokuani
Fight of the Night: Miguel Torres & Takeya Mizugaki
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