WEC 49 is currently underway at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
In the night’s main event, Jamie Varner and Kamal Shalorus meet in a lightweight bout.
Mark Hominick takes on Yves Jabouin in a featherweight contest.
Josh Grispi and LC Davis fight for a potential featherweight title shot.
Danny Downes steps in for an injured Ed Ratcliff to take on Chris Horodecki
Eddie Wineland and Will Campuzano meet in a bantamweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Jamie Varner vs. Kamal Shalorus results in a Draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
- Mark Hominick defeats Yves Jabouin via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Josh Grispi defeats L.C. Davis via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Chris Horodecki defeats Danny Downes via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Three
- Eddie Wineland defeats Will Campuzano via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Erik Koch defeats Bendy Casimir via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round One
- Wagnney Fabiano defeats Frank Gomez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Will Kerr defeats Karen Darabedyan via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Chris Cariaso defeats Rafael Rebello via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
- Renan Barao defeats Anthony Leone via Submission (Armbar) in Round Three
- Diego Nunes defeats Raphael Assuncao via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Thoughts & Recap
Will Campuzano vs. Eddie Wineland: For the first eight or so minutes, Eddie Wineland was outstriking Will Campuzano but not by much. Then around the 3:00 mark in the second round Wineland tagged Campuzano with a three punch combination and the fight took an epic turn. Campuzano stumbled back to the cage as Wineland went in for the kill. After knocking him to the ground, Wineland rained down bombs waiting for the ref to stop the fight. Everyone waited for the ref to stop the fight, but it didn’t happen. Campuzano somehow got back to his feet and started throwing wild haymakers of his own. At this point, it was Garcia-Jung all over again. Campuzano never really recovered though, and Wineland drilled Campuzano right in the gut with a devastating right hand. Campuzano immediately crumbled to the ground and Wineland finally finished him off. Wild ending to a fairly pedestrian fight.
Chris Horodecki vs. Danny Downes: I’ll give Danny Downes this. The kid has heart. He took all Chris Horodecki had to offer in the first two rounds and came out swinging in the third. Problem was Horodecki dominated him everywhere the fight went. Horodecki outgrappled him in the first and outstruck him in the second. After fending off Downes’ onslaught in the third, Horodecki took him down, took his back and choked him out.
Josh Grispi vs. L.C. Davis: You often see a fighter try for a guillotine choke when he’s taken down, but you rarely see him finish it. Tonight Josh Grispi did just that. Early in the first, LC Davis shot in for a double, slammed Grispi to the mat, but left his neck a little too exposed. Grispi sunk in the choke, squared up and put Davis to sleep for the easy W.
Mark Hominick vs. Yves Jabouin: Just like Wineland-Campuzano, this one had a wild ending. In the first round, Mark Hominick struggled to keep up with Yves Jabouin’s speed and dynamic striking attack. In the second round, he completely neutralized that with Bas Rutten’s favorite strike, a left hook to the liver. The shot landed perfectly, instantly crumpling Jabouin to the mat. Hominick went in for the kill, but Jabouin wasn’t ready to go just yet. He fought his way back to his feet, and out of nowhere dropped Hominick with a right hand. Jabouin had turned the tide, or so we thought. With Jabouin on top trying to finish, Hominick managed to roll him over straight into full mount. This time Jabouin didn’t have an answer and the ref stopped as Hominick rained down unanswered blows. Crazy.
Jamie Varner vs. Kamal Shalorus: It just wouldn’t be a Jamie Varner fight without a little controversy. With the exception of late takedown, Kamal Shalorus completely abandoned his wresting to trade blows with Varner. The results were mixed. Shalorus battered Varner’s lead leg with vicious leg kicks, but he also ate a ton of punches for his trouble. Without his rock solid chin, Shalorus probably wouldn’t have made it out of the first round, and Varner wouldn’t have broken his hand on Kamal’s head.
The story everyone will focus on though will be the low blows and the decision. Like I said, Shalorus tore up Varner’s lead leg with outside leg kicks, but he had a little trouble with his accuracy on the inside ones. He let a few get away from him, and Varner’s nuts paid the price. After the second one, referee Josh Rosenthal deducted a point from Shalorus, but oddly only gave him a warning after the third one instead of taking another point away. Little did we know at the time how critical that judgment call would come into play when the scorecards were read.
Expecting at least a 29-27 for Varner from all three judges, Bruce Buffer read off one of the oddest set of scores you will ever hear. 29-27 Shalorus, 29-27 Varner, 28-28. That’s a draw folks, and it never should have been. For one, Varner should have won that fight without the point deduction. I’ll give Shalorus the final round because he did take Varner down and hold him there for much of the round, but the first and second should have went to Varner. Sure he ate leg kicks, but he probably punched Shalorus twice as many times in the face. And secondly, if you’re going to take a point away after the second infraction, why not take away another after the third, or even disqualify him? If he had, Varner would have also won.
If there’s one thing consistent in this sport, it’s the inconsistency of the judges and refs. They put a damper on the end of what was otherwise a great night of fights.
Knockout of the Night: Eddie Wineland
Submission of the Night: Josh Grispi
Fight of the Night: Mark Hominick & Yves Jabouin
Bonus info via MMA Junkie
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $500,000 (est.)
Attendance: 5,600 (est.)
Gate info via MMA Payout