WEC 51 “Aldo vs. Gamburyan” took place earlier this evening at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
In the night’s main event, Jose Aldo put his featherweight title on the line against Manny Gamburyan.
In the co-main event, Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone met in a lightweight grudge match.
Miguel Torres looked to bounce back from a two-fight losing streak against Charlie Valencia.
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung competed in his second WEC bout against George Roop.
Leonard Garcia took on Mark Hominick in a featherweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Jose Aldo defeats Manny Gamburyan via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Donald Cerrone defeats Jamie Varner via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Miguel Torres defeats Charlie Valencia via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- George Roop defeats Chan Sung Jung via Knockout (Head Kick) in Round Two
- Mark Hominick defeats Leonard Garcia via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Tiequan Zhang defeats Pablo Garza via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Mike Brown defeats Cole Province via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Chris Horodecki defeats Ed Ratcliff via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
- Antonio Banuelos defeats Chad George via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Demetrious Johnson defeats Nick Pace via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Diego Nunes defeats Tyler Toner via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Thoughts & Recap
Leonard Garcia vs. Mark Hominick: Neither Leonard Garcia or Mark Hominick had any intentions of fighting on the ground tonight. Instead, they boxed for three straight rounds in the broadcast’s opening fight. As you would expect from Garcia, he favored wild haymakers over technique while Hominick played the tactical counter-punching game. As the fight wore on and Garcia wore himself out, it became clear Hominick had the better strategy. About halfway through the second round, he really began to pick Garcia apart and continued that throughout the rest of the fight. Still, one judge gave the fight to Garcia with a very questionable 29-28 score. Luckily for Hominick, two of the judges knew what they were watching and awarded him the victory.
Chan Sung Jung vs. George Roop: The Korean Zombie can take a shot, but George Roop proved tonight that he can’t take them all. For one and a half rounds Jung walked Roop down throwing big strikes with not a lot of concern for protecting himself from what Roop was throwing back. It turned out to be a mistake because out of nowhere Roop laid the Zombie out with a left high kick to the neck/jaw reminiscent of CroCop-Vovchanchyn. Obviously, it didn’t have the same kind of power behind it, but it was more than enough to put Jung’s lights out and end the fight.
Miguel Torres vs. Charlie Valencia: Miguel Torres wasn’t going to let his two-fight losing streak extend to three tonight against Charlie Valencia. Torres took control of the cage from the moment the fight started, and patiently stalked Valencia looking for his opening. His first came at the end of the first round as he dropped Valencia with a flurry of punches. He nearly finished him but Valencia was saved by the bell. Unfortunately, Torres picked right back up where he left off in the second. He dropped Valencia again and rained down punch, but ultimately finished him when he secured a body lock and sunk in a rear naked choke for the submission victory.
Tiequan Zhang vs. Pablo Garza: The Korean Zombie may not have been victorious in Colorado, but The Mongolian Wolf certainly was. Chinese prospect Tiequan Zhang only needed two and a half minutes to put TUF 12 contestant Pablo Garza in a guillotine choke and finish the fight.
Donald Cerrone vs. Jamie Varner: If there was ever any question if the beef between Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner was real, the opening minute of the fight laid all doubts to rest. Cerrone came out of the gate like a charging bull and turned the fight into a brawl before three seconds could tick off the clock. They eventually settled down but not before several blows were exchanged. Varner finished the first strong with a flurry, but couldn’t duplicate that success in the second and third rounds. Just when it seemed like he might get something going, Cerrone put him on his back and shut him down. Cerrone decisively won on the judges’ scorecards, but that wasn’t nearly as interesting as their bad blood. They refused to touch gloves at the beginning of the fight, but did to kick off the third. Then as the final seconds ticked down, they attempted a high five, but awkwardly missed. Rather than walk away peacefully, Cerrone pushed off Varner who immediately retaliated by lightly shoving Cerrone in the back as Herb Dean grabbed him. In the post-fight interview, Cerrone said their beef wasn’t settled and offered Varner the rubber match in Arizona sometime down the line.
Jose Aldo vs. Manny Gamburyan: The WEC featherweight title didn’t change hands tonight. Manny Gamburyan showed promise early against featherweight champ Jose Aldo with a right hand that sent Aldo flying back towards the fence. Unfortunately for Manny, Aldo shrugged it off and kept coming. He tagged Gamburyan’s lead leg like he did against Urijah Faber, but finished him off before he could turn Gamburyan’s leg into ground meat. Early in the second Aldo stunned Gamburyan with a quick left-right combo. Sensing he was hurt, Aldo dropped him with a huge uppercut, then took his back and unloaded a wicked flurry of shots putting Gamburyan’s lights out. It was another very destructive performance from Jose Aldo.
Knockout of the Night: George Roop
Submission of the Night: Miguel Torres
Fight of the Night: Donald Cerrone & Jamie Varner
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $191,620
Bonus info via MMA Junkie