WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver took place tonight, June 1, in front of a packed house at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. Two championship fights took place in the WEC featherweight and bantamweight divisions. Jens Pulver challenged WEC Featherweight Champion, Urijah Faber for the title in what has been billed as the world’s greatest featherweight fight of all time. Bantamweight Champion, Miguel Torres, took on Yoshiro Maeda in his first title defense.
- Urijah Faber defeats Jens Pulver via Unanimous Decision
- Miguel Torres defeats Yoshiro Maeda via TKO (Doctor Stoppage – Maeda’s Eye Swollen Shut) at end of Round Three
- Mark Munoz defeats Chuck Grigsby via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Rob McCullough def. Kenneth Alexander via Split Decision
- Donald Cerrone defeats Danny Castillo via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Mike Thomas Brown defeats Jeff Curran via Unanimous Decision
- Will Ribeiro defeats Chase Beebe via Split Decision
- Tim McKenzie defeats Jeremy Lang via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Three
- Alex Serdyukov defeats Luis Sapo via TKO (Sapo unable to continue) in Round One
- Jose Aldo defeats Alexandre Franca Nogueira via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Dominic Cruz defeats Charlie Valencia via Unanimous Decision
The championship fights absolutely delivered. It’s a shame that these two fights weren’t featured last night for America to see.
Miguel Torres and Yoshiro Maeda fought a three round back and forth battle. Round two delivered nearly everything mixed martial arts has to offer—from devastating striking to simultaneous toeholds. It certainly has to be a candidate for Round of the Year. The only disappointing aspect of the fight was Maeda’s swollen shut right eye that stopped the fight in between the third and fourth rounds. Torres was excelling in the third, but Maeda seemed to have some left in the tank, if only he could have been able to see. Fantastic first title defense for Torres.
If Torres vs. Maeda was the battle, Faber vs. Pulver was the war. It was a closer fight than the scorecards showed, but it was clear who the winner was. Urijah Faber is something special. This was his biggest test to date and he showed who the better fighter was in all facets of the game. Jens Pulver may have lost but he clearly showed he has the heart of a warrior. I thought Pulver was done in the second round after the onslaught he took from Faber, but he kept standing and fired back. Pulver is one tough s.o.b.
Great fights. Great show. The WEC clearly won the battle of the promotions this weekend. It just turned out that America watched the wrong one.