WEC 41 took place earlier this evening at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. The event was broadcast live on Versus.
In the night’s main event, Mike Brown defended his WEC Featherweight Championship in a highly anticipated rematch with the man he took the belt from, Urijah Faber.
Jose Aldo looked to keep his impressive winning streak alive against Cub Swanson.
The always tough-as-nails Donald Cerrone faced off against James Krause in a lightweight match-up.
Jens Pulver looked to put all the retirement talk to rest with a much needed win over Josh Grispi.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Mike Brown defeats Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision
- Jose Aldo defeats Cub Swanson via Knockout (Flying Knee) in Round One
- Donald Cerrone defeats James Krause via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Josh Grispi defeats Jens Pulver via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Manny Gamburyan defeats John Franchi via Unanimous Decision
- Rafael Rebello defeats Kyle Dietz via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Anthony Pettis defeats Mike Campbell via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round One
- Antonio Banuelos defeats Scott Jorgensen via Split Decision
- Frank Gomez defeats Noah Thomas via Submission (Arm Triangle) in Round Two
- Seth Dikun defeats Rolando Perez via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round One
Josh Grispi vs. Jens Pulver: Man, what can you say? It sucks to see Jens drop his fourth fight in a row. It was over almost as soon as it started. Grispi came out swinging, Jens went for the takedown and instantly got caught in a guillotine he couldn’t get out of before he was forced to tap. Great win for Grispi, but you could tell even he felt bad about it. Not sure where Jens goes from here (he essentially said it was a possibility in the post-fight interview, emotions running high though), but if decides to keep fighting, he shouldn’t have a problem finding a new home if the WEC can’t justify giving him another chance.
Donald Cerrone vs. James Krause: Donald Cerrone gets back on the winning track. Sort of a back and forth battle on the ground until late in the first when Cerrone landed a clean left hook sending Krause to the ground in survival mode. Krause looked like he might make it out of the round until Cerrone flattened him out with 30 seconds to go and sunk in the rear-naked choke. Varner-Ceronne rematch on the horizon?
Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen: Awesome fight. Banuelos got off to a quick start hurting Jorgensen early. Banuelos stayed active throughout the first getting the best of Jorgensen. The tide started to turn in the second though. It was close back and forth striking affair in a round that could have went to either fighter. Then, Jorgensen really turned it on in the third while Banuelos started to slow down. Jorgensen didn’t do enough though for the judges though dropping the split decision. It really could have went either way. Definitely “Fight of the Night” material.
Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson: How about Jose Aldo? The kid has been on a tear, and didn’t slow down against Cub Swanson. Literally, as soon as the fight started, he jumped in with a flying knee drilling Swanson ending the fight in eight seconds. Aldo wants a shot at the title, and in all likelihood, he’s going to get it.
Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez: We go from a flying knee to a flying triangle. Sweet sub for Dikun who’s apparently a white belt in jiu-jitsu. Think he could submit jiu-jitsu black belt Spencer Pratt?
Anthony Pettis vs. Mike Campbell: Another sweet triangle, this one courtesy of Anthony Pettis.
Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber: Neither Brown nor Faber were interested in this fight going to a decision. Every punch and kick attempted by both fighters in the first was thrown with bad intentions. Nothing landed clean enough to end the fight, but Faber definitely inflicted more damage likely taking the first on the scorecards. Brown slowed the fight down a little in the second controlling Faber on the ground for most of the round. The third was more even with a lot of stand-up exchanges. Faber stayed more active but abandoned throwing his right hand which later we found out was broken. He compensated by throwing elbow strikes, one of which landed pretty clean. Tough round to call, but gave it to Brown. Faber’s broken hand was really apparent in the fourth as he was visibly wincing in pain on multiple occasions. Even so, he was able to hold his own throughout the back and forth exchanges on the feet. Another tough round to call. Could go either way, but I gave it to Urijah to make the fifth the tiebreaker and a little more exciting to watch. In the fifth and final round, Brown got takedowns on three separate occasions but not without almost getting caught in a couple of chokes that could have put him away if Faber’s hand wasn’t broken. Nevertheless, it was, and Brown was able to escape danger in a round that was exciting till the last second. I had the fifth and the fight going to Brown. Judges agreed, and Mike Brown once again proves Urijah Faber is not unbeatable and not the best featherweight in the world right now.
Great fight. Despite a strong showing from Banuelos and Jorgensen, Brown and Faber should definitely take home “Fight of the Night” honors. Considering Faber’s injuries, I wouldn’t be against a third fight down the line. But for now, Jose Aldo looks to be Brown’s most immediate concern.
Submission of the Night: Seth Dikun
Knockout of the Night: Jose Aldo
Fight of the Night: Mike Brown & Urijah Faber
Bonus info courtesy of MMA Weekly
Live gate: $818,415
Bonus info courtesy of MMA Junkie