UFC 141 Weigh-ins

Manvel Gamburyan (146) vs. Diego Nunes (145)

Matthew Riddle (170) vs. Luis Ramos (171)

Jacob Volkmann (155) vs. Efrain Escudero (155)

Dong Hyun Kim (171) vs. Sean Pierson (171)

Anthony Njokuani (154) vs. Danny Castillo (156)

Ross Pearson (145) vs. Junior Assuncao (145)

Nam Phan (146) vs. Jimy Hettis (145)

Vladimir Matyushenko (205) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (203)

Jon Fitch (171) vs. Johny Hendricks (170)

Nate Diaz (156) vs. Donald Cerrone (156)

(Diaz came in at 157 and Cowboy said it was okay, but per Kevin Iole, Cerrone’s camp made Nate get down to 156.)

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WEC 51 Play By Play – Jose Aldo Vs. Manny Gamburyan

This show was delayed on Versus because of UFL football. Wow.

On paper, this is the best MMA card since UFC 117. Yet, I still think it lacked in promotion. The world of fight fans needed to know everything about this card beforehand and as closely as I follow this stuff, I still wasn’t really sure this was happening until earlier this week. I knew about it, but it just wasn’t pushed hard enough.

1. Mark Hominick vs. Leonard Garcia

I know Garcia’s the fan favorite here especially after his fight with the Korean Zombie, but Hominick has to be way too quick for him right?

While Garcia is swinging hard, Hominick’s defending them well. He was the one stalking Garcia and hitting him with more shots. It looks like he knows exactly the type of combination that Garcia is throwing. Garcia’s counterpunching is terrible so far. Hominick is hitting him in the face and Garcia is swinging long and wildly back. I’d give the round to Hominick.

Carmelo Anthony was shown in the front row and was booed by the crowd. I guess they think he’s getting traded. Hominick is just the much better boxer. People think that because you have knockout power, it makes you a good boxer. Garcia isn’t near the quality boxer that Hominick is and it shows. His strikes are sharper, varied, and shorter than Garcia’s. I’m still not sure if Garcia is hitting him all that much or hitting his hands and arms blocking the punches.

Garcia continues to throw a lead high kick that hasn’t landed once and he’s fallen on his ass a couple times from throwing it. Garcia also telegraphs his punches vocally and he’s exhausted. Hominick’s best shot so far has been a counter left hook. He’s caught Garcia with it twice in the fight thus far.

Winner: Mark Hominick by split decision

I’m not sure how Hominick lost a round, let alone lose two rounds on one card.

2. George Roop vs. Chan Sung Jung

Much of the fight was Roop circling. And circling. Weird round to score. The entire round, you’re waiting for the Korean Zombie to just open up and he did on occasion, but not enough. I wonder if Roop gets the round just for his defense and landing a shot here and there.

Well, Jung may need a knew nickname. Roop hit him with a head kick that knocked him out immediately. As Jung was going down, it looks like he may have popped himself on the forehead, cutting him on the way down.

Winner: George Roop by way of 2nd round TKO

3. Charlie Valencia vs. Miguel Angel Torres

Very slow start to this fight. Torres worked himself inside and threw some uppercuts and pushed Valencia against the fence. Valencia used his left leg to block future knees by raising it while in the clinch. Torres kicked him right in the ball sack. Torres’ right hand is cocked right under his ear. He rushes in and catches Valencia with a combination and it looks like a left hook knocks Valencia to the ground with about ten seconds left. He can’t finish him on the ground and Valencia slips out and actually has him in a fireman’s carry-like maneuver before the round ends.

Torres got him back to the ground with punches as he landed a big shot and Valencia crouched near a cage. He got his back and worked hard to get the rear naked choke. He put him in a body triangle and finally submitted him with the rear naked.

Winner: Miguel Torres by way of 2nd round submission

4. Pablo Garza vs. Tiequan Zhang

Zhang had Garza on his back and went for a guillotine, rolled over and crossed his legs over Garza’s back and got the choke. Zhang’s nickname is The Mongolian Wolf.

Winner: Tiequan Zhang by way of 1st round submission

5. Donald Cerrone vs. Jamie Varner

Cerrone came out quickly and nailed Varner with a big knee. Varner was running away trying to catch his wits again. Cerrone got a takedown, but Varner was up quickly. Varner was throwing big shots, but Cerrone was walking through them. This fight isn’t going to go all three rounds. Cerrone looks truly mad in there. He dropped Varner with a short left.

Cerrone is using his reach fantastically. Varner is throwing huge punches, but Cerrone is stepping away slightly and coming back with big shots of his own. Cerrone took Varner down again. Cerrone’s up 2-0.

Cerrone knocked Varner backwards with a stiff high kick. But Varner throw the best shot of the fight which was an overhand right. But Cerrone walked though it again. Varner’s bleeding pretty badly. Cerrone got another takedown. Varner looked like his will was gone at the end of the fight. He looked at the clock twice in the last 30 seconds and even stopped fighting with about 2 seconds left. They bumped fists at the end, but Cerrone kind of pushed him off and Varner pushed him in the back.

Winner: Donald Cerrone by way of unanimous decision

All the scores were 30-27. The fight was really good, but not fight of the year like they were trying to sell. Cerrone asked Varner to fight once more, but then said he didn’t really want any title shots. He’s a good promo, but sometimes he talks nonsensically. Varner says that Cerrone has become a much better fighter.

6. Manny Gamburyan vs. Jose Aldo

Gamburyan started off the round with a straight right but Aldo just shook it off like it was nothing. He just pretty much stalked him the entire round. He’d faint a right hand and then just kick the hell out of Manny’s knee. The problem is that Manny’s lack of reach is killing him. He can’t get inside to land anything. Aldo is going to stay outside and just pick him apart it seems.

Aldo landed an uppercut that put Manny on all fours and he quickly followed it up with lighting fast punches on the ground. It’s over.

Winner: Jose Aldo by way of 2nd round TKO

Aldo needs to be in the UFC at 155. He’s what Anderson Silva used to be.

Jose Aldo Vs. Urijah Faber To Headline The First Ever WEC PPV

It has been reported everywhere that the very first WEC PPV will be from Sacramento and if they run Sacramento, you know Urijah Faber is going to be there. He faces Jose Aldo in the main event and so far, there are two pretty compelling fights on the undercard.

The announcement was pretty big, but the reaction to many who watch WEC on Versus, the price point was a huge deal. The PPV is scheduled to be priced at $44.95, which is what the UFC is priced at. It’s going to be tough to turn WEC viewers who are used to free shows to pay for something at any price, let alone $44.95. However, the people who would buy the show at say $34.95 and wouldn’t at $44.95 is probably low enough to where they’ll recoup the money with the higher price.

Also scheduled for the show is a title fight between Ben Henderson and Donald Cerrone and a fight between Mike Brown and Manny Gamburyan. The tickets go on sale this weekend.

More than likely, Sacramento gets even louder than they were when Faber fought Assunciao at the last WEC show.

WEC 44 Quick Thoughts

Wednesday is a terrible day for me to watch MMA. I can usually put together a quick The Ultimate Fighter recap, but when you give me a 2 1/2 hour show on a school night when I have to get the kids ready for school the next day, it’s tough. Thus, we didn’t have a play by play recap of the WEC show tonight.

However, I did watch the last two fights and have some thoughts.

Leonard Garcia is always fun to watch because he’s truly crazy, but he’s still not a very well-rounded fighter. If he would just learn how to box and get in and out, he would’ve beat Manny Gamburyan easily. Gamburyan is only 5’5 and stays outside because he wants to set up his takedowns. But Garcia was only looking for knockout blows and was setting up from way outside. The only time he was really having any success in his striking was to counter Gamburyan with kicks as he shot.

Gamburyan won a close fight, but I’m not sure it really means anything in the scheme of things. Neither guy was very impressive, though I loved their intensity.

And what can you say about Jose Aldo? Did you know that Jose isn’t pronounced how you think? Sound out the hard J. That’s how it’s pronounced. Aldo’s speed overwhelmed Mike Brown’s power and he won the featherweight championship. Brown didn’t look comfortable at any point of that first round. He did catch Aldo a few times, but he seemed out of sorts. And then in the second round, Aldo got on top of him and just controlled him while raining down punches on him. Brown couldn’t do anything and it was stopped.

I don’t know what their plans are, but I think they could sell the hell out of a Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber fight.

WEC 41 Weigh-in Results

Thanks to AngryMarks.com and MMAWeekly.com.

Both Mike Brown and Urijah Faber came in a pound and a half light for their title bout. That’s interesting because Faber had mentioned that he was working harder with weights to build up his strength.

Mike Brown- 143.5
Urijah Faber- 143.5

Cub Swanson- 144
Jose Aldo- 144.5

James Krause- 155
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone- 155

Josh Grispi- 145.5
Jens Pulver- 144

John Franchi- 145.5
Manny Gamburyan- 144

Kyle Dietz- 134
Rafael Rebello- 134.5

Anthony Pettis- 156
Mike Campbell- 155

Antonio Banuelos- 135.5
Scott Jorgensen- 134

Noah Thomas- 134.5
Frank Gomez- 136*

Seth Dikun- 136
Rolando Perez- 135.5

*Frank Gomez initially weighed in at 137.5 pounds, but made weight on his second attempt at 136 pounds.

We’ll have play by play (live or delayed, I’m not sure yet) on the site later tonight.