This is a killer farewell WEC video. Spectacular.
Well, at least the open is different. No gladiators thankfully.
I blogged the prelims on Spike TV, which featured a crazy fight between Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung.
1. Anthony Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen
The striking in this one is so different than the Garcia/Jung fight. Very technical and solid. Banuelos threw the best shot of the round with a left hook that put him down. Otherwise, very competitive round.
What a round for Jorgensen. He was the better striker and was walking down Banuelos. He put him down with a straight right to the temple and Banuelos’ nose started bleeding like crazy. Banuelos sprang up at the end, but easily Jorgensen’s round.
Jorgensen put him down again and the bloody nose exploded again. He was working the choke late in the round, but Banuelos fought him. It wasn’t the most active fight, but both guys are just really good technically. Jorgensen is going to get the decision, but Banuelos was never say die.
Winner: Scott Jorgensen by unanimous decision
2. Shane Roller vs. Anthony Njokuani
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.
I am live at WEC 46 and will be live blogging this show. Hopefully I’ll have a little bit of arena sound for a later edition of FGB Radio and some photos that we can post online as well.
I drove out here to Sacramento mainly to see Urijah Faber in his hometown, but the main event between Jamie Varner and Ben Henderson should be dynamite as well.
Cactus Jim is here as well, but he’s sitting in the front row.
1. Will Campuzano vs. Ox Wheeler
Sacramento is not full, but there are already a lot of folks here so far.
Very entertaining first round. Campuzano threw at least 5 flying knees. Wheeler’s strategy was to try to get to the ground so he’d try to catch his leg and take him down and leg lock him. Wasn’t working. Campuzano won the first.
Wheeler is taking a beating. Campuzano is lighting him up standing and Wheeler has zero stand-up defense. Wheeler pulled Campuzano into a guillotine but couldn’t hang on. Close to a 10-8 round if not for the guillotine.
Give Wheeler credit for lasting, but he took major punishment. His face is going to look like raw hamburger meat tomorrow. 30 more seconds and it might’ve been stopped.
Winner: Will Campuzano by way of unanimous decision.
2. George Roop vs. Eddie Wineland
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.
With Frank Mir in training for his upcoming fight at UFC 100, Kenny Florian is joining the announce team for tonightâ€™s show.
Josh Grispi Vs. Jens Pulver
Jens has been on a 3 fight losing streak, and has lost 5 of his last 6. He needs a win tonight to remain relevant by any stretch of the imagination. Grispi is 12-1 with a lot of early submissions. Let’s see if Jens can keep it standing.
Round 1: Both guys come out swinging and kicking. Jens goes for the takedown and Grispi catches him with a deep guillotine. Jens holds on for about 20 seconds and taps.
Grispi by way of another first round submission.
Understandably, Jens is very upset. He says this will probably be his last fight. Crowd gives him a great ovation.
There’s some Brian Bowles versus Miguel Torres hype for their fight on Aug 9. Both guys are interviewed at ringside. Not much to it.
Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jardine, and Jamie Varner are at ringside.
Donald Cerrone Vs. James Krause
Two tall 55’ers in this one. The Cowboy is 9-1 with 1 no contest and Krause is 10-0. Continue reading