Even the most cynical MMA fan would agree that the first ever WEC PPV was a slam dunk success. After so many putrid MMA shows of late, this thing delivered, and it delivered hard.
You’re going to see nothing but love from the FGB crew in our feedback about this show.
Best Fight: Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung
Worst Fight: Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson
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
I’ll be blogging the live prelim show in this post, and then create a second post for the PPV show.
Arco Arena looks pretty full already. There’s no WEC or UFC logos, but the mat is blue, like usual for WEC.
1. Alex Karalexis vs. Anthony Pettis
Pettis landed an early kick that gave you the idea that he could make short work of Karalexis, but then Karalexis caught his next kick and threw him down for some nice ground and pound. Pettis also starting nailing Karalexis with leg kicks causing him to already try and switch stances.
After getting taken down, Pettis sunk in a triangle and was pounding on his head with punches. Karalexis had to tap. It looked like the triangle was coming too.
Winner: Anthony Pettis by way of 2nd round submission
2. Chad Mendes vs. Anthony Morrison
Morrison stuck his head in a guillotine and Mendes tapped him out very early in the first.
Winner: Chad Mendes by way of 1st round submission
3. Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung
On Versus, Jose Aldo vs. Uriah Faber is a hot show. On PPV, it’s even bigger. WEC’s much talked about transition into PPV has been talked about before, with Urijah Faber and Mike Brown as the main event being the first time I’d heard it discussed. The timing is interesting because this show follows UFC 112 and Strikeforce: Nashville in the previous weeks, and those were bad shows. Will the bad recent momentum hurt WEC or will fans buy out of clamoring to see some great fights?
My FGB brothers and I, as well as Stevie J from Angrymarks.com, are here to give our predictions on the top two fights.
Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson
Duan: Cerrone by 3rd round submission
Alan: Cerrone by 2nd round TKO
Stevie J: Henderson by decision
Cactus Jim: Cerrone by 4th round submission
GG: Cerrone by decision
The Cowboy was been desperately unlucky in his two previous title challenges. This has to be his night.