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WEC 36

November 6, 2008 |


By Nicolas Bauer

Urijah Faber Vs Mike Brown
In what is probably the biggest upset of the year, Mike Brown crushed feather-weight king Urijah Faber to capture the 145-pound championship. Brown countered a back elbow attempt by Faber with a perfect right hand that sent the California Kid to the canvas. Brown pounced on the wounded former-champ and simply overwhelmed Faber with jack-hammer right hands until the ref was forced to stop the bout at 2:23 of the very first round.

Faber started the fight strong showing good movement and quickness and set a quick pace. Brown proved he was ready for Faber, and patiently looked for his openings. After an exchange of knees in the clinch Brown displayed his strength advantage by showing Faber to the canvas. Faber seemed strangely frustrated and may have let his ego get the better of him as he engaged boastfully. This may have led to his ultimate demise as a misjudged elbow attempt gave Brown the opening he was looking for.

After such a colossal upset, Faber will have to regroup and rededicate himself in order to regain his title. Mike Brown, on the other hand, apparently suffered a rib injury as he left the cage holding his chest and wincing. Luckily for Brown he can heal up while polishing his new championship belt.

Paulo Filho Vs Chael Sonnen
In what would have been the first of two scheduled title fights, if not for Paul Filho missing weight, Chael Sonnen proved that his brief moments of dominance in their first meeting were no joke. Although it would be difficult to call Sonnen’s win in the second bout a dominant one, he clearly won a unanimous decision.

Sonnen easily controlled the standup action throughout all 3 rounds, and briefly toyed with engaging Filho on the ground. After a few unsuccessful attempts to execute some effective ground and pound attacks, Sonnen did the smart thing and forced Filho to stand against him for the rest of the contest.

The final round did not provide much in the way of offense from either fighter, but Sonned did exactly what he had to in order to preserve the win, and ensure that next time he faces Filho, it will be for the middle-weight championship.

Jens Pulver Vs Leonard Garcia
In another highly anticipated bout, Leonard Garcia pulled an upset of his own. I got the feeling this fight would go down this way, but I figured Pulver would have given Garcia more trouble. From the opening bell Garcia seemed to be the quicker of the two. Coupled with his height and reach advantage, Pulver was facing an uphill battle. Garcia put together a nice combination that wobbled Pulver and dropped him against the fence. Once Garcia smelled blood, he went in for the kill throwing vicious hooks to the downed Pulver forcing the referee to call the bout at 1:12 of the first round.

Rob McCullough Vs Donald Cerrone
In another upset I expected, Donald Cerrone used all of his advantages to earn a unanimous decision victory. Similar to the Pulver/Garcia fight, McCullough had to use all of his experience to defeat the physically larger and technically sound Cerrone. Unfortunately for Razor, he stepped into the cage with a fighter who was well prepared and ready to fight.

Cerrone came out with a lot of energy and waited out McCullough early looking for where he could effectively counter. Whatever confidence Razor Rob had was erased in the first as Cerrone managed to drop McCullough twice in the first frame and almost ended the fight. Cerrone began the 2nd round with even more confidence and dropped McCullough again before taking his back while looking for a choke. Razor managed to get Cerrone off of his back but wound up having to reverse a deep arm-bar to survive the 2nd. Cerrone clinched his victory with a couple of solid takedowns and effective striking in the 3rd. All 3 judges scored the bout for the Cowboy, leaving Razor Rob with a lot of questions that need to be answered.

Rounding out the card…
Ronny Yahya overcame a deep guillotine attempt from Yoshiro Maeda in the first round before reversing position and ending the fight with a guillotine choke of his own. Yahya showed his submission prowess yet again and forced Maeda to tap out at 3:30 of the first round.

Aaron Simpson brutally knocked out David Avellan with a devastating overhand right at the :18 mark of the very first round.

Jake Roshalt showed off his ground skills by defeating Nissen Osterneck. With effective position control and powerful punches from the mount, Roshalt forced the ref to stop the fight at 3:48 of the 2nd round.

Jose Aldo won a close fight against Jonathan Brookins via TKO at the very end of the third. Brookins was hurt but still in the fight which will lead many people to question the ref’s decision. Although Brookins was aware, he was simply eating too much punishment for the ref to sit idly by.

Rafael Dias appeared to be the better striker than Danny Castillo early on, but a Castillo uppercut that sent Dias to the mat changed the momentum of the entire fight. Dias and Castillo exchanged punches and scrambles before a missed takedown from Dias put Castillo on top where he landed some powerful shots that halted the bout at 2:54 of the 2nd.

Carmelo Marrero managed to squeeze out a split decision win over Steve Steinbeiss. Marrero’s combination of control and damage were just enough in the judges eyes to earn him the victory.

WEC 36

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