And hopefully a card that can still deliver the typical solid WEC showing despite taking a few unexpected hits yesterday at the weigh-ins. Tonight's prelims should get underway sometime in the 5 PM hour, with the main card starting at 8 PM ET
-not 9 PM! It's a 2 hour TV broadcast, watch for them to make every attempt to be done by 10 PM to avoid going directly head-to-head with TUF 8 on Spike.
6 PM edit: We're underway!
Prelims (may not air on TV):
Rani Yahya beat Yoshiro Maeda by submission (guillotine) at 3:30 of round 1.
Danny Castillo beat Rafael Dias by TKO (strikes) at 2:54 of round 2.
Carmelo Marrero beat Steve Steinbeiss by split decision, 29-28 Marrero, 29-28 Steinbeiss, 29-28 Marrero.
Jose Aldo beat Jonathan Brookins by TKO (strikes) at 45 seconds of round 3.
Aaron Simpson beat David Avellan by KO in 18 seconds.
Donald Cerrone vs. Rob McCullough
TV fights (live on Versus):
Jake Rosholt beat Nissen Osterneck by TKO (strikes) at 3:48 of round 2.
Leonard Garcia beat Jens Pulver by TKO (strikes) at 1:12 of round 1.
Chael Sonnen beat WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho by unanimous decision, 3 30-27s, in a NON-TITLE match.
Main Event: Mike Thomas Brown (Mike Brown) beat WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber by TKO (strikes) at 2:23 of round 1 to become the NEW WEC Featherweight Champion!
For those who missed it yesterday, Filho will be fined 25% of his fight purse for missing weight. An undetermined part of that will go to Sonnen. There are also claims, at least according to Sonnen's corner (specifically Matt Lindland), that if Sonnen wins, Filho will hand the title belt over to Sonnen. We'll see.
Enjoy the fights when they start-remember, hands up, chin down, let 'em fly and no illegal blows!