Jamie Varner: Frank Mir's Commentating Was Skewed
According to WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner, UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion and WEC commentator Frank Mir is clearly a far better fighter than commentator. That or, at least according to Varner, Mir is a Donald Cerrone nuthugger and thinks his commentary on Sunday's fight was bs.
WEC 38 - Fight Bonuses
WEC 38 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(All awards include a $7,500 bonus for each fighter.)
WEC 38 Fight of the Night
– Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone
WEC 38 Submission of the Night
– Urijah Faber
WEC 38 Knockout of the Night
– Jose Aldo
WEC 39 - Official Fight Card Released
WEC 39 Fight Card:
-Mike Brown (#1 Featherweight in the World)* vs. Leonard Garcia (#10 Featherweight in the World)*
-Carlos Condit (#9 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Brock Larson
-Bart Palaszewski vs. Rich Crunkilton
-Rob McCullough vs. Marcus Hicks
-Johny Hendricks vs. Alex Serdyukov
-Marcos Galvao vs. Damacio Page
-Mike Budnik vs. John Franchi
-Justin Haskins vs. Douglas Lima
-Alex Karalexis vs. Greg McIntyre
-Danny Castillo vs. Phil Cardella
-Kenji Osawa vs. Rafael Rebello
Main card airs on Versus in the United States at 9:00 PM (ET) / 6:00 PM (PT)
Varner Wins Split, To Retain Title
Through four rounds, WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and No. 1 contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone went to war, just like everyone in attendance in San Diego and everyone watching at home expected out of the two 155-pound warriors.
Unfortunately, it was an accidental knee strike in the fifth round that brought about the end of the fight. Varner kept his title via split decision, and both competitors promised another go round if the WEC would make it happen.
WEC 38 - Results (SPOILERS)
Main Card Bouts:
-Jamie Varner def. Donald Cerrone by Split Decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46).
-Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:34, R1.
-Danillo Villefort def. Mike Campbell by TKO at 3:55, R1.
-Jose Aldo def. Rolando Perez by TKO at 4:15, R1.
-Benson Henderson def. Anthony Njokuani by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:42, R2.
-Edgar Garcia def. Hiromitsu Miura by TKO at 1:18, R1.
-Dominick Cruz def. Ian McCall by Unanimous Decision (All three judges score the fight 30-27).
-Scott Jorgensen def. Frank Gomez by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:09, R1.
-Jesse Lennox def. Blas Avena by TKO at 0:41, R2.
-Charlie Valencia def. Seth Dikun by Unanimous Decision (All three judges score the fight 30-27).
WEC 38 Weigh-In Results
Main Card Bouts:
-Jamie Varner (155) vs. Donald Cerrone (154.5)
-Urijah Faber (146) vs. Jens Pulver (145.5)
-Danillo Villefort (170.5) vs. Mike Campbell (170.5)
-Jose Aldo (145.5) vs. Rolando Perez (145)
-Benson Henderson (156.5) vs. Anthony Njokuani (156)
-Hiromitsu Miura (170.5) vs. Edgar Garcia (171.5)
-Dominick Cruz (135) vs. Ian McCall (135.5)
-Scott Jorgensen (135.5) vs. Frank Gomez (136)
-Blas Avena (171.5) vs. Jesse Lennox (170.5)
-Charlie Valencia (134) vs. Seth Dikun (136)
Most of the fighters made weight without a hitch. Blas Avena, Edgar Garcia, and Ben Henderson, however, all came in half a pound over the limit for their respective bouts. Each was given an hour to drop the weight and make their fights official.
Henderson accepted his bout against Anthony Njokuani on just a few days of notice.
All three fighters made weight on their second attempt.
Cowboy Cerrone Riding Into WEC Title Shot
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is finally going to get his shot at the World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight title against Jamie “The Worm” Varner. Cerrone is a perfect 9-0 in his mixed martial arts career and a title shot is the next logical progression for the Colorado native.
He has been on a tear through the lightweight division, beating everyone impressively. Eight of his nine victories have come by way of submission, five by triangle choke.
Pulver Fighting For Relevancy
Former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver is looking to get back on the winning track when he takes on Urijah Faber at WEC 38 in a major rematch from their fight back in June of last year.
Pulver is training for this fight on a little bit of short notice, but he takes it all in stride.
Jeff Curran vs Joseph Benavidez WEC 40 fight booked for Chicago April 5
There is a possible bantamweight number one contender eliminator match being discussed between former featherweight top contender Jeff Curran (29-10-1) and the undefeated training partner of Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez (9-0), for WEC 40 in Chicago, Ill., on April 5.
Curran’s last two fights for the Zuffa-owned promotion have been in the 145-pound featherweight division. In those two matches we saw him lose to former champion Urijah Faber by submission at WEC 31 and then fall to reigning division kingpin Mike Thomas Brown via decision at WEC 34 in June.
JEFF CURRAN VS. JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ SET FOR APRIL 5 WEC
A pivotal bantamweight match-up has been confirmed for the upcoming World Extreme Cagefighting card set for April 5, as former featherweight contender, Jeff "Big Frog" Curran takes on up and coming star, Joseph Benavidez, in a 135lb contest that could determine the next title contender.
PALASZEWSKI VS. CRUNKILTON IN WEC MARCH 1
As the March 1 WEC card in Corpus Christi, TX starts to take shape, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Bart Palaszewski and Richard Crunkilton will do battle in a lightweight match-up that could land the winner in title contention.
Mike Budnik vs. John Franchi set for WEC 39
Coming off the first loss of his professional career, Mike Budnik (7-1) will meet undefeated WEC newcomer John Franchi (4-0) at WEC 39.
Sources close to the fighters today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the bout has been finalized.
Ed Ratcliff Out, Ben Henderson In At WEC 38
A change has been made to the upcoming WEC 38 card slated for Jan. 25, as MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Ed Ratcliff has been forced out of his upcoming match-up against Anthony Njokuani due to an undisclosed injury. His replacement will be up and coming fighter, Benson Henderson, who steps in on just over a week's notice to make his debut for the promotion.