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WEC was better than I thought it’d be

The WEC event was on last night and overall I give it a 7 out of 10. To give you some perspective, I gave the TUF6 finale an 8 out of 10 and UFC 78 a 5 out of 10. Basically the main fights went like this: two steamrolls and two excellent fights.

Jens Pulver made beating Cub Swanson look dirt simple … all of Cub’s talk about trading with Jens on the feet turned out to be a complete troll as he shot for a takedown 5 seconds into the fight. Jens showed why he’s the man at 145 by powering out of the shoot and then sunk in the meanest looking guillotine I’d ever seen. Cub tried to roll out of it but was completely trapped and had to tap like a bitch just over 30 seconds into the fight.

This is the big thing for Jens: he’s now fighting in a weight class where he’s not put up against people way bigger than him. It was amazing that Jens was able to hang with the higher weight classes as long as he did, but now I think we’re going to see Little Evil back in top form since he has the power and size to bully his opponents. A bigger fighter might have been able to power out of that choke, but another 145’er had no chance.

Doug Marshall rolled over Ariel Gandulla like I thought he would … Ariel looked like the novice he was and got caught by THE FIRST SUBMISSION KIDS ARE TAUGHT IN JIU-JITSU: A lazy armbar from the bottom. I was a bit surprised though … Doug Marshall came out looking like a sensitive boyfriend rather than the pissed off Rhino we all know and love. Maybe he was thinking that Ariel had some kind of super-dangerous secret weapon. But unless that secret weapon was “terrible submission defence” … no.

Now onto the battles!

Chael Sonnen was absolutely wailing on a listless Paulo Filho, who basically blamed his problems cutting to 185 on his poor performance. Chael came within inches of finishing the fight early in the first round after a slam seemed to knock Filho out for a moment. In true champion fashion, Filho held on and pulled off a ‘controversial’ submission. ‘Controversial’ in quotations because Chael Sonnen claimed he was just fine, dispite the fact that he was clearly not. I’m sure Sonnen would have been perfectly happy to have his arm broken backwards on live TV and while that would have been totally cool to see, I say good stoppage ref. Good stoppage.

I have to hand it to Chael though … I thought he was going to get absolutely destroyed in this fight but he completely dominated both rounds right up to the last few seconds when Filho pulled a sweet sub out of his ass. Again, Filho complained afterwards about how hard it was to make weight, making me think his lackluster performance had to do with a really bad cut.

Last but not least, Jeff Curran did better than I expected against Urijah Assface Faber. He dominated the first round and came close to finishing things from Faber’s back with a body triangle. Faber kept his cool and got out of it with a minute left to go and from there dominated the second round on his way to a slick choke with 30 seconds left on the clock.

I hate Urijah Faber with a passion, but I can’t deny that the guy has some serious skills. Curran came out strong and put Faber into some tough spots, but Faber survived and turned the tables on his opponent. Jeff Curran also came out with a lot of power and looked 100 times better than he was in his WEC debut where he was unable to even finish Stephen Ledbetter. Let’s hope the Big Frog doesn’t return to his lackluster ways when he’s not fighting for a title shot. Another year or so in the WEC and I can see him winning his next title fight.

All in all, two excellent back and forth fights that solidified their respective WEC champions, Jens Pulver proving he’s no pushover, and Doug Marshall … well, Doug Marshall beat a can. An entertaining night of fights that deserves props. Now lets just hope we don’t have to wait several months for the next one!

  • Foreskin Face Pete

    could’ve been an 8 out of 10 if they’d locked that jackass Mir out of the hardrock. i watched half the fights on mute.

  • fightlinker

    It would have been 8/10 if they’d gotten a competent opponent for Rhino. The Pulver fight was only good because I’m a Pulver fan and I was happy to see him dispatch Cub Swanson without breaking a sweat. Individually the Filho/Sonnen and Faber/Curran fights were solid 8/10s each.

  • bmiller

    “Chael came within inches of finishing the fight early in the third after a slam seemed to knock Filho out for a moment. ”

    I think that this was early in the 1st if I am thinking right????
    I hate Doug Marshall. Fuck him and his stupid “KD” that he is trying to start and make cool. Just becuase you abbreviate two words doesnt mean it is cool.


  • Beau

    How about Brian Bowles, the best name in MMA since its prounounced “Balls”. His nickname should be “stinky” or “big hairy”. I couldn’t help but laugh when the ring announcer was shouting “Ballllllllllllllssssssssss!!!!”

  • fightlinker

    That ring announcer fucking sucked balls. You could tape his mouth shut and he’d still be able to speak out his nose and sound the same.

  • KilerBootsMan

    Why did Jens keep yelling “Fuck you! Fuck you!” and like pointing at the crowd and Cub Swanson after he won? Oh and he also screamed “ONE…..FOUR….FIVE! AHHH!” but I guess I know why he did that.

  • Foreskin Face Pete

    @FL in #5:
    agreed, agreed. that “145 hard and ready pounds” or whatever he kept saying was pretty damn gay.

  • Schifftis

    If you are one of the light heavyweights in the UFC lost in the shuffle, would you think about moving over to the WEC to challenge Rhino? He doesn’t seem to have faced any real competition, I am thinking someone like Lambert, who I think would take it in round 2

  • Lifer

    how can you leave out the carlos valencia fight? that fight was the craziest highlight reel of mma i’ve ever seen. the craziest wobbles and a fucking suplex and it doesn’t even get a MENTION? WAKE THE FUCK UP!

    this event totally destroyed the tuf6 finale man. you were just more emotionally invested cuz you got the chance to out yourself as a grape fetishist. seriously tho, wEc event > tuf finale all the way.

  • stellar53

    Filho is a bitch….always making up excuses…….number one in the world my ass……

  • Foreskin Face Pete

    damn lifer beat me to it… i just came back to say that that fight was sick.
    does 5 foot 3 make valencia a really short man or a really tall midget? either way, exciting fecking fight.

  • Matt (tapout name shitstain)

    Fucking suplex and one of the nastiest right hands I’ve seen landed in a while makes me give this fucker a 9 on the free TV scale.

  • schmengee

    this card was a 5/10 at best…this was a loaded card on paper, but the fights OVERALL were average. Shoddy show, Mir was WAY off (and his side kick), and the placed looked like it was being broadcast from Dana’s basement.

    Sonnen has Filho beat but does nothing to finish in typical one dementional wrestler fashion. Curran put the beat down on Faber 3/4’s of a round, but once the blood starts flowing, a black belt in BJJ is caught in a f’ing choke, wonderful. And why in the fuck doesn’t Curran just stand up?!? Because HE QUIT! Marshall, who cares, just look at him. Pulver vs Faber couldn’t happen soon enough and I hope they put in on the 2/08 card…at least the midgets showed up to bang…

  • JiuJitsu365

    I agree with Lifer. Where is the Carlos Valencia mention? Further, the guy he beat said he was going to avenge his friend’s loss that occured earlier on the Tapout show. He was dropped with a right, then suplexed and then guillotined for good measure…

    I give it at least an 8 out of 10. They also provided more fights than I thought they would, which is also a plus…..

  • Big D D

    I am glad that I was wrong about jens (mailbag)….he looked great…if I was into “getting on bandwagons”, I’d fight for a spot on his.

  • Accomando

    Shitty week for McHenry County fighters in Zuffa main events, first Guida loses then Curran too, fuck!

    My only hope is that Faber tests postive for roids, that little M’F’er is too strong.

  • fightlinker

    He’s just really good at cutting. I’d love to know what he walks around at

  • MacDaddy

    Faber has “surfer-strength” – it’s like Tommy Speers’ “farmer-strength”, but less fucking stupid.

  • fightlinker

    A lot less ‘aye’ and a lot more ‘dude’

  • Lifer

    you realize by ignoring the public outcry over the omission of valencia you’re totally asking to be kd’d right?

  • fightlinker

    Wierd … that fight wasn’t in my copy of the WEC event. Perhaps the guy’s tivo skipped it by accident thinking it was a midget elf xmas commercial.

    I’m eager to check it out tonight tho

  • KilerBootsMan

    Faber’s strength resides in his man-tan. He can only be beat by dudes with a better tan, i.e. Tyson Griffin. Pasty mid-westerners stand no chance.

  • Accomando

    I think Faber’s chin can fart.

  • dragomort

    Valencia’s dwarf-tossing technique is flawless!

  • Lifer

    you’re spoilering !!!

  • Xavier

    Wow, you missed Valencia? That was a great, fun fight.

    Overall a great event, first WEC I’ve really enjoyed. Sad that I can get this in HD, but have no way to get any UFC in HD. WEC > UFC!… at least when it comes to high definition.

  • Eric Shapiro

    I’ve been telling people for a while now, WEC is only going to get bigger and better. Nice to see it’s finally getting some due credit.