World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) is set to launch the 2010 fight year with a bang TONIGHT (Sun., Jan. 10) in Sacramento, Calif., at the famous ARCO Arena.
WEC 46: "Varner vs. Henderson" will feature a lightweight title unification bout between Jamie Varner (champion) and Benson Henderson (interim champion), along with the return of WEC featherweight legend Urijah Faber, who will be the evening's "hometown boy" as he takes on fellow featherweight contender, Raphael Assuncao.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest WEC 46 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
WEC 46 QUICK RESULTS:
Benson Henderson defeats Jamie Varner via submission (guillotine) at 2:41 of round three
Urijah Faber defeats Raphael Assuncao via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:49 of round three
Mike Brown defeats Anthony Morrison via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:54 of round one
Kamal Shalorus defeats Dave Jansen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Deividas Taurosevicius defeats Mackens Semerzier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Charlie Valencia defeats Akitoshi Tamura via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Wagnney Fabiano defeats Clint Godfrey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mark Hominick defeats Bryan Caraway via submission (armbar) at 3:48 of round one
Eddie Wineland defeats George Roop via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Will Campuzano defeats Coty Wheeler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
WEC 46 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
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Jamie Varner vs. Benson Henderson (155-pound limit)
Round one: Gloves touch and here we go! Varner moving forward and Henderson lands a leg kick. Varner shoots and picks up Henderson for a takedown. Henderson looking for a leg lock now as both fighters are tangled up. Varner now has a north south position with a guillotine possibility. He stands and he's cranking it hard. Henderson looks okay, but he eats a big knee to the face from the champ. Knees to the body now from Varner as he continues to hold on to Henderson's neck. More knees from Varner. Herb Dean finally steps in and calls for the stand-up. Nice body kick lands for Henderson. Varner looks like he wants a timeout and Henderson shoots for the takedown. Weird. Varner defends the takedown and takes Henderson's back. Both guys stand but stay in the clinch. Knees from both fighters and the round ends with Henderson landing a nice right hand. Still Varner's round though.
Round two: Leg kick misses from Henderson. Varner walking forward and tries a flying knee. Henderson catches him and they clinch. Knee from Henderson as they separate. Leg kick lands for Varner. Henderson blocks a high kick attempt from Varner. Hard leg kick trips Henderson, but he pops right back up. Nice combination from a charging Jamie Varner. Leg kick from Varner. Body kick lands for Henderson. Varner charges in again, but henderson circles out. Hard body kick by Henderson. Not much landing for either fighter other than sporadic punches or kicks. Neither guy really taking a big lead. Henderson now with a high kick attempt. Varner catches it and tosses him to the mat. He's right back to his feet. Henderson charges forward now and lands a leg kick aftering missing a punch. Varner shoots and gets stuffed. Into the clinch with Varner pinning Henderson against the fence. Nice dirty boxing from Varner. He tries another big knee and misses. Varner trips Henderson to the mat now, but he jumps right back up. The round ends there with Varner charging in. Again, 10-9 Varner. Close though.
Round three: Henderson angrily throws an overhand right that pushes Varner back to start the round. Varner now charging forward, running Henderson to the cage and tieing him up. They separate and there's not much happening. Henderson with a leg kick. Nice left hand lands for Varner. Henderson answers with a body kick. Another exchange ending with a Henderson leg kick. Varner misses with a leg kick now. Henderson avoids a high kick. Hard body kick from Henderson. Big flurry from both guys that ends with a Jamie Varner takedown attempt. Henderson gets pushed to the fence. He grabs for a guillotine and jumps in the air locking Varner in his guard. Varner is still standing, but he is wildly tapping out. This fight is over! What an amazing finish for Ben Henderson as he now becomes the undisputed WEC lightweight champion. Wow!
Final result: Benson Henderson defeats Jamie Varner via submission (guillotine) at 2:41 of round three
Urijah Faber vs. Raphael Assuncao (145-pound limit)
Round one: Assuncao shows a couple leg kicks. Faber lands one. Assuncao initiates a clinch and he's looking for a takedown. Faber spins and puts Assuncao's back against the cage. Assuncao counters and does the same thing. Assuncao punches out and they separate. Faber misses on a straight high kick. Faber charges forward, misses with a right hand and they clinch. Assuncao puts him against the cage and lands a few strikes. Assuncao pushes out now. Faber connects on a hard straight right and they go right back into the clinch. Faber looking for a takedown now. He lands a body shot and they separate. Assuncao charges forward and misses on a combination. Urijah winds up a kick and Assuncao blocks it and counters with one of his own. Right back to the clinch with Faber's back pinned to the fence. Assuncao punches out with a big combo. Faber comes forward and Assuncao lands again. Faber with a left and eats a right from Assuncao at the same time. Nice leg kick lans for Assuncao. Urjiah swings with an overhand right. He misses and eats another flurry of punches from Assuncao. The round ends there. Assuncao's round 10-9.
Round two: Leg kick from Assuncao. Faber returns fire. Another from Faber. Straight high kick misses from Faber. He shoots and gets a takedown. He's working from Assuncao's full guard with some ground and pounding elbows. Assuncao tries to stand and Faber locks in a deep choke. Somehow Assuncao escapes and now they're back on their feet. Wow! High kick is blocked by Faber. Faber with a nice overhand right. He follows that up with a hard body kick. Urijah is doing a nice job of avoiding Assuncao's strikes now. Faber catches Assuncao with a big overhand right. Assuncao drops. Faber pounces, but Assuncao looks to have things under control. Faber with big elbows now as Assuncao is holding on trying to recover and defend. More big, fast elbows from Faber, who is smothering the Brazilian. Faber stands and drops down a nasty right hand. More ground strikes from Faber. Assuncao tries to stand. He looks up at the clock, sees less than 20 seconds and finally gets back to his feet before the bell sounds. Clear round for Faber. We're all locked up.
Round three: Assuncao misses on a leg kick. The crowd is chanting Faber's name loudly. Both fighters miss with right hands, then Assuncao connects. Faber gets a takedown, a lightning quick one. Right back up for Assuncao. Quick left hand lands for Faber. Assuncao now looking for the takedown. He's got a single. Urijah shrugs it off and they stay clinched against the cage. Knees from Assuncao before they separate again. Faber moving forward and he lands a right hand. Right hand lands for Assuncao now. Straight kick lands for Faber as he gets tripped by a low kick from Assuncao. He pops right back to his feet and drills Assuncao with a straight right. Assuncao drops. Faber is right on him, but Assuncao is able to collect himself and pull guard. Body strikes and elbows from Faber. Faber tries to pass and gets nowhere. Assuncao tries to stand and Faber takes his back. Assuncao is in deep trouble and Faber quickly locks in the choke. That's it! Assuncao taps and it's over. Nice job by Urijah Faber to overcome the slow start and finish off a tough opponent.
Final result: Urijah Faber defeats Raphael Assuncao via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:49 of round three
Mike Brown vs. Anthony Morrison (145-pound limit)
Round one: Morrison leans out with the first jab. Now a leg kick. Another misses. Now a kick to Brown's arm. Brown with a lazy jab that misses. Morrison right away with two more body kicks. Hard left hand, right hand combo from Morrison. Brown initiates a clinch and gets the takedown. He has side control and he has Morrison's arms trapped. He's landing punches, but Morrison somehow escapes. Brown stays on him and maintains the side control. Now he has a full mount. Morrison gives up his back and Brown chokes him out right away. Textbook win for the ex-champ. Very nice.
Final result: Mike Brown defeats Anthony Morrison via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:54 of round one
Dave Jansen vs. Kamal Shalorus (155-pound limit)
Round one: Kamal takes the center and Jansen dances around him. Nice exchange with both fighters landing. Kamal charges with a kick and there's another exchange. Nice punches from Jansen, but Kamal responds with a hard right hand of his own. Nice leg kick from Kamal. Looping right hand misses from Jansen. Nice exchange with Kamal landing a hard right hand. Jansen shoots, but Kamal shrugs him off. Hard exchange again. Both guys are swinging for the fences. Nice leg kick from Kamal. Another big exchange and Kamal looks to be landing the harder punches. Jansen charges in with punches and shoots for another takedown. Again, Kamal easily shrugs it off. Nice punches from Jansen now. High kick gets blocked by Kamal. Now Kamal has a body lock and a takedown. Jansen right back to his feet. Jansen leans in and Kamal unloads on him with two hard punches. Jansen steps back, but he's okay. Two more hard counter punches land from Kamal. Jansen's eye is bleeding now as he shoots for another takedown. Again, he gets nowhere with it. Jansen leans in again and again Kamal drills him with a hard left hand, right hand combo. Again, the same thing! Hard punches from Kamal. But Jansen looks okay as the round ends. That should be a clear cut round for Kamal Shalorus.
Round two: Jansen with a big right hand to open up the round. Kamal stands his ground and lands a hard right of his own. Big exchange with both guys landing again. Kamal is stalking and Jansen pushes him away with a leg kick. Kamal continues to walk forward, but he's winning this fight with counter punching. Everytime Jansen leans in for a punch, he eats the same left hand, right hand combo. And Kamal is throwing heat. It's amazing how Jansen is just eating these punches over and over. He still looks bouncy though and he continues to exchange with Kamal. Shalarus shoots now and has the takedown. He stands and so does Jansen. Jansen eats a hard punch on the way up. Jansen's face is all bloodied up now. Jansen shoots, but has nothing. Jansen sneaks in a right hand. He charges, but Kamal recovers and returns fire. Another huge right hand lands from Kamal. Jansen's legs lock up, but he stays on his feet. Body kick from Jansen lands. More exchanges with both fighters landing wildly. Jansen shoots. Kamal stuffs it and the round ends there. Should be another 10-9 for Kamal.
Round three: Jansen charges forward and lands nothing. Now he lands a big right hand. Kamal tries to counter but misses. Jansen shoots and gets nothing again. Hard jabs from Kamal. Again, Kamal shrugs off a Jansen takedown attempt. Another exchange initiated by Jansen that ends with landed punches from Shalarus. Jansen again shoots in lazily for a takedown. Again, he doesn't get close. Jansen is hanging in there though. He keeps punching and moving forward. He's a tough tough dude. Kamal again ignores a takedown attempt and lands a punch or two. Now he goes for and gets a takedown of his own. He stand right back up and Jansen follows. A tired Jansen tries to get it back to the ground, but Kamal avoids it. Jansen continues to work hard though. He's landing more punches. Now Kamal gets another takedown. He has Jansen's back momentarily, but Jansen spins out. Side control for Kamal. They both stand but stay in the clinch. Thats where the fight ends. Kamal Shalorus should take the decision here.
Final result: Kamal Shalorus defeats Dave Jansen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Mackens Semerzier vs. Deividas Taurosevicius (145-pound limit)
Round one: Mackens opens up with a leg kick. DT charges and puts Mackens' back against the fence. Mackens is doing a nice job of defending the takedown, but a relentless DT continues to work until he gets a slam. From side control he works some ground and pound before standing and unloading a few kicks to the legs of Semerzier. Back on top of him and he's in side mount. Elbows to Mackens' body. Elbows to the head now, but Mackens gets guard. Now he's back to his feet and they're separated. Nice job by Mackens. Left hand lands for DT. Now a leg kick. He shoots and grabs a single. Mackens is defending it well and he lands a few strikes before DT finally gets another slamming takedown. Closed guard for Mackens. DT is trying to work, but Mackens holds on and earns a stand up. Right away DT shoots for a takedown. Again, Mackens defends it initially and the bell sounds. 10-9 round for DT.
Round two: Leg kick from Mackens. He misses on a high kick right after. Another hard leg kick lands. Nice one-two combo now from Mackens. Mackens lands a nice head kick. He grabs for a Thai clinch and DT capitalizes on it and gets a takedown. Mackens hops right back to his feet, but DT hangs on and gets another single leg takedown. Mackens stands, but DT is draped on his back. Another slam takedown for DT. Mackesn slooking for the triangle. He doesn't have it. DT stands and works more leg kicks. Back into a closed guard again. Mackens isn't doing much but hanging on from here, but he's defending any real offense from DT at the same time. DT postures up and lands a couple hard punches now. He's working hard to pass, but Mackens isn't allowing it. Mackens is also starting to land some punches from his back now too, but DT is maintaining the top position. More ground strikes from DT and the round ends there. This round was closer, but it should be another 10-9 for DT.
Round three: Nice right hand lands from Mackens to open the round. Another exchange and both fighters land punches. Nice, hard kicks now from Mackens. DT grabs a high kick attempt from Mackens and gets an easy takedown. Mackens hops right back to his feet and gets separation. DT leans in with a right and tries to clinch, but Mackens shoves him off. DT shoots right away for a double. Mackesn sprawls and stands, but DT is hangin on for the single. Mackesn with a kimura attempt! DT rolls and now has a leg lock. Mackens looks okay, and he lands a couple hard body shots. Now He's attempting a foot lock of his own. They both let go and Mackens stands over DT. A few more body shots land for Mackens. A few more. He continues to work the body shots. Now a head shot and Mackens is exploding. DT weathers it and gets half guard. Mackens to side control. Now he's got DT's back. Now he has a guillotine! DT escapes and the round and fight come to an end. That round was all Mackens, but DT should take the decision, 2 rounds to 1.
Final result: Deividas Taurosevicius defeats Mackens Semerzier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)