WEC 41 Play-by-Play

Jun 8, 2009
Sherdog.com reports from the Arco Arena in Sacramento with live play-by-play of WEC 41 "Brown vs. Faber II." In the co-main event, Jose Aldo will clash with Cub Swanson.

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Rolando Perez vs. Seth Dikun
Round 1
They measure up and Dikun lands the first shot. Perez responds with a right that drops Dikun. Dikun is up and pushes Perez to cage. Dikun drops to guard and cinches a triangle choke. Perez tries to slam out unsuccessfully. Dikun adds elbows from the bottom. The pair stalemate here, but Dikun keeps the pressure on until Perez taps out at 2:30 into the first round. Dikun's jump to guard was impressive.

Noah Thomas vs. Frank Gomez
Round 1
Thomas opens with a couple low inside kicks and connects with a spinning-back kick. Thomas eats a knee and back tracks. Gomez lands a good knee in the Thai clinch. Thomas drops levels, but is stuffed. Thomas is hunting a single leg on the fence, but Gomez is standing his ground. Gomez is the one to execute the takedown. Thomas is in high guard. Gomez lands a hard shot and two elbows. Gomez turns up the heat with his punches, and then switches to elbows. Gomez nails an elbow and Thomas is cut on his forehead. Gomez works the cut over to the bell. 10-9 Gomez.

Round 2
Gomez misses a flying knee to kick off the round and Thomas wrangles him to the cage. Thomas drops to guard for a leglock with Gomez in tow. Thomas is more aggressive setting up an armbar attempt, but Gomez is beginning his ground-and-pound onslaught again. Gomez is scoring with left elbows, and then passes to side control. Gomez locks on an arm-triangle choke and immediately gets the tap at 3:12 into the second round.

Scott Jorgensen vs. Antonio Banuelos
Round 1
Banuelos opens with a strong left-right that backs Jorgensen up. Banuelos initiates the clinch, then takes Jorgensen down on the cage. Jorgensen's back climbs the cage and they're back to center. Banuelos is landing well in clinches and out, but Jorgensen is staying in the game with return fire. They battle for position on the fence. Jorgensen lands a high kick and tries to take down Banuelos, but The Pit-trained fighter will have none of it. Jorgensen lands another kick, and they finish the round in the clinch. Banuelos 10-9.

Round 2
Banuelos lands a solid right hand, and then follows with a combo. Jorgensen forces the clinch and tries to latch on a guillotine to no avail. The bantamweight pair takes center cage again. Jorgensen with a right and Banuelos responds with another combo. It's some nice dirty boxing from both as they sneak in shots in the clinch. Back to center canvas, Banuelos lands another uppercut- left hook combo. Banuelos is moving well, and Jorgensen is in pursuit. Jorgensen with a four-punch combo. Another active round with both getting in some licks. Banuelos ekes out the round 10-9, but it's close.

Round 3
The fighters pick off where they left off, and Banuelos hits the takedown. Jorgensen latches on the brabo choke from his back, but Banuelos escapes and they are back on their feet. Jorgensen with a body kick and a follow-up combo. Jorgensen lands a knee in the Thai clinch. Another good knee to Banuelos’ face, but Banuelos is far from out. Another solid exchange. Jorgensen shucks Banuelos down off a guillotine attempt. Banuelos is to his knees and Jorgensen tries to take his back. Banuelos is up with Jorgenson body locked. Banuelos spills to mat and Jorgensen goes for a D'Arce choke. Banuelos is out as the round ends. Jorgensen 10-9. The official ruling is a split decision 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28 for Banuelos. The crowd is split over the decision as well, but a great effort by both fighters.

Mike Campbell vs. Anthony Pettis
Round 1
Campbell catches his opponent’s opening kick and Pettis latches on a standing guillotine. Campbell slams out and fights through an armbar and a triangle-choke attempt. Campbell is punching from the standing position into Pettis' guard. Campbell falls into another triangle and Pettis works the angle for the tapout at 1:49. Pettis was slick.

Rafael Rebello vs. Kyle Dietz
Round 1
Dietz charges in with a flurry that mostly misses and they clinch on the cage, before separating back to center. Dietz with a body shot, then a scramble that spills to mat. Rebello is on top. Dietz rises to his knees and Rebello sees his opening, taking Dietz's back. The rear-naked choke and the tapout comes shortly after at *2:55, giving Dietz his first career loss ever.

*Note: the official time was called at 2:55, though the clock was stopped with 3:05 remaining-- for a time of 1:55.

Manny Gamburyan vs. John Franchi
Round 1
They clinch and Gamburyan takes Franchi down at the same time that Franchi drops to guard. Gamburyan working body and head shots, then drops back for a leglock. Franchi takes Gamburyan's back and Gamburyan counters with a kimura sweep into an armbar attempt. They continue to scramble on the canvas and Gamburyan ends up in Franchi's guard. They're stood with 1:30 to go. A few shots are thrown, but nothing connects. Gamburyan pushes a single leg to the fence, but they stall there. Gamburyan 10-9.

Round 2
Gamburyan fires a right to counter a Franchi kick and Franchi goes down. Gamburyan stacks Franchi. Franchi goes for an armbar, but eats a few fists for his efforts. Gamburyan is steadily landing shots, though it's not enough action for the ref's liking and it's restood. Unintentional groin shot, a low right uppercut to be exact, from Franchi grazes Gambaryan and the clock is stopped. Gambaryan is doubled over, but the crowd grows impatient. It restarts, and Gamburyan thows a short hook to get the clinch. Gambaryan gets the takedown on the cage. Gamburyan is posted and trying to create space for bigger shots, where it ends the frame. Gamburyan 10-9.

Round 3
A head kick is blocked by Gamburyan, who immediately takes Franchi down. Gamburyan is a little more aggressive to find a finish with punches, but Franchi keeps pulling him in. Gambaryan lands a solid one-two. Franchi has his left leg high for a plata attempt, but Gamburyan breaks free. Crowd is getting restless. Gamburyan connects with some body shots, but the arena breaks out in boos. Gamburyan posted on his knees trying to land something big. Gamburyan with an elbow. Franchi isn't launching any offensive as the bell sounds. Gamburyan 10-9.

The judges score it 30-27 across the board for Gamburyan, who takes a unanimous decision in a lackluster bout. Gamburyan is booed in his post-fight interview.

Jens Pulver vs. Josh Grispi
Round 1
The fighters meet in the center of the cage with matching head kicks that miss. Pulver gets a single-leg takedown and is immediately caught in an arm-in guillotine. Pulver fought the technique for a few moments by trying to free his head before tapping out. The official time is 0:33 of the opening frame.

Donald Cerrone vs. James Krause
Round 1
Krause starts the action with a low kick. Cerrone misses with a kick to the body and eats a sharp kick to the back of his knee for the effort. Krause gets a takedown and Cerrone goes directly to an omaplata. Krause escapes and rains down a hammerfist before being taken down. Cerrone lands a right hand from the guard and escapes a modified kimura attempt. Cerrone stands and stuffs a single leg. Cerrone transitions to a standing-guillotine choke and rocks Krause’s world with a knee to the face. Cerrone connects with a left hook and a right straight on the chin that folds his opponent. Cerrone hops on the back of Krause and forces a tap to a rear-naked choke at 4:38 of round one.

Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson
Round 1
Aldo takes flight and explodes into a double flying knee. The left comes up first and the right follows directly on the left eye of Swanson. The American collapses and covers as Aldo finishes him with punches just eight seconds into the contest. Amazingly, each knee opened up a separate gash on the eye of Swanson. One cut below and a cavern of a gash above.

Mike Thomas Brown vs. Urijah Faber
Round 1
Faber misses a lazy head kick. Brown clinches with Faber and moves him to the fence. The fighters trade knees to the thigh and Faber gets off the cage. Faber stays away and lunges in with punches. Faber does the same with a front kick. Faber lands a right hand that opens a cut near the left eye of Brown. The champion looks frustrated and shoots a takedown. Faber locks up a guillotine and Brown defends. Faber gets to his feet and blasts Brown with a right hand. Brown’s knees buckle, but he recovers as Faber slipped trying to pounce. Brown works for a brabo and settles for side control. Faber gets to his feet to work for a single before the horn sounds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Faber
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Faber
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Faber

Round 2
Brown measures his opponent up and backs him to the cage, where he lands two punches to Faber’s body. Faber moves away and is hit with a right hook before being dragged down to the floor. Brown works for a guillotine and a brabo. Faber is game. He frees his head from danger and scrambles to his feet. Faber connects with a left hook and a knee to the body. The champion is stalking his challenger around the cage, looking to fight in close. Brown gets in a right hand and a body shot.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brown
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Brown
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Brown

Round 3
Faber scores with a lunging left to the liver. A standing elbow blasts Brown on the left temple. Faber tries to transition directly to a single-leg, which is stuffed easily by Faber. Brown works for a guillotine and Urijah escapes to his feet. Faber turns up the heat and rushes in with punches and a standing elbow. The fighters clinch and Faber trips Brown to the canvas. Faber nearly moves to mount but has to fight off a heel hook. Faber is favoring his right hand as he holds it low and exclusively throws his right elbow. Brown crushes Faber with a right hand. Faber shakes his head and Brown doesn’t pounce. The round ends with both fighters clinching against the fencing.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brown
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Brown
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Brown

Round 4
Faber goes to Brown’s body with a left hook. Brown ties up with his opponent and unleashes some sloppy dirty boxing from the puncher’s clinch. Faber, apparently fighting with a broken right hand, continues to throw left hooks and right standing elbows. From the clinch, Brown throws a solid standing elbow of his own on exit. Faber lands two elbows and Brown hurts the challenger with a left to the body. Brown scores with a knee to the midsection from the Thai clinch. Brown fails on a double attempt at the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brown
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Brown
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Brown

Round 5
The final frame starts with a touch of the gloves. Brown uses his jab and Faber keeps him at bay with a right kick to the body. Faber dives in with a standing elbow and gets taken down. Faber escapes and circles away from the champion, whose cardio has been unbelievable. Brown lifts Faber high into the air and deposits him on his head with an amazing slam. He’s unable to capitalize however, as Faber stands. Faber is now throwing open-handed slaps with his left hand. Could his other hand now be broken? Brown shoots and Faber locks up an inverted guillotine. Brown looks to be in danger for a moment but he recovers. Faber lands an elbow and is taken down before the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brown
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Brown
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Faber

Judges Doc Hamilton and Marcos Rosales see the bout 49-46 while Tony Weeks scores it 48-47. Mike Thomas Brown takes the unanimous decision.
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