WEC 51 Results & Live Play-by-Play

Sep 30, 2010
Sherdog.com will report from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., at approximately 6:15 p.m. ET with play-by-play and live results of WEC 51, which is headlined by featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo vs. Manny Gamburyan.

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Demetrious Johnson vs. Nick Pace
Round 1
Pace looks huge next to Johnson and fires an erant high kick to start the fight. Johnson bullies his way inside and takes double underhooks but Pace pummels and take one under back. Johnson scores a takedown and nestles into Pace's guard. Pace works for a kimura then elevates his guard looking for a submission. Johnson extricates himself from the tangle and passes to side. Pace stands briefly before being body-locked back to the mat. He stands again and is peppered with knees from the clinch until the bell sounds. Sherdog scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.

Round 2
Johnson goes on the offensive to start the second. He blasts Pace with a flurry of punches that backs him into the cage. Johnson fires again and Pace covers up and retreats. Johnson pursues and lands a double that sinks Pace to the floor. Pace stalls him out and the fighters are restarted on the feet. Johnson scores another takedown and tries to ground and pound. He lands a nice elbow but little more. Johnson takes the second 10-9 on the Sherdog card.

Round 3
Johnson attacks Pace's legs with low kicks before going to the body and then head with kicks and an uppercut. It appears Pace has little for "Mighty Mouse," Johnson is having his way with him. Johnson shoots but is stuffed. They clinch along the cage before Johnson scoops him up and runs across the cage and plants him on the mat. Pace gets up and works for a single, Johnson locks on a kimura to defend. They tumble to the floor and Pace takes his back but can't get close to a submission before the bout closes. Sherdog scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.

Official scores: Johnson takes the unanimous decision with a score of 30-27 on all three cards.

Antonio Banuelos vs. Chad George
Round 1
One minute in and nothing is going on; lots of movement but no exchanges. Two minutes in and we are in the same place. Boos are ringing out. Three minutes in and still nothing. With 90 seconds to go in the first we finally have an exchange. George catches a kick and lands a single shot. Banuelos lands a low kick and hits a takedown. He moves to side but gets caught in what looks like an inverted arm triangle. It is tight but the round ends, saving Banuelos. George takes the first 10-9.

Round 2
Aside from a low kick or two nothing is happening in the first three minutes of round two. Just like the first round, the action picks up later in the frame. George shoots and is stuffed. Banuelos moves from a front headlock to the back of his opponent. George tries to get his guard but Banuelos moves to side. He can't do much with the position but it is enough to get him the round on the Sherdog card.

Round 3
George lands a hard kick to the body of Banuelos about a minute into the final round. Banuelos takes George to the mat off of a scramble and moves to side again. Banuelos goes for a head-and-arm choke but George defends well. They scramble up to the bell with Banuelos maintaining top position earning him the nod 10-9 on the Sherdog tally.

Official scores: 29-28 (twice) and 30-27 all for the winner by unanimous decision, Antonio Banuelos.

Tyler Toner vs. Diego Nunes
Round 1
Toner throws a wild right but Nunes ducks under and double-legs him to the ground. Nunes works his way past Toner's legs and takes side. Toner tries to sit up and Nunes sees an opening to lock on a guillotine. He sits back into guard and then rolls on top of Toner. It looks locked in but Toner obviously has some room to breath because he is not tapping. Nunes squeezes and squeezes but he can't finish and finally let's it go. Nunes takes top again but is too passive for referee Eric Heinz who stands them up with about 30 seconds to go. Toner stops a takedown attempt and misses a head kick to round out the period. The first round goes to Nunes 10-9.

Round 2
Nunes blasts Toner then pushes him down along the cage. Toner defends a weak arm-in guillotine attempt but eats a few short shots. Toner is up but takes a pair of punches and a deflected knee before he is taken back down. Nunes locks up another guillotine with 40 seconds left but he can't get an angle on it and Toner survives the round. Nunes takes it 10-9 once again.

Round 3
Nunes opens the final round with a stiff right and a spinning back-kick to the body of Toner. The Denver native answers back by fighting off a takedown and pushing an off-balance Nunes to the mat. His offense is quickly nullified when Nunes stands and backs him to the cage with strikes. Nunes gets another takedown and smothers Toner along the cage. Nunes locks on a Kimura as he stands over Toner and falls back to guard with just over a minute left. He futilly tries to wrench it free but can't and the fighters are brought back to their feet. After a fast flurry by Toner, Nunes ends any hope for the hometown kid by taking him down with just 20 seconds left. Nunes takes yet another round 10-9.

Official scores are 29-28 (twice) and 30-27 for Diego Nunes, who takes the unanimous decision.

Chris Horodecki vs. Ed Ratcliff
Round 1
After a two-minute sparring session, Horodecki finally throws the first meaningful combination of the fight. He lands a left to the body followed by a right hook to the jaw of Ratcliff. And we are back to pitter-pat sparring. Horodecki does just enough to get the nod 10-9 on the Sherdog card.

Round 2
There is a little bit more action in round two but neither fighter is throwing combos; it's all single shots. Ratcliff drops Horodecki briefly but he is right back up. Horodecki lands a kick right to the groin and Ratcliff is having flashbacks to the Cerrone fight. He takes a few minutes to shake it off and we are back at it. Ratcliff wobbles Horodecki again but he seems ok. He lands a glancing kick to the face of 9mm to end the period. Ratcliff evens the Sherdog card with a 10-9 of his own.

Round 3
Horodecki may want it a bit more, he is moving forward and lands a nice overhand right about 90 seconds into round three. Neither fighter has done anything risky despite their reputations as high risk-high rewards fighters. 90 seconds to go and it is still up for grabs. Horodecki gets the better of a nice exchange with under a minute to go. He lands a good combo, avoids the counter and lands again. He takes 9mm to the mat to seal it in the closing seconds. 10-9 for "The Polish Hammer" on the Sherdog card.

The official scores read 28-29, 30-27 (twice) in favor of Chris Horodecki, who wins by split decision.

Mike Thomas Brown vs. Cole Province
Round 1
Brown stalks Province around the cage as he circles around the outside. Not much going on. Brown lands what looks like a glancing blow but Province falls over as Brown backed out. The former champ pounced and delivered a slew of right hands as Province covered up. Referee Eric Heinz decided Province had had enough and stepped in at 1:18 to halt the action. Province jumped to his feet and seemed displeased with the quick stoppage and he may have been justified. The replays showed the brunt of Browns blows being absorbed by Province's arms and gloves.

Tie Quan Zhang vs. Pablo Garza
Round 1
Zhang wrangles Garza to the mat with little trouble. He sets up in his guard and reaches over his head for a guillotine but Garza slips out. Garza sets up for an armbar, but Zhang pulls out and again grabs the guillotine. This time he gets free of Garza's guard and rolls to his back, locking his legs around him and sinking the submission. Garza taps out at 2:26 to give the Mongolian his first WEC win.

Leonard Garcia vs. Mark Hominick
Round 1
The fighters touch gloves to start, and immediately Garcia goes to work with his jab. Hominick takes the center of the cage, trying to force Garcia to fight with his back against the fence. Garcia lands a nice hook to the body and tries a left upstairs. Hominick lands a right straight, but Garcia fires right back. Garcia lands a huge leg kick, but Hominick retorts with a stiff jab to Garcia's face. Garcia swings wildly and misses with a left hook. Both fighters are throwing clean, crisp strikes. Midway through the round, and it's anybody's fight at this point. Hominick is still landing that jab, but Garcia has connected with several hard body kicks. Garcia is absolutely swinging for the fences. With a minute to go, Hominick is still stalking Garcia around the cage. Garcia lands another cracking leg kick. Hominick whiffs with a high kick as the round expires.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hominick
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Garcia
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hominick

Round 2
Round two begins with Garcia swinging. Hominick is still controlling the cage, however. Hominick lands a glancing right hand and then a body shot. Hominick checks a hard leg kick and then fires off a right straight. Garcia bull rushes, but Hominick counters with a nice straight. He's still working that piston-like jab. Garcia lands a pair of nice leg kicks and hits Garcia with a crisp right straight. Hominick is bleeding from his left ear, but Garcia looks winded. Hominick defends a Garcia flurry superbly and counters with a well-timed jab. Garcia isn't going away, but this body looks to be fading. He's firing in short bursts, and each punch he throws seems to be taking something out of him. Hominick's jab is still accurate. Hominick lands two beautiful lead-left hooks and then a straight right. Garcia is now bleeding from his nose. Garcia lands a hard hook to Hominick's liver. Hominick lands a nice left hook, but Garcia counters with a right hand.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hominick
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hominick
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hominick

Round 3
Garcia again comes out aggressive in round three, and he's staying busy with combinations. But Hominick is relentless with that jab. Garcia throw's a high kick, but it's blocked. Hominick lands another hard jab and then a counter left hook to the body. Garcia lands a lunging right hand, but Hominick comes right back with a sweet counter left hook. Hominick looks fresh. Hominick is in control, but Garcia simply won't go away. Garcia is exhausted. Hominick lands another beautiful left hook that drops Garcia for a half second. Garcia is winging punches wildly. Garcia nearly buries Hominick with a head kick, but Hominick manages to avoid Garcia's shin. Hominick is in-and-out, peppering Garcia and Garcia swings for the fences unsuccessfully.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hominick (30-27 Hominick)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hominick (29-28 Hominick)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hominick (30-27 Hominick)

Official scores: 29-28 (twice) and 28-29 for the winner by split decision, Mark Hominick.

Chan Sung Jung vs. George Roop
Round 1
Jung lands a leg kick to start the fight, but Roop fires back with a straight right hand. Jung starts swinging wildly, but lands nothing. Roop finds a home for a push kick. Roop's starting to establish his jab. Jung lands a right hand. Roop doubles up on his jab and fires off a head kick that is blocked. Jung lands and uppercut. Roop throws a superman punch, but it glances off Jung's gloves. Jung is still throwing that leg kick. Jung lands a nice overhand right. Jung nearly connects with a huge right hand, then lands a big counter body kick. Roop lands a high kick, and Jung just eats it. Jung lands knees from the Thai clinch. Jung lands a big left hook as he charges ahead wildly. Jung is now stalking Roop around the cage. Jung lands a glancing overhand right. Roop lands a push kick and the round expires.

Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Jung
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Roop
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-10

Round 2
Jung takes the center of the cage, but Roop lands a stiff jab. Roop is dancing around and lands a pretty high kick. Jung responds with wild hooks that are mostly blocked by Roop. Roop lands a body kick. Roop lands a beautiful jab followed by a head kick. Jung is out cold before he hits the floor. The official time is 1:30 of round two. Jung was able to leave the cage under his own power.

Miguel Torres vs. Charlie Valencia
Round 1
Torres takes the center of the cage and is measuring the distance with his lead hand. Torres lands a leg kick. Valencia whiffs with a head kick. Torres is stalking Valencia, but neither fighter is ready to open up. Torres is keeping his chin buried beneath his lef shoulder. Torres lands a stiff jab. Valencia retorts with a low kick. Torres lands a low kick of his own. Torres explodes and lands several hooks to the body and goes upstairs. Valencia clinches and Torres pins him up against the fence. The fighters break. Torres is keeping his right hand super high. A Torres lead low kick lands low, and Adam Martinez halts the action to allow Valencia to recover. The fighters touch gloves and the action resumes. Valencia misses with a head kick but lands a kick to Torres' leg. Valencia is now moving around the ring much better. Torres explodes and pushes Valencia to his back. Torres rains down shots, but Valencia is able to grab a single as time expires.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Torres
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Torres
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Torres

Round 2
Valencia misses with a high kick and then an overhand right. Torres again takes the center of the cage. Valencia dives for an ankle pick, but Torres avoids it. Torres lands a high kick and a beautiful combination, dropping Valencia. It looks as though Torres may finish it, but somehow Valencia survives. Torres lands a knee and Valencia falls to his back. Torres lands some ground and pound before taking Valencia's back and locking up a body triangle. Torres sinks in a rear-naked choke and Valencia taps at 2:25 of round two.

Jamie Varner vs. Donald Cerrone
Round 1
Cerrone rushes out of his corner immediately, and Varner throws a haymaker. The fighters clinch, and Cerrone lands a knee that rocks Varner. Varner retreats, and Cerrone follows with a flying knee. Varner has lost his mouthpiece, and Herb Dean gives it back to him when the action lulls. Cerrone is the aggressor, rifling off leg kicks. Varner lands a big shot, and Cerrone tries for a throw. Varner resists and lands an inside uppercut. Varner throws a huge right hand, but Cerrone slips it and scores a takedown. Varner wall walks back to his feet and escapes the clinch. Varner lands a nice left hook. Cerrone is continually moving forward. Cerrone lands a leg kick and follows up with a with a one-two. Cerrone just misses with a high kick. Cerrone drops Varner with a sweet counter left hook. Both men are swinging wildly, and Varner lands a stiff right hand as time expires.

Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Cerrone
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cerrone
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Cerrone

Round 2
Round two starts much slower. Both men are measuring the distance. Cerrone lands a nice body kick. Varner retorts with a hook to the liver. Cerrone rifles off a one-two, followed by a cracking leg kick. Varner connects with a left hook to the body and a crisp right hand to Cerrone's jaw. Cerrone scores a takedown and immediately passes Varner's guard. Cerrone transitions to north-south, but Varner bucks and forces a scramble. Back on their feet, both men again measuring the distance. Cerrone lands two nice knees. Varner is cut right between the eyes. Cerrone lands a hard leg kick, and then another. Cerrone is the clear aggressor. Varner checks a low kick and shoots for a takedown. Cerrone stuffs the takedown and taunts the former champion as round two winds down.

Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Cerrone
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cerrone
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Cerrone

Round 3
The fighters touch gloves to begin the third. Cerrone lands a jab right down the middle, then unleashes a combination that ends with a body kick. Varner stuffs a Cerrone takedown, but he looks to be breathing heavily. Varner barely blocks a heavy Varner head kick. Cerrone tries another takedown, but Varner escapes. Varner takes a big breath, but then lands a big right hand. Varner connects with another solid right, but Cerrone is totally unfazed. Varner is fighting like he knows he's behind. Varner takes a kick to the body and places his hands on his hips out of fatigue. Cerrone scores another takedown and starts landing short elbows. Varner is now bleeding noticeably, and his face is mostly stained red. Cerrone shoots again for a takedown, but Varner stuffs it. Cerrone now looks a little fatigued as well. Cerrone lands two hard low kicks. The fighters touch gloves as the fight expires, but Cerrone shoves Varner with a forearm. It looks as though Varner may retaliate, but stops himself short.

Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Cerrone (30-27 Cerrone)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cerrone (30-27 Cerrone)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Cerrone (30-27 Cerrone)

Official scores: 30-27 across the board for Donald Cerrone, who takes the unanimous decision.

Jose Aldo vs. Manny Gamburyan
Round 1
The fighters touch gloves to start the championship contest. Gamburyan lands a left hook followed by a right, and Aldo is off balance. The champ recovers quickly. Aldo lands a knee to the body. Aldo lands a hard low kick. Both fighters are tentative to let their hands go. Aldo lands another leg kick, and Manny responds with a one-two combination that Aldo avoids. Gamburyan again lunges forward, but his punches are blocked. Aldo rips a body kick to Manny's liver. Aldo throws a jab and lands a brutal leg kick. Another leg kick crashes into Gamburyan's thigh. Manny claims he was poked in the eye. Herb Dean isn't buying it. Gamburyan shoots for a takedown, but Aldo escapes as the round ends.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Aldo
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Aldo
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Aldo

Round 2
Manny shoots a takedown early, but Aldo slips out. Aldo lands another hard leg kick. Gamburyan briefly switches stances as a result of the leg kicks. Aldo lands a nasty uppercut and he jumps on Gamburyan, landing brutal ground and pound as Manny is turtled up. Herb Dean calls a halt to the contest at 1:32 of round one.
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