WEC 27 Live Play-by-Play

May 12, 2007
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Eric Schambari vs. Art Santore (Pictures)
Round 1
Schambari quickly shoots and scores a slick single leg takedown. Santore tried to apply a kimura while holding half guard, but Schambari was able to muscle out of it. Santore escaped from the ground and was able to get the fight back to his feet, but was taken down again. Schambari scooted over and had side control for a while but Santore reversed it perfectly. Santore finished the round stuck in half guard and was able to land a few moderately clean punches. Not a ton of action and the round was very close. Sherdog.com scored it 10-9 for Santore.

Round 2
Another good takedown from Schambari starts off the round and Schambari wound up in half guard. Slick, textbook sweep/reversal from Santore and now he's in half guard. Not a whole lot action as both men equal each other out. Schambari wall walked up the cage and reversed it and landed a few decent elbows. Again, another extremely close round but it seemed to be Schambari's round due to the late flurry of elbows and punches. Sherdog.com scored it 10-9 for Schambari.

Round 3
Whoever wins this round wins the fight, according to Sherdog.com's scorecard. Both middleweights are very tired to start off the third round. Schambari tried another takedown but Santore was able to sprawl. Very slow-paced third round thus far due to fatigue. On the ground again; Schambari in Santore's full guard but not much action whatsoever. Surprisingly, the crowd is not booing. Schambari is able to land several decent/glancing punches and elbows. Both guys are fighting very hard but they continuously thwart the other's attacks. A large laceration opens over Santore's left eye; looks like it's in his eyebrow. Schambari is smothering Santore and looks like he's doing just a little bit more. The fight ends. Sherdog.com scored it 10-9 for Schambari. It was a very close, competitive fight but Sherdog.com scored it 29-28 for Schambari.

Official scores: 29-28 and 30-27 (twice) for Eric Schambari.

Ed Ratcliff (Pictures) vs. Johnny Sampaio
Round 1
This fight should be a high-intensity lightweight war. Good single leg takedown from Sampaio quickly, but he wound up in Radcliff's guard. Radcliff tried but missed an armbar and within seconds, Sampaio latched onto his back for a rear naked choke. Radcliff escaped. The two were back on their feet and in a clinch when Sampaio appeared to try a judo throw, but he collapsed instantly. It turns out that he blew his left knee out; his leg completely collapsed and referee Steve Mazzagatti quickly stopped the fight. The official decision is a verbal submission win via injury at 1:31 of the opening round for Radcliff. Too bad; this was going to be an awesome fight. Replays show that Sampaio tried a judo hip toss and his left knee completely blew out. Hopefully he'll be able to recover soon.

Brandon Foxworth vs. Manny Tapia (Pictures)
Round 1
Bantamweights in this one and the fight should be explosive. Foxworth threw a lazy left jab and Tapia lands a huge right cross. Foxworth is down, but he is okay and pulls guard once Tapia tried to unload. Stalemate on the ground and referee Yves stands them up. Tapia drops Foxworth again with a right cross and they are back on the ground. Foxwroth pulls another closed guard. Tapia broke the guard and landed two huge right hands while Foxworth was on his back. Tapia is bombarding Foxworth with right punches and hammer strikes. Tapia continues to pummel Foxworth with strikes. What is keeping this guy awake? Either Tapia can't punch too hard or Foxworth has a granite chin. The round ends with Foxworth with a reddened, puffy face. Sherdog.com scored it 10-8 for Tapia.

Round 2
Foxworth looks a little woozy to start the round and Tapia unloads punches, but misses most of them. Foxworth looks like he's in slow motion and is getting beaten soundly, but he's got plenty of heart. The two clinch along the fence for a few minutes and Tapia finally seperates himself from Foxworth. Tapia lands two brutal right hands and Foxworth was on his way out, but referee Yves jumps in to stop it. It was a good call on Yves' part. The official time of the TKO for Tapia is 3:17 of the second round.

Tom Speer vs. Sidney Silva (Pictures)
Round 1
Silva landed a decent right high kick onto the left side of Speer's face, but it wasn't very hard. After a minute and a half of clinching along the fence, Silva scored a takedown and secured side mount. Speer scrambled and got back into a clinch along the fence. Speer scored a powerful scoop slam and is hammering away in half guard. Speer stood out when Silva opened his guard and after a few seconds of posturing, Speer landed a devestating right handed bomb onto Silva's jaw. He was knocked out instantly, but Speer landed three more thunderous punches to Silva's face. Silva was down and out cold for about a minute or two before he finally came to. It was a somewhat scary moment for him. The official time of the knockout came at 4:33 of round one.

Marcus Hicks vs. Sergio Gomez
Round 1
The two lightweights had some trash talk with each other leading up to the fight, so we'll see if that will lead into a great fight. Both men are undefeated, so it adds a little more intrigue. Gomez landed a right hand right at the bell and turned that into a superb double leg takedown. About a minute in, Hicks' left eye is swollen and almost closed from that one punch. Hicks keeps scrambling but Gomez keeps scoring double leg takedowns. The fight is intense thus far, but both men expending tons of energy. Hicks scrambled again and took Gomez' back, but he couldn't secure the rear naked choke. Hick's left eye is now completely closed with just over a minute left. Some hard right hands from Gomez late that wobbled Hicks, but he survived and scored a takedown late. Very exciting, action-packed opening round. Sherdog.com scored it 10-9 for Gomez.

Round 2
Quick double leg scored for Gomez early in the round. It's now a classic grappling match and the action slows just a little. Gomez was in Hicks' guard for more than two minutes until Hicks swept him, and brought it back to the feet. Hicks scooped up Gomez and scored a beauty of a slam and wound up in half guard. Gomez tried to scramble out and reverse Hicks, but Hicks latched on a tight guillotine. After several seconds, Gomez had no choice but to tapout. Very good fight. The official time was 3:20 of round 2.

Charlie Kohler (Pictures) vs. Sherron Leggett
Round 1
Decent action to start as both men trade punches; nothing clean lands, though. Leggett scores a good takedown a minute in and lands some strikes in Kohler's guard. After Kohler tried to scramble, Kohler sunk in a deep omaplata and he had it locked in completely. Leggett was in intense pain but he somehow miraculously was able to escape the hold, but he found himself immediately caught in an armbar. Again, he slipped out of the submission and eventually reversed the position. Leggett is now in Kohler's guard and landed some good strikes. Kohler is cut on his left eyebrow. Kohler tried another armbar and almost had it, but Leggett escaped and rolled into half guard. With a few seconds remaining in the round, Leggett got full mount and rained down punches, but he ran out of time. Excellent round. Sherdog.com scored it 10-9 for Leggett.

Round 2
The two trade blows on the feet to start the round and eventually Leggett had Kohler pinned along the fence. Kohler dropped to his knees in an effort to escape but Leggett was all over him. Legget rained down a plethora of knees to the ribs and left fists to the face. Kohler couldn't escape and after a few dozen painful strikes, referee Yves Levigne stopped it. The official time of the stoppage came at 2:25 of the second round.

Gary Padilla (Pictures) vs. Ariel Gandulla
Round 1
Both light heavyweights sizing each other up for a few minutes. Not much action thus far. The entire round saw both men stalking and landing few strikes. Very even round, very close. Padilla closed in late and landed two hard liver kicks. Sherdog.com scored it 10-9 for Padilla.

Round 2
Gandulla landed a flurry of punches punctuated by a right hand that wobbled Padilla. Gandulla swarmed him and when he charged in, he was hit by a hard front kick to the stomach, which sent him reeling back and onto his trunks. The two scrambled on the floor and when they got back to their feet, they clinched and Padilla unintentionally landed a fierce knee to the groin. Gandulla is down and the clock has stopped. There is a five minute delay to make sure Gandulla can continue. The knee was a total accident. Gandulla only takes about 2 minutes rest and the fight continues. Not much action formnthe rest of the round save for a few flurries from Gandulla but nothing noteworthy landed. Very little action. Sherdog.com scored it 10-9 for Gandulla.

Round 3
Each man has won a round on the Sherdog.com scorecard so the fight is up for grabs. Gandulla is an accomplished wrestler and judoka from Cuba but he never once tried for a takedown. Padilla is backing away from Gandulla too much this round and that could sway then judges to think he's either hurt or running. Gandulla only throws right hooks but nothing hard or clean has landed yet this round. Gandulla not really winning the round convincingly but Padilla is not doing anything at all. Very lackluster fight until the end. Close fight but the Cuban did more damage aside from a cut under Gandulla's left eye very late. Sherdog.com scored it 10-9 for Gandulla. Official scores: 29-28 Gandulla, 29-28 Padilla, 29-28 Gandulla. Gandulla won a split decision and some in the crowd angrily boo the verdict.

Jason Miller vs. Hiromitsu Miura (Pictures)
Round 1
Miller entered the cage in a suit and tie. Miller started out with several hard legs kicks and then scored a double leg takedown. Miller quickly scored full mount and then transitioned over to a rear naked choke. Miura defended it well. Miller has a tight body triangle from behind and tries another rear naked choke. Most of the round took place along the fence with Miller on Miura's back landing glancing strikes and trying for rear naked chokes. Very little action. Sherdog.com scores it 10-9 Miller.

Round 2
Both striking early in the second. Miller actually looks tired. Not much action but Miura is getting the best of Miller on the feet. Miller looks confused as the round wears away. Miller tried to shoot but it was a poor attempt. Miller looks very tired while Miura looks as fresh as Spring air. Miller tried another takedown, but he was stuffed and thrown judo-style from Miura. Miura landed several stinging punches at the bell. Sherdog.com scored it 10-9 for Miura.

Round 3
Crucial round for each man. Miller kicked Miura right square in the groin, but it was totally unintentional. Miura is down and grimmacing in pain. It was a brutal kick but it was clearly an accident. Miura is laying on his back trying to regain his strength. Miura might not be able to continue; he is still down and in severe pain. Replays show how vicious the kick was. After three or so minutes, Miura finally sits up. Sherdog.com doesn't see how this fight will continue. Miura needs the strength of ten tigers as the rest time is almost expired. Referee Steve Mazzagatti is warning Miura's corner that time is almost up. Fight is finally back on. Miura is re-energized. Miura dove in for a knee bar, but Miller quickly stuffed him and apllied a figure four body lock. Miller latches on a deep banana split, but somehow Miura escaped, but he wound up caught in a rear naked choke. Miura is defending properly but he can't break free from the body triangle that Miller has on him. Miura stretched out Miller's left arm and escaped the rear naked choke. Miura escapes and is back on his feet. They clinch along the fence and Miura goes for the gusto; he needs a KO to win. Two knees to the groin hurt Miller and now the fight is stopped. Time runs out for Miura and it seems as though Miller won the fight. This is a fight that needs a fourth and/or fifth round. It was a superb demonstration of grappling. Sherdog.com scored it 10-9 for Miller. Official scores: 29-28 (all) for Miller.

Doug Marshall (Pictures) vs. Justin McElfresh (Pictures)
Round 1
McElfresh starts off by landing some pesky right jabs that bother Rhino. After a little while, Rhino starts unloading vicious leg kicks. McElfresh mistakenly starts to close in on the smaller Rhino, a move that might not be wise. Rhino lands a couple loopy overhand rights that seem to stun McElfresh. The two clinch and McElfresh can't deliver his knees from in close. Rhino lands several powerful overhand rights. One lands hard behind the ear and McElfresh lands face first. The fight is over. The official time of the knockout is 2:16 of the first round. Rhino keeps his light heavyweight WEC title.

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