Tuesday, August 5, 2008

WEC 35 Review

The WEC put on another very solid card as always. There weren't any fights that went to a decision and even saw a title change hands. All in all it was a competitive and action packed night. Let's see how my predictions went.

*Note: There was a swing bout I picked between Cub Swanson and Hiroyuki Takaya. This bout did not take place.

Scott Jorgenson v Kenji Osawa: This fight wasn't televised but Jorgenson won by decision. My pick was wrong here.

Blas Avena v. Dave Terrel: This fight also wasn't shown but again I was wrong with Avena winning by TKO in round 1.

Brock Larson v Carlo Prater: Larson came in and made quick work of Prater knocking him out in 37 seconds. I got the pick right but not the prediction.

Micah Miller v. Josh Grispi: Grispsi also made quick work of Miller knocking him out in 50 seconds. I got the pick wrong here too.

Brian Bowles v. Damacio Page: This was a good fight with both guys trading. However, Bowles showed his BJJ prowess by tapping out Page with a sick standing (and then falling) guillotine choke in the first round. I got the pick right here but not the prediction.

Carlos Condit v. Hiromitsu Miura: This was a great fight from start to finish with both guys looking like they could've won. Condit was the more efficient striker but Miura looked much stronger and was the much better grappler. Miura had some sick judo throws and totally neutralized Condit's ground game. Miura even stunned Condit with the power of his ground and pound. Both these guys appeared to be in great shape but the pace and aggression of the fight wore both these guys down and both of them looked exhausted by the 4th round. Miura hurt Condit a few times but ultimately Miura ran out of gas and took a knee (albeit weak) to the chin and just couldn't continue and Condit won a fight of the year candidate to retain his title. This was the most Condit has been pushed since winning his title and unfortunately he seemingly has run out of quality opposition in the WEC. His next steps are very unclear at this point but he seems loyal to the WEC so we'll have to wait and see. I got the pick right but not the prediction.

Brian Stann v. Steve Cantwell: Cantwell came in having lost the previous fight between the two but was determined to produce a different outcome. With a lot of support from his home town crowd he looked like the much more polished striker and was not intimidated or thrown off by Stann's power and aggression like the first time. Cantwell came out and very precisely just picked Stann apart until he knocked him out in the second round to avenge his loss and become the WEC light heavyweight champion. I got the pick wrong here.

Jamie Varner v. Marcus Hicks: Varner looked very impressive in defending his lightweight crown. He came out and really handed out an ass whooping to Marcus Hicks. Hicks tried to come inside and grapple/brawl with Varner but Varner had none of it. He made sure he stayed outside and just beat down Hicks with his accurate yet powerful strikes until Hicks got knocked out early in round 1. I got the pick right here but not the prediction.

The night went ok for me. I went 4-4 and did not get one prediction right. However, it was a very exciting and fun card and I look forward to Sept. when Urijah Faber AND Paulo Filho make their return to the cage. That should be huge! That's all for now. Stay tuned later this week for my UFC 87 preview special. Until then,

Soccer kicks and head stomps...

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