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Brown Smokes Garcia, Aldo and McCullough Score Wins at WEC 39

(Brown vs. Garcia)

If you didn’t believe it after he pulled out a first-round TKO over Urijah Faber in November, believe it now — Mike Brown is a freakin’ monster. Brown’s first featherweight title defense ended in quick, violent fashion, as the American Top Team fighter needed less than two minutes to pound #1 contender Leonard Garcia into helplessness, then end the fight with an arm-triangle choke from the top. Things looked bad for Garcia right away, with Brown smashing him to the mat with an overhand right just 18 seconds into round 1. From there, Brown worked some brutal ground-and-pound, bloodying Garcia’s face. Garcia was able to stave off a rear-naked choke attempt, but Brown relentlessly worked to finish the fight on the ground, and made Garcia tap at the 1:57 mark. After the fight, Brown picked up a $7,500 Submission of the Night bonus, and welcomed a rematch with Faber, calling it the fight that fans want to see the most.

Speaking of bonuses, bantamweight Damacio Page earned a $7,500 Knockout of the Night bump for his 18-second storming of Marcos Galvao — who, somewhat unsurprisingly, had to leave the cage on a stretcher — while Johny Hendricks and Alex Serdyukov each took home an extra $7,500 for their action-packed Fight of the Night, which Hendricks won in a unanimous decision despite a late comeback from Serdyukov. Hendricks vs. Serdyukov was the last welterweight match to be featured in the WEC; both fighters are rumored to move to the UFC.

Completely unworthy of a bonus was the lethargic sparring/clinching session put on by Rob McCullough and Marcus Hicks, which was marked by long periods of inactivity and an audibly upset crowd. At one point, the referee even threatened to call the fight a no-contest if the fighters didn’t engage; McCullough eventually won a majority decision. But as usual, featherweight rising star Jose Aldo made up for the lack of excitement in his bout, which saw him land some nasty knees to the body of woefully outmatched WEC newcomer Chris Mickle before unleashing a barrage of punches with Mickle trapped against the cage, prompting an end to the action at the 1:39 mark of round 1. 

Full results are below…

— Mike Thomas Brown def. Leonard Garcia via submission (arm-triangle choke), 1:57 of round 1
Ricardo Lamas def. Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
— Jose Aldo def. Chris Mickle via TKO, 1:39 of round 1
— Rob McCullough def. Marcus Hicks via majority decision (29-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Danny Castillo def. Phil Cardella via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
— Damacio Page def. Marcos Galvao via KO, 0:18 of round 1
— Johny Hendricks def. Alex Serdyukov via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
— Kenji Osawa def. Rafael Rebello via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Alex Karalexis def. Greg McIntyre via TKO, 4:19 of round one
— John Franchi def. Mike Budnik via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mike Pierce def. Justin Haskins via TKO, 3:39 of round 3

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Anonymous- March 3, 2009 at 11:11 am
What's with fighters getting submitted and tapping in an attempt to escape. Garcia tapped... punched... then tapped again. It's a pussy CB Dollaway move.
Rory1313- March 3, 2009 at 7:07 am
Whoa! Mike Brown mate! Nipped away for a biscuit, I had more fucking difficulty getting it out the tin than he did laying out Garcia. He looked like he'd just woken up and decided to spread the contender on his morning toast!! I hope he stays focused and keeps up the startling momentum because iv just become a fan.
Richard Wad- March 2, 2009 at 7:38 pm
I messaged MTB on myspace and he got back to me in one day RE his tattoo. He made the design, says it's based off fairies and angels, and pays homage to his mother whom he respects very much. There was an game whose name I forget, but he says it's also based off that as well.

Most awesome tattoo I've ever seen on anyone, period. Too bad on 99.9% of anyone else with a tattoo, because MTB's makes theirs look like crap. Most tattoos are garbage anyway, but MTB's tattoo is a nail in the coffin for them.
manutdfan- March 2, 2009 at 12:13 pm
Pork Sword? Nerd, wipe the fog outta your coke-bottle glasses, it's an angel, not a sword.
LukeTheDuke- March 2, 2009 at 11:20 am
Jens Pulver sounded WASTED.
- LtD
nerd alert- March 2, 2009 at 11:01 am
another champ with a pork sword on his chest when do you thing bj's gonna get one with the hawaiian flag behind it?... but brown is a good champ
babcock- March 2, 2009 at 10:35 am
Faber is way too small to fight in the UFC, im not sure if he can beat Brown cuz Brownie is way huge. If he loses again i bet he'll drop down to 135, then we can see him get beat up by miguel Torres.
smashfacekillah- March 2, 2009 at 9:59 am
I agree that it was a good thing to let the fight go on a little longer after he was knocked down. The way he was knocked down and was ready to pull guard reminded me alot of the last fight that koscheck fought. Refs please make sure you dont give complainers a reason to complain.
bubbafat- March 2, 2009 at 9:54 am
Tanx for puttin this on here. I'm in B.C. and TSN ain't showing it 'till Wednesday. Any links to the others?
dude- March 2, 2009 at 9:46 am
Yeah, Page is one heck of a power puncher! Galvao was on the floor convulsioning for a while. His legs and arms were shaking. Sad to see. After the fight Page was walking around the venue taking pics with the crowd, I even got to take one with him. COOL!

Urijah Faber- March 2, 2009 at 9:34 am
Thats just great Richard, now i gotta bowl of chocolate pudding in my underpants!
Jonny5- March 2, 2009 at 9:27 am
yesterday we thought Galvao was a top fight bantamweight. Today we wonder if hes ok
Jonny5- March 2, 2009 at 9:21 am

so what your saying while swinging from Urijah Faber's 22-2 (24 fights total) is calling Mike Brown 21-4 (25 fights total) a flash in the pan? You sir are an imbecile.
JiMMA- March 2, 2009 at 9:19 am
Great card, great night of fights.

I am disappointed you guys did not live-blog it! No love for the WEC fella's?

Does anyone have the Jose Aldo SAD GIF?
Dr.- March 2, 2009 at 9:17 am
Garcia is a punk. He gets hit with a shot, fights to recover and does. He was composed on the ground but Brown passed and subbed him. Then Garcia acts like it was the shot that made him lose, not that Brown was the better fighter that night.

Brown softened Garcia up with his GnP but where was Garcia when Brown easily passed to side and then mount with the arm triangle within 30secs?
Richard Wad- March 2, 2009 at 8:58 am
I've heard of the "Answering the phone" method of defending an Arm Triangle before, but I can't put it together...
In reference to MTB/Garcia, can someone explain it to me? Thanks.
elbowbelow- March 2, 2009 at 8:54 am
those midgets will whoop your ass anywhere anytime, son.
Fedor a million ankles- March 2, 2009 at 8:46 am
@ Cap'n

Yes it did.
Sodak- March 2, 2009 at 8:43 am
think they'll have the plus 600 oddds on the next Urijah/brown fight? i'm still kicking myself.
Kimbo is Crap- March 2, 2009 at 8:11 am
i fucken love arm triangles. mike brown did work, thats for sure. but you def cant count out urijahh..

someone should tell garcia that alls you have to do to prevent an arm triangle is answer the phone.. thats it. answer the phonee.
google- March 2, 2009 at 7:59 am
Faber wants to fight Brown again because he really does not even remember fighting him the first time.
portland mma- March 2, 2009 at 7:40 am
Brown hits like a fucking truck for 145. Faber and Brown II is going the be the shit. Faber is just too complete though I think he'll edge him out and not try any blind 360 elbows this time.
Fedor a million ankles- March 2, 2009 at 7:01 am
I can't say I was impressed with Garcia. He looked very nervous to me. He did an OK job on the ground but obviously not great if he got submitted. Mostly though to me he just looked really nervous and that's why Mike was able to blast him in the face so hard early on.
Fenix- March 2, 2009 at 6:57 am
Garcia has a TON of heart he kept that fight going way longer than it should have. Props for that but yeah Mike Brown is a BEAST! I was torn on this fight since I like both fighters. Great 1st title defense for Brown. Can't wait for Brown to demolish Faber again and be the WEC's version of Anderson Silva/Rich Franklin. :)
MMA Wannabe- March 2, 2009 at 6:57 am
MTB is for real!

Totally didn't expect complete domination, but damned if he didn't do exactly that.