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Faber Wins Easy, Varner Retains Lightweight Belt at WEC 38

(Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly; gif courtesy of the UG.)

Former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber was able to score a victory over Jens Pulver for the second time last night at WEC 38 — and in 23 minutes and 26 seconds less than it took in their first meeting last June. Their co-headlining bout started fast and physical, with Pulver tossing Faber to the ground after a high kick attempt. But it wasn’t long before Faber drilled a vicious left hook to Lil’ Evil’s ribs, doubling over the former UFC champ and backing him up. Faber seized the opportunity and fired off punches until Pulver hit the ground, then followed Pulver to the mat and set up a fight-ending choke. The win earned the California Kid a $7,500 Submission of the Night bonus.

Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone also got some extra cash for the evening’s Fight of the Night, in which Varner defended his lightweight title and gave Cowboy the first loss of his career. Though Cerrone was the aggressor for most of the fight, and won many of the striking exchanges — thanks in large part to the long reach of his left high kick — Varner was able to take the challenger down at will, and inflicted major damage with his ground-and-pound. In the middle of round three, a punch from Varner opened a cut near Cerrone’s left eye that clearly inhibited his vision; his right eye was already swelling shut from previous abuse.

In the fifth round, Cerrone scored a successful takedown of his own, but made the mistake of bouncing a knee strike off Varner’s head while the champ was still kneeling. The action was immediately halted, and was never restarted, as a seemingly agonized Varner told doctors that he couldn’t see, and shouted "fuck!" more times than I’ve ever heard on basic cable. The fight went to the scorecards, where two judges saw it for Varner, and one judge (possibly blind himself) called it for Cerrone. The crowd booed Varner; distraught about how the fight ended, he told the fans "fuckin’ boo me, I’m better than that," and promised Cerrone a rematch as soon as he was cleared by the athletic commission.

Bringing in the Knockout of the Night bonus was hot featherweight prospect Jose Aldo, who made his case for a future title shot with his first-round steamrolling of Rolando Perez. Aldo ended the fight with a brutal knee to Perez’s chin, followed by some heavy punches on the ground. Afterwards, Also dashed out of the cage and into the stands to celebrate with fans, which was easily one of the highlights of the broadcast.

Full results are below…

Jamie Varner def. Donald Cerrone via technical split decision, round 5 (49-46, 47-48, 49-46)
Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver via submission (guillotine choke), 1:34 of round 1
Danillo Villefort def. Mike Campbell via TKO, 3:53 of round 1
Jose Aldo def. Ronaldo Perez via KO, 4:15 of round 1
Ben Henderson def. Anthony Njokuani via submission (guillotine choke), 0:42 of round 2
Edgar Garcia def. Hiromitsu Miura via KO, 1:18 of round 1
Dominic Cruz def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision
Scott Jorgensen def. Frank Gomez via submission (guillotine choke), 1:09 of round 1
Jesse Lennox def. Blas Avena via KO, 0:41 of round 2
Charlie Valencia def. Seth Dikun via unanimous decision

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Da Truth- January 28, 2009 at 4:53 am
Cerrone is my new favourite fighter! awesome stance..wicked Muai thai and some crazy unorthodox submission skillz...he fuckn rocks. that other dude..the 'champion' is a pathetic little bitch. This BS 10 points BOXING system has to go the cowboy kicked his fuckn ass EVERY round.
B-tard- January 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm
To Craig O Robin Hood was a great movie.
Thor- January 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm
Umm Varner couldn't kick my ass he weighs as much as a girl. It would be like being by a small child. I don't know if I have even ever seen a 155lb man in person. There's a reason there's weight divisions.

I still say bullshit you gotta have a mark on on your face or eye to claim that did any damage, why do you think he put sunglasses on so quick? To hide the fact there was nothing there.
Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 2:53 pm
We learned 3 things from this event,

1) Pulver is officially irrelevant

2) Jose Aldo is sweet

3) Varner is a bitch and not even a good actor, also nice glasses, way too cocky for a guy thats not that good
canadian_phil- January 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm
you all must be blind. varner's right knee was clearly on the ground when the knee connected thus making it illegal. and your head does not snap back like that by itself tards.
RussAsHell- January 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm
I think you guys are missing the most badass thing about Cerrone...

During the fight he had gotten blood in one eye, and Mir was saying that he looked like he was struggling to see out of it - until Cerrone started closing the other eye as well.

Then, during the post-fight interview...Cerrone said that he was switching which eye was closed because he was seeing double.


I love this guy.
FatBastard- January 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm
As much as I personally feel Varner was playing it up, the knee very well could have hurt his eye. I think what we are all overlooking is that upon review the knee is obviously legal and was supposed to hurt him.

Cerrone deserved the TKO win and the belt!
Señor Tampon- January 26, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Fucking boo me!!!!!!!!
Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm
Just because Varner could kick my ass in real life doesn't mean i can't call him a pussy if the situation warranted it. Sure he could kick my ass and in that case it would make me a pussy, BUT in this case, he clearly acted like a vagina wanting an easy way out. We as the fans have a right to state our opinions when we see bullshit, so shutup already to all you who have nothing else to say other than pointing out the obvious without a real point relevant to what we're discussing here (which is that Varner is a Vagina). "you guys are all calling him a pussy but in reality he could kick your couch potatoes asses" ... yeah ok, so what's your point? We never said he couldn't kick our asses. We're just saying he acted like a Pussy in the fight. Stop being irrelevant.
TheView- January 26, 2009 at 12:55 pm
Rematch please. Now. Dammnit. Cerrone/Varner II.
Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 12:55 pm
For all of you calling out Varner on not being damaged from that knee. His head bounces back, so yea it may not have connected completely. But it's not like it just brushed his head. It's still a considerable impact, although because it wasn't full connected we consider it "grazing".

Would you let me graze the side of your head with my knee like that really quick and tell me it didn't hurt like a bitch.

Even better let me graze the side of your face with a bullet and tell me it just brushed off the side of your face and doesn't hurt at all.
countryofcali- January 26, 2009 at 12:55 pm
Were we watching the same Varner v. Cerrone fight? Varner was winning and had no motivation not to finish the fight...
ihatejardine!!alot- January 26, 2009 at 11:35 am
Varner is a bitch!!!! the knee did not even land!!
Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 11:24 am
I'm jumping on the Cerrone bandwagon. He deserved a win.


Godammit don't tell me 4chonz is here...
MMAGOD- January 26, 2009 at 11:17 am
I think the one ref had it scored correctly for the Cowboy. I had it even going into the last round and he clearly won that round. You could make a case for a 10-8 first round for Varner, so it would then be a draw. I agree with everyone else that Varner was tired and scared he hit Cerrone with everything he had, and he didn't flinch. Varner knew the judges would have him ahead due to his takedowns. As far as the rematch if Cerrone works on his takedown defense he would kill him!!
JamesChrist- January 26, 2009 at 10:15 am
I've been kneed and/or kicked in the eye a few times, and I kept fighting. But, I was very drunk for most of these fights. Varner wanted it to be done. Whats with all the hugs? I understand honor, courage and respect, but after awhile it seemed like Varner was trying to make friends with the tough kid. What a dick
It's all about MMA, Bro- January 26, 2009 at 9:51 am
"I am not impressed by your performance."

-GSP after watching Varners bad acting job to get out of the fight.

Varner may have kept the belt but he just lost a shit ton of fans and respect from a lot of people out there. Yeah you better say theres gonna be a rematch. That belt is gone buddy. Go fuck yourself!
Thoughts- January 26, 2009 at 9:29 am
Although it seems that almost everyone here is as tough as a coffin nail, I have to imagine that the majority of you are calling Varner a bitch from your comfy couch cushions. I too, at first called bitch, but after watching the replay (several times) I noticed that the graze just happened to be perfectly in his eye. Now again, I am sure most of you couch commanders have been pummeled in the face and around the eye with sledgehammers and mallets, but to the average human getting the eye/orbital area crushed in (regardless of how it appears to be grazing) causes severe pain and disorientation.

I have watched Varner take and shed off what appeared to be much harder shots without a problem, and immediately after the knee you see Varner react in pain as he releases Cerrone's Legs. Most of you couldnt handle gentle pressure from my thumb in your closed eye let alone a knee blasting your head out of the way.

Props to Cerrone, that dude is seriously tough. I hope they get to that rematch soon.

M@TT- January 26, 2009 at 9:25 am
Varner complains he can't see, then blames it on a broken hand, then limps out of the cage......what a little bitch.

Cerrone made a mistake and he has to pay for it by not being the champ, but go into this fight again and I don't think Varner makes it past rd2
jarhead- January 26, 2009 at 9:22 am
Cerrone deserves the belt, that's for sure. but all of you calling Varner names need to step up and fight him. I agree he took the easy way out. But don't discount that there is a reason he is the champ.
Craig O- January 26, 2009 at 9:17 am
Faber came with a differnet game plan for this fight, he left he lopping over hand right out and it worked.
Craig O- January 26, 2009 at 9:15 am
"do the kalib" run run run .. take down... ground n pound,..... run run run run run... take down.. let him run run run.................. then pull off the Kevin Costner (terrible acting) and get the win.... what a pussy!!!

wahhh wahhh i broke my hand in the 2nd round and i took a blah balh .... go grab a tissue and mouse for your hair.. maybe some eye shadow and hit the clubs with your lollipop guild buddies.

damn that fight was like having sex for 22min’s and stopping b4 u have an orgasm.... o.O

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!no way a championship fight should go to the scorecards if it didn't go a FULL 25 MIN'S!!! PERIOD.

Darkside- January 26, 2009 at 9:07 am
I feel bad for Cerrone. Hell of a fighter.
Keemboslicesofpie- January 26, 2009 at 9:02 am
Like I said before, Varner is a little bitch. Give Cowboy your belt tool.
Meohfumado- January 26, 2009 at 9:02 am
Varner broke his hand, the knee gave him a convenient reason not to finish the fight.

Faber looked damn good. Glad he didn't try any ill-advised spinning back fists this time.

But how do you ask a guy "are you still relevant?" Totally hack-job right there. He should've shoved that microphone up the dude's @$$ and said, "Is this relevant? How's that mic feel? Feel relevant to you?"