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Reminder: WEC 49 Airs Live Tonight at 9 p.m. EST

(Kamal Shalorus vehemently objects to your plans to watch “Cold Case” tonight. PicProps: Sherdog)

Sure, after UFC 115, Strikeforce: LA, Bellator 22 and the “TUF 11” Finale, it’ll be the fifth MMA show in fewer than 10 days but that doesn’t make WEC 49 any less deserving of your attention, does it? I mean, it’s Sunday night, what else are you going to do? Tuck in at a decent hour so you can get started being “FIRST!” in the comment section bright and early Monday morning?

After a litany of injuries, a loss to current champ Ben Henderson and a significant number of fans calling him a faker following his bout with Donald Cerrone last January, former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner is pretty much in a must-win situation against Kamal Shalorus tonight. Officially, Varner is 5-1 in his last six fights but his reputation has seen better days. Unfortunately, Shalorus — the former Olympic wrestler and undefeated MMA prospect — will provide a pretty stiff test. Toss in the return of featherweight phenom Josh Grispi from injury and this starts shaping up as a decent show. Besides, yours truly will be doing a “live Twitter” thing of this event for @VsMMA, so I know you’ll be following that …

If I wasn’t afraid Matt Hughes would come to my house to personally demand a retraction, I’d be tempted to call Shalorus the “Iranian Matt Hughes” after he cut loose with some sweet quotes this week about the inherent toughness earned from growing up on a farm.

"I know some athletes who developed their strength through technology," Shalorus told’s MDS. "Not me. I got it working with my hands, working in the field all day, working with the animals. We had sheep, goats, horses — I’d have to build a barn for the animals, I’d have to work in the garden and then go chop down a tree, I’d have to go into the mountains to get something. It was a hard workout.”

Just goes to show you, no matter what part of the world you grow up in, there’s something universal about country breakfasts and racing your brother to the mailbox. Also like Hughes, Shalorus has at times chosen to forego his wrestling skills in favor of a fairly rudimentary striking game. Keeping it on the feet will not be the smart move against Varner, but if Shalorus falls back on his near peerless grappling credentials he could win this fight. His resume includes a solid catch wrestling background, which means he might also do something awesome like refer to a rear naked choke as a “strangle-bar choke.”

Grispi, meanwhile, was rolling right along with nine straight victories before surgery stemming from an ankle injury suffered just prior to his defeat of Jens Pulver at WEC 41 put him on the shelf for the last 12 months. At just 21, Grispi is one of those freaky prototypes of what future MMA fighters may look like. He’s dangerous in all aspects, as evidenced by an even split between six T/KO and six submission wins.

The Pat Miletich-trained LC Davis could be Grispi’s toughest foe to date, however. If you’ve been around the sport longer than five minutes you know what to expect from a Miletich guy and Davis is certainly no exception. He’s a community-college wrestling coach turned MMA fighter and his best chance at victory here is to try to take Grispi into deep water. In 14 professional fights, Grispi has been out of the first round just once and coming off the long layoff Davis would be well-served to turn this fight into a grinder. Obviously, that’s easier said than done.

In other televised action, former IFL standout Chris Horodecki will continue to try to erase the memory of a potentially career-altering stoppage at the hands of Ryan Schultz back in 2007 when he takes on last-minute replacement Danny Downes; Yves Jabouin looks to bounce back from a loss to Raphael Assuncao against Mark Hominick and former champ Eddie Wineland is charged with stopping young up-and-comer Will Campuzano.

So,  I rest my case. Unless you plan on getting totally creeped-out by Jeff Goldblum during back-to-back episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” tonight, you basically have no choice but to watch WEC 49. I’m sure I’ll see you there.

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cecils_pupils- June 21, 2010 at 10:36 am
Kimbos_Lice Says:
Sun, 06/20/2010 - 23:42

cecil peoples is a joke as are most mma refs and judges these days . how does a guy get kicked in the balls 3x in one fight and end up in a draw. its rediculous.smh good fights tonite and glad to see a show in canada again

You, sir, are incorrect about Cecil Peoples on this one. By the way, I chose my screen name when Cecil Peoples fucked-up the Machida-Shogun I decision, cuz he sucks most of the time... that said:

Cecil Peoples is the one who actually did the best job for that fight. Yep, I said it. Varner won round 1, Shalorus won Rounds 2 and 3 with better striking and cage control. That's 29-28 Shalorus minus the point deducted in Round 2 = 28-28 draw.

Who's the one who really fucked it up? Both referee Josh Rosenthal AND Jamie Varner - they BOTH blew it. Here's why: First kick to the nuts = warning. Second kick to the nuts = point deducted. Third kick to the nuts shoulda had another point deducted AND Varner shoulda let it go past 5 minutes and got the DQ victory. Blame the draw on these two idiots.

So, Kimbos_Lice, it's fair to say you are being a bit unfair in this case. EDIT: Same goes for Nutpuncher 9000.
El Famous Burrito- June 21, 2010 at 6:32 am
I don't even have a TV. I get all my fight results from one of those old-timey stock tickers that spit out ribbons of paper.

Oh, and CagePotato for those fights that are on Starz or some shit.

justscrappin- June 21, 2010 at 6:28 am
FIRST! day of summer......
jimbonics- June 21, 2010 at 5:57 am

Deaftard gets preferential treatment if you haven't noticed. "Eee pode my eye!" Also, no way in hell people didn't notice the huge STAPH INFECTION on his back yet they let him fight anyway.

I'm also in the No-DVR camp. Fuck those things.
ReX13- June 21, 2010 at 5:52 am
Freddy Fangers>> Allow me to sum up what you've said (or don't, i'm going to do it anyway):

1) i'm barely literate, and don't appreciate lots of written words on an MMA news/ entertainment site.

2) i missed the fights, because i don't have DVR. i am unwilling to explain why i have not procured a DVR in the 21st goddamn century, because i understand there is no good reason.

3) i missed the fights, because i was watching some vampire show on HBO. i would rather watch some twilight spinoff full of retart and teh ghey than enjoy some free fights.

4) despite the fact that i missed the fights with no good reason, i still felt the need to post about the fights i didn't see and the post that was too long for me to read.

Well, freddyfangers, in light of all this information, i kindly welcome you to GTFO.
ghostboner- June 21, 2010 at 12:30 am
And another thing, can someone explain to me how Keith Jardine gets penalized 1 point for 1 accidental foul, while Shalorus gets penalized 1 point for 3 accidental fouls.Keith gets no warning, Shalorus gets 2? WTF? Herb "Jimmy" Dean, you are on my "do NOT buy a beer for" list. And Keith gets it taken on the first incidence, while Shalorus gets it on the second, and then not on the third? Again, WTF???
ghostboner- June 21, 2010 at 12:25 am
Dundas!!! Damn it Dundas, ah screw it I'm not gonna get into it tonight. I think some other dude is supposed to be the one berating you anyway.

Hominick vs Jabouin was the raddest fight I have seen since The Asian walking Dead Guy vs Garcia. Except better, because these two were actually good strikers.

All in all, seeing Varner get kicked in the balls was rewarding, but I think that douche should have got the nod. But I'm glad he didn't cause he made an ass of himself when they announced the decision anyway.
Daddy_jeffy- June 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm
@ Freddy Fangers
I can't believe you would pass up live mma (and some good scraps) to watch Paul Rudd's pastier unfunny older brother be the biggest pussy vampire in history (won't drink real blood What the F). Besides, True Blood will be on about 12 times this week and on HBO on demand starting tomorrow. Scheech.
Kimbos_Lice- June 20, 2010 at 11:42 pm
cecil peoples is a joke as are most mma refs and judges these days . how does a guy get kicked in the balls 3x in one fight and end up in a draw. its rediculous.smh good fights tonite and glad to see a show in canada again
FreddyFangers- June 20, 2010 at 10:51 pm
CDundas, I like concise and tidy articles...Keep that in mind when you decide to write another saga like this one......Well I hate I missed the fights but I might be the only man on earth who doesnt have DVR yet. Having said that, True Blood was great and as usual has me wishing next Sunday was here. Treme wasnt bad either.
EvilScott- June 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm
Kamal could of won easily if he used his wrestling earlier. I'm afraid he caught Sean Sherk Syndrome. Maybe he shook hands with Dan Miller?
Ballkick- June 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm
Great fights, barring the BS Draw.
Kamal Shalorus is a warrior.Varner really needs to learn how to check kicks.

Horodeski looked very good against a last-minute replacement Danny Downes, good on Danny for taking the fight on such short notice, but in hindsight his conditioning lost that fight for him.

Yves Jabouin against Mark Hominick was a barn-burner, Hominick"s face looked like he lost. Fight of the night for me.
Robdamob- June 20, 2010 at 9:33 pm
if he didnt get that point deducted he wouldve of won is whats crazy
Junk Puncher- June 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm
Um, Cecil just called it a draw. The other judge had Shalorus winning despite the point being taken away. So for once Cecil isn't the crazy one.

But hey, if a fighter is gonna get kicked in the balls 3 times - my vote goes to it happening to Varner. 2nd choice being Bisping.

Honestly though - does anyone even believe Varner has balls?
Nut Puncher 9000- June 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm
the glza- June 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm
horodeski wrecked that kid.
Mike Russell- June 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm
 CDundas on weekends, except for alternating live blogs...And what's with all you ungrateful bastards? Not one Father's Day card after all I do for you guys.I'm thinking about adopting a new family.
MaximumSpaniard- June 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Looks like I'll be DVRing True Blood.
angry little feet- June 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Wait... I thought we had a whole different Dad on the weekends. I am so confused.
EvilScott- June 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm
I train with Kamal in Austin, and I can vouch for his submission game. He could very well win this by submission. Exited to see him in the main event!
steampunk22- June 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm
^^I think it is MRuss on weekends?
FreddyFangers- June 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm
Oh, MRuss or Ben, clean up that post a bit. Way too long.
FreddyFangers- June 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm
Im going to have to miss the first hour. Nothing gets in the way of watching "True Blood" and a hopefully nude Sookie Stackhouse.
ccman- June 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm
Wec is versus always.

Though not to up on this card.... I'm leaning towards make the gf watch lesbian porn to de-sensitize her on 3some thoughts instead. I call it love.
Emopinata- June 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm
So what channel is it on, i dont wanna read all that to find out