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Carlos Condit Retains WEC Title; Varner + Torres Snatch ‘Em Up

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(The thrill of victory, and the agony of nearly having your head ripped off by Miguel Torres.)

Hey, three out of five ain’t bad, especially for us. WEC put on another satisfyingly kick-ass show last night — maybe smaller, hungrier fighters really are more exciting? — and the evening was marked by two champions getting their belts violently taken from them. Here are the full results, with videos of the title fights after the jump:

Carlos Condit (defending champion) def. Carlo Prater via guillotine choke at 3:48, R1
Jamie Varner (new champion) def. Rob McCullough via KO at 2:54, R3
Miguel Torres (new champion) def. Chase Beebe via guillotine choke at 3:59, R1
Manny Tapia def. Antonio Banuelos via split decision
Leonard Garcia def. Hiroyuki Takaya via KO at 1:31, R1
Josh Grispi def. Mark Hominick via rear naked choke at 2:55, R1
Coty Wheeler def. Del Hawkins via armbar at 1:57, R2
Damacio Page def. Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision
Yoshiro Maeda def. Charlie Valencia via TKO at 2:29, R1
Micah Miller def. Chance Farrar via KO at 1:39, R1

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Nightcap Worth O’ News


(“Nightcap? No thank you, I don’t wear them.”)

With WEC 32 in full swing, there’s not much going on to warrant a full post, but here’s a few things worth mentioning:

-Speaking of WEC 32, featherweight Micah Miller initially failed to make weight when he came in at 147.5 lbs on his first try. Hours later, he came in at 146 lbs. Thank God for Metamucil. The Berry Blast is divine.

-Drug tests were given to some of the fighters from UFC 81 by the NSAC. The event’s headliners – Brock Lesnar, Tim Sylvia, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir – all passed with flying colors. Additional fighters that were tested were chosen at random, which is the norm. They include Ricardo Almeida, Tim Boetsch, Marvin Eastman, Rob Emerson, Tyson Griffin, Jeremy Horn, Chris Lytle and Nate Marquardt. All passed according to drug test kingpin, Keith Kizer.

-The MMA world has been abuzz about Cro Cop’s departure from the UFC and his signing with Dream. We won’t get into it now, but more than one site has already started whispering about Fedor/Cro Cop II. Fedor won their first fight – in PRIDE, 2005 – via unanimous decision.

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WEC 32: Fight-by-Fight Rundown

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(Rob McCullough and Jamie Varner face off next to some bored douche with a backstage pass; photo props to MMAWeekly.)

If you rely on this site for MMA news — terrible idea, by the way — you’d hardly be aware that World Extreme Cagefighting is holding an event tonight at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Apologies; we had other things to deal with. But if the last WEC show was any indication, you could be in store for a wild time if you tune into Versus beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT, especially since three championship belts are on the line. Here’s what the matchups look like:

MAIN CARD
Carlos Condit (champion) vs. Carlo Prater (for WEC Welterweight Title)
Rob McCullough (champion) vs. Jamie Varner (for WEC Lightweight Title)
Chase Beebe (champion) vs. Miguel Torres (for WEC Bantamweight Title)
Manny Tapia vs. Antonio Banuelos (bantamweights)
Leonard Garcia vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (featherweights)

PRELIMINARY CARD
Josh Grispi vs. Mark Hominick (featherweights)
Del Hawkins vs. Coty Wheeler (bantamweights)
Charlie Valencia vs. Yoshiro Maeda (bantamweights)
Micah Miller vs. Chance Farrar (featherweights)
Scott Jorgensen vs. Damacio Page (bantamweights)

Let’s take a look at that main card, shall we?

Garcia vs. Takaya: The last time I remember seeing Leonard Garcia, his face was being punched into burger by Roger Huerta at UFC 69. Following his rough UFC debut, Garcia beat Allen Berubie, lost a decision to Cole Miller, and decided to drop to a more competitive weight of 145 and join the WEC. But he won’t have an easy time against “Streetfight Bancho,” who has been in the cage with stars like Gilbert Melendez, Genki Sudo, and Gesias Calvancante during his residencies with Shooto and K-1. Sure, he lost to those guys, but experience counts, and we think his striking power will be too much for Garcia to handle.

Tapia vs. Banuelos: If Manny Tapia wins this fight, he could be next in line to challenge for the bantamweight belt after the dust settles on Beebe/Torres. The jiu-jitsu specialist was a destroyer in King of the Cage, racking up an 8-0-1 record before winning his WEC debut last May against Brandon Foxworth. Banuelos is a good friend of Chuck Liddell’s, and even though he’s got the Iceman and John Hackleman feeding him pointers at The Pit, his recent fight history — four wins by decision and two losses by first-round knockout — raises some concerns. Not being able to finish a fight will hurt him against someone as aggressive as Tapia. We’re thinking this is one of those “loss by first-round knockout” kind of nights for Banuelos.

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