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WEC 46 Results: Henderson Chokes Varner to Unify Lightweight Title, Faber and Brown Successful in Returns

(Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

Three months after Benson Henderson squeaked past Donald Cerrone in a grueling (and controversial) five-rounder at WEC 43, and a year after Jamie Varner defended his lightweight title in his own contentious battle against Cowboy, the WEC’s top two lightweights met last night at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento to determine an undisputed 155-pound ruler — and this time, the scorecards would not be necessary.

Henderson’s inhuman ability to resist submission holds served him well in WEC 46′s main event. The first round saw Varner latch on a tight guillotine against the fence after slamming Henderson to the mat, but "Smooth" stayed calm and escaped. Except for one strange moment when Varner wandered away with his back turned after taking a body kick — apparently looking for a pause in the action, which he didn’t receive — Varner seemed to have the edge early on. The second round was an evenly-pitched striking battle, with both fighters testing out their kicks; Henderson looked comfortable against the champ, but wasn’t pushing the pace.

In the end, Henderson’s reactive style turned out to be the perfect strategy. Midway through the third round, Varner shot in for a double-leg takedown, and Smooth countered with a flying guillotine that made Varner tap almost immediately, earning him the WEC’s unified lightweight title. Varner wasn’t exactly gracious in defeat: "S*** happens. I was winning the fight, all he was doing was throwing body kicks. I got the takedowns, had the control…go ahead and boo. I came to fight, Ben came to grapple. Two different things." Christ, what a bitch.

The card also featured two former featherweight champions bouncing back to the win column in impressive fashion. First up was Mike Brown, who faced off against Anthony Morrison in a tune-up match less than two months after losing his title to Jose Aldo. Morrison came out aggressively, throwing some nasty-looking kicks, but it wasn’t long before Brown took Morrison down from a clinch, scored mount after briefly controlling him from a crucifix position, then sunk in a rear-naked choke that made Morrison tap at the 1:54 mark.

In the night’s co-headliner, Urijah Faber made his first appearance since his decision loss to Mike Brown last June — a fight in which broke his right hand and dislocated his left — facing off against top-ten ranked BJJ specialist Raphael Assuncao. Assuncao showed his toughness in the first frame, stifling Faber in the clinch and staying competitive in the striking exchanges. But the California kid turned it on in round two, threatening Assuncao with a tight guillotine choke and dropping him with a right hand. Faber put Assuncao on his ass again in the third with another right hand, and expertly took his back on the ground, finishing with a rear-naked choke.

Following the match, Jose Aldo entered the cage to create some heat for a future showdown with the ex-champ. Aldo said he respects Faber, but "there’s no way you’re getting my belt." Faber replied that he feels the belt already belongs to him. WEC general manager Reed Harris later confirmed that Faber would indeed get the next shot at Aldo’s 145-pound title, and their fight could headline the WEC’s first pay-per-view event; no venue or date has been set yet.

Faber picked up an extra $10,000 for WEC 46′s Submission of the Night, while Will Campuzano and Coty Wheeler picked up $10,000 Fight of the Night bonuses for their unaired preliminary card three-rounder, which was awesome, apparently. Full results from WEC 46 are below…

Main Card
– Benson Henderson def. Jamie Varner via submission (guillotine choke), 2:41 of round 3
– Urijah Faber def. Raphael Assuncao via submission (rear naked choke), 3:49 of round 3
– Kamal Shalorus def. Dave Jansen via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28)
– Mike Brown def. Anthony Morrison via submission (rear naked choke), 1:54 of round 1
Deividas Taurosevicius def. Mackens Semerzier via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

Preliminary Card
Charlie Valencia def. Akitoshi Tamura via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
Wagnney Fabiano def. Clint Godfrey via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Mark Hominick def. Bryan Caraway via submission (armbar), 3:48 of round 1
Eddie Wineland def. George Roop via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
– Will Campuzano def. Coty Wheeler via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x 2)

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Sunburned- January 12, 2010 at 6:38 am
Faber/Aldo fight is one not to miss!
(Big fan of both athletes).

Faber is going to be the next Bas Rutten imo.
MrFeexit- January 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm
So when Varner was trying to choke Henderson early on that was fighting...but when Henderson chokes out the bitch later in the fight then it turned into grappling...I think I get it now....Varner is Tito's MiniMe
rpn452- January 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I generally agree with what you're saying, but in this case I think Henderson was right; even Jesus wanted to see Varner take a beating.
snicket916- January 11, 2010 at 10:56 am
jesus christ....i don't like varner anymore than you goons, but all you guys do is hate. dude was out of it mentally walking in as soon as he realized he was gettin' called faggot every other second walking out to the ring. i went to the show, and as always in sac there was nothing but tight shirt wearing drunks there booing everyone besides urijah. i went to the after party at the park, and people were fuckin kissing varner's ass all night, not talking shit. urijah got smashed, looked like a little carnie running around all drunk
Get Off Me- January 11, 2010 at 10:04 am
I started searching when the fight was not on TSN2 as generally versus broadcasts WEC on TSN2, but I was happy to see it on the score in HD. I know Versus runs hockey and fighting(with exception of last night) on TSN2, I have never seen it on Score before and like you am confused. I think having the Score and TSN2 though pretty much guarantees being able to watch WEC moving forward.
budsellers- January 11, 2010 at 9:50 am
great night of WEC fights again...

this should be enough to prove that henderson, with his very impressive win streak, is the rightful champ in that division.

WEC should give us varner vs cerrone next so that cerrone is guaranteed that rematch(before varner gets fired). after whooping varner and sending him to strikeforce, cerrone can challenge henderson again. cerrone talked about a move down to 145 after losing to henderson and he can still do that if he loses to varner.

obviously, faber is WEC's best draw, but aldo is going to smash him so that fight may not be such a smart move for WEC and faber. it is excellent for aldo. yes, uriah beat a top 10 fighter, but that is not the same as beating mike brown or jose aldo. he would be better served moving down to 135 with this win.

i was most impressed with homineck. that triangle to armbar definitely deserved submission of the night. handerson's flying armbar was also impressive, but he was fighting a douchebag!
imakeutap- January 11, 2010 at 9:21 am
@ Swedish

Dana is that you?
mthomas- January 11, 2010 at 8:49 am
Plus, Varner is a bitch. And could he have tapped any faster? If you're gonna tap that fast, don't complain about your opponent not 'coming to fight'.
mthomas- January 11, 2010 at 8:46 am
Yeah, I watched it on The Score too. And who the fuck wants to watch the WEC on PPV? Not Me? Do any of you other Canucks on here know if they will broadcasting the UFC events that air on Versus on The Score as well?

Oh, and Henderson should have gotten SOTN. Flying Guillotine? Come on, how awesome was that?
831 Son- January 11, 2010 at 8:43 am
Its okay ScarTissue, the Bens fucked up and completely forgot about this event too. They failed hard.
ArmFarmer- January 11, 2010 at 8:43 am
I gave Varner the benefit of the doubt before and I kind of liked him. Now I have to join the club.. Varner is a dbag. It's not like he was even dominating before the sub it was pretty even.
ScarTissue- January 11, 2010 at 8:25 am
Damn it all, I completely forgot about this event. It's on tonight at midnight and again on Wednesday at 8:00.
Get Off Me- January 11, 2010 at 8:22 am
Great card last night, there are plenty of fantastic fighters in the WEC and I am never disapointed with their cards. Faber is back, fought smarter and was still entertaining, Varner proved he's a douche(last time I checked grappling is still fighting) and Shalorus is my kind of fighter(uses his excellent ground game to stand and bang, even if he is less than plolished with his striking).

Two things about the WEC quickly:
1). It feels like I am watching a UFC bout on 1x fast forward
2). On average, in a five minute round, I would say Frank Mir talks for about 4:40 seconds, it's too much, even if Frank has a ton of good stuff to say, it takes away from the calling of the fight.
The Clinch- January 11, 2010 at 8:01 am
May pesto be upon you agentsmith.

Clinch-Smash- January 11, 2010 at 7:48 am
It was 3 hours on Versus
Cut-Throat- January 11, 2010 at 7:47 am
Oh yeah and BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! You suck Varner. Your still the little bitch that you were in the Cowboy fight.
agentsmith- January 11, 2010 at 7:45 am
I'd like to thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for bestowing upon me a most glorious gift last night... I was actually able to watch this event live on regular Canadian cable TV. "The Score" was re-broadcasting the Versus feed, which I'm pretty sure is a first... they turned it into a 3-hour event with all the commercials though, aren't WEC events usually only 2 hours?
Cut-Throat- January 11, 2010 at 7:44 am
He came to grapple and Tap out a Bitch!
DAN THE VIKING- January 11, 2010 at 7:33 am
I read an article not long ago that Varner really wants the repect and admiration of the fans for his 'legendary status' as one of the best in the world @155. He then went on to explain that he cant figure out why the fans cant accept him.

Go F yourself.

"I came to fight, Ben came to grapple."

And subsequently that grappling won him the fight.
Cerrone would have taken your belt if you hadnt gone all 'Remy Bonjansky' you bitch.

"Go ahead and boo."

Clinch-Smash- January 11, 2010 at 7:30 am
I have no problem with his faith I have plenty to, but why would GOD give you the motivation the beat and choke another person. i just makes me laugh
The Clinch- January 11, 2010 at 7:29 am
Oh, and I don't see how people can take Mike Brown's fight seriously.

A top 10 guy fighting a virtual unknown. MIKE'S BACK!

No offense to Cheesesteak, hope he gets another shot.. Not against Faber, Aldo, etc.
Dubya- January 11, 2010 at 7:23 am
He feels the need to thank Christ because he believes in it... what's wrong with that? Everybody has their own motivation.. but don't knock a guy for having some faith.
Clinch-Smash- January 11, 2010 at 7:04 am
Just getting back into WEC (out of the country for 2 years) and tried to give Varner a chance, but any mfer that where's sunglasses out and then bitchs about the loseing really has solidified himself as one of the most hated fighters around and biggest d-bags, and at the same time I respect Henderson as a fighter but why does he fell the need to thank god, it really just crackes me up.
tuRdLe420- January 11, 2010 at 7:02 am
Varner has once again proven he is a little bitch who can not take a loss gracefully.
Swedish- January 11, 2010 at 6:40 am
Awesome card!!!!!

WEC is the solid #2 promotion sporting some of the best athletes in the lighter weight divisions