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WEC 49 Recap + Results: Varner vs. Shalorus Ends in Split Draw; Hominick and Grispi Win Big

(In Iran, a brutal kick to the balls is actually a gesture of respect. Photo courtesy of CageWriter)

It was supposed to determine the next challenger to Ben Henderson‘s lightweight title, but the main event of last night’s WEC 49 event at the Rexall Place in Edmonton only proved that 1) Jamie Varner is a magnet for illegal techniques, and 2) You don’t leave it in the hands of the judges, particularly when Sensei Cecil is on the scoring table.

Varner (16-3-1) had the edge early in his three-rounder against Iranian-born wrestling specialist Kamal Shalorus (6-0-2), using his far more technical striking attack to land punches from the outside, and clearly rocked Shalrous at one point. Instead of relying on his grappling, the Prince of Persia stood in the pocket, and focused on attacking Varner’s lead leg with heavy kicks. Despite getting the worst of the exchanges, Shalrous was happy to brawl with the former lightweight champ. Things got ugly in the second round when two of Shalrous’s low-kicks made contact with Varner’s cup. The second occurrence spurred referee Josh Rosenthal to deduct a point. After taking an extended break to collect himself, Varner continued to outstrike Shalorus, wobbling him again with a head kick and right straight. The kicks to the legs and balls were slowing Varner down, but he still seemed to be in control of the fight.

The final round opened with Shalorus landing another point-blank kick to Varner’s nuts, putting the Worm down again. Rosenthal decided that one point deduction in the fight was enough, and decided not to take another one from Shalorus, despite Varner’s protests. When the action was restarted, Shalorus managed to score a takedown after catching a kick from Varner, and worked some strikes from the top for the majority of the round. Varner escaped to his feet in the final minute, and kept his distance as the match came to a close. The scores were a surprise, to say the least. Nelson Hamilton seemed to get it right with his 29-27 tally for Varner, but local yokel Cameron Quwek had it 29-27 for Shalorus, meaning he gave all three rounds to the Iranian, minus the point deduction. Ridiculous. Putting the anti-climactic cherry on top, Cecil Peoples cast the final vote — a 28-28, making the match a split draw. Varner stormed off in disgust, and is probably icing his balls as we speak. 

Elsewhere on the main card…

— Canadians Mark Hominick and Yves Jabouin turned in a wild two-rounder that ended with Hominick scoring a TKO victory. The first round was a fast-paced standup battle, with Jabouin utilizing his sharp leg and body kicks, and Hominick landing his stiff right hand whenever he could. In the second round, Hominick floored Jabouin with a left hook to the body and tried to finish the fight with punches, but Jabouin worked his way to his feet and immediately knocked Hominick down with a right hand. Jabouin followed Hominick to the mat, but it proved to be his undoing. Hominick set up a triangle from his back, used it to sweep to mount, and jack-hammered punches down to a turtling Jabouin until the fight was stopped.

Josh Grispi put himself in line for a featherweight title shot by getting the better of fellow top contender L.C. Davis — and he made it look easy. Grispi peppered Davis early with kicks to the legs and body, and Davis responded by shooting for a takedown. Grispi wrapped up a guillotine choke on the way down, closed his guard, and cranked until Davis was asleep. Grispi is now 4-0 in the WEC, with first-round stoppages over Mark Hominick, Micah Miller, Jens Pulver, and Davis. Could a meeting with 145-pound champion Jose Aldo be next?

Chris Horodecki had his way with late replacement Danny Downes, using his striking and grappling to control the first two rounds of the fight, before sinking in a rear-naked choke early in the third. Horodecki was warned repeatedly for fence-holding (and once for punches to the back of the head), but no points were deducted.

— Former bantamweight champ Eddie Wineland took a page from the Dominick Cruz playbook, using maddening footwork and strikes from all angles to dominate Will Campuzano. An inhumanly fast superman punch/left hook to the body/overhand right combination floored Campuzano in the second frame, and Wineland finished the fight later in the round with a devastating punch to the body.

Full WEC 49 results, and end-of-night bonus winners:

– Jaime Varner and Kamal Shalorus fight to a split draw (29-27 Shalorus, 27-29 Varner, 28-28)
– Mark Hominick def. Yves Jabouin via TKO, 3:21 of round 2; Hominick and Jabouin were both awarded $10,000 Fight of the Night bonuses
– Josh Grispi def. L.C. Davis via submission (guillotine), 2:33 of round 1; Grispi received the event’s $10,000 Submission of the Night bonus
– Chris Horodecki def. Daniel Downes via submission (rear-naked choke), 1:09 of round 3
– Eddie Wineland def. Will Campuzano via KO, 4:44 of round 2; Wineland received the event’s $10,000 Knockout of the Night bonus 

– Will Kerr def. Karen Darabedyan via submission (armbar), 1:20 of round 1
Wagnney Fabiano def. Frank Gomez via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
– Erik Koch def. Bendy Casimir via submission (triangle choke), 3:01 of Round 1
Diego Nunes def. Raphael Assuncao via split decision (30-27 Nunes, 28-29 Assuncao, 29-28 Nunes)
– Chris Cariaso def. Rafael Rebello via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-29 x 2)
– Renan Barao def. Anthony Leone via submission (armbar), 2:29 of round 3

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Charming Charlie- June 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm
If I were a ref I'd probably only take points away to cover my own ass, not because I feel like they are necessary to ensure fighters don't fight dirty at the UFC/WEC level.
Omelette Platter- June 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm
i'm sure i saw varner soak up another kick to the nuts early in the fight. he winces, rubs his nuts and goes back to fighting. that was before the one that put him down for the first time. i see what rosenthal was doing, not wanting to take a second point from shalorus, but he totally should have. that decision pissed me off more than the garcia/zombie decision; any man who takes that many nutshots and keeps on going instead of sayin' "fuck it, gimme the dq win" deserves the w just on pure brass alone.
the glza- June 21, 2010 at 11:52 am
"Will Campuzano. An inhumanly fast superman punch/left hook to the body/overhand right combination floored Campuzano in the second frame, and Wineland finished the fight later in the round with a devastating punch to the body."

would that be enough to make fight of the week? i didn't get to see it last night...
imabigfan- June 21, 2010 at 11:22 am
fair play, justcrappin (see what I did there?). Pics of Gina Carano greatly overshadow piddly grammatical pissings.

I rue the day when Nick Ring jokes and Gina Carano fawning takes a back seat to Die Grammatikpolizei. Besides, you've made me laugh more than once with your comments, and that is what this is all about.
justscrappin- June 21, 2010 at 8:39 am
Thanks for helping him I'mabigfag. Just kidding bro...I actually like you. I think we shared an affinity for the Gina Carano pic a few days ago....eiffel tower?
justscrappin- June 21, 2010 at 8:32 am
Nice catch Armfarmer. You have a bright future as a grammar school proofreader. I have to apologize however....I didn't shower it must be a horribly rank ride on my nuts. It seems like you enjoy the perspiration you're welcome.
justscrappin- June 21, 2010 at 8:28 am
Hey I have something that grinds my gears more THAN my last comment. When the internet gestapo....only comments on a topic to correct someones mistakes instead of ACTUALLY INTERJECTING SOMETHING INTELLIGENT ABOUT THE SUBJECT AT HAND. Sorry guys...just thought that if thirdarmfarmer had said something about the WEC and then corrected me...I would have nothing to say.
imabigfan- June 21, 2010 at 8:25 am
*ahem* it's "you're"

-slinks away
tmanifold- June 21, 2010 at 7:37 am
Normally Varner would have quit after the first one. So props for him. As a ref you have to give the other guy the benefit of the doubt because Jamie Varner has acting skills that belong in the world cup.
Nut Puncher 9000- June 21, 2010 at 7:24 am
Leaving my hate for MMA Judging aside, WEC has put on better shows on average than any other organization including the UFC. They have solid action throughout and lots of stoppages. Zuffa needs to take a serious look at merging these two organizations. The fighters in WEC need more $ for their performances, the UFC needs an action boost as of late, and then all the powers that be can come together to, at the very least, mistakenly blind Cecil Peoples.
cecils_pupils- June 21, 2010 at 7:23 am
Three kicks to the nuts is excessive. First kick - warning from ref. Second kick - a proper point deduction. At this point, you should be changing your game so you don't kick the guy in the nuts again. Third kick (wtf?) - ref should have taken another point and Varner should have let it go past 5 minutes and get the DQ victory. There is no fuckin' reason any fight should have a third kick to the nuts, even if it is Varner's nuts gettin' kicked.
akeboner- June 21, 2010 at 7:18 am
long time reader, first time poster. Actually, I decided to register here because I tired of reading bloodyelbow and seeing the bullshit that kid nate and jonothon blowmen try to pass off on people. what a bunch of stuck-up balltouchers. oh shit, technical analysis from kid nate! oh my god, i need to drop everything to read that groundbreaking piece of MMA journalism.

anyhoos, this card was awesome. it was pretty much more exciting then the tuf finale, but then again i was hoping court mcgee would win the whole thing, grab the mic and start thanking his drug dealers, proclaim that he was going back to riding the white pony, and flip off the entire crowd, essentially turning heel.

but that's just me.
ArmFarmer- June 21, 2010 at 6:59 am
You know what really grinds my gears? When people say then instead of than...
Viva Hate- June 21, 2010 at 6:52 am
Soccer, the most popular sport in the world, currently on its biggest stage and someone seems to have hired Steve Mazzagatti as a consultant, ZING x2!
justscrappin- June 21, 2010 at 6:49 am
Viva hate: I know right? It's also kinda sad considering soccer has been the staple sport of the globe for like the last 50 years.
justscrappin- June 21, 2010 at 6:46 am
You know what really grinds my gears? The fact that these WEC events have more action p4p then the UFC events due to the smaller guys better cardio. I also understand that this card didn't have any championship belts on the line...but 10k for a fotn, ko, sub bonus? In the UFC...I believe the smallest bonus is 20k for a spike card...and at the very least 40k for a ppv card. How the hell are these smaller...(usually) more skilled guys supposed to make a living?
Viva Hate- June 21, 2010 at 6:45 am
While officiating and judging have been a huge issue for a while in MMA, they are still far better than the officiating in the World Cup, ZING!
Suomivoittaa- June 21, 2010 at 6:44 am