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(On the bright side, that pig was offered an immediate rematch in Arizona. Photo courtesy of

Between Jose Aldo‘s latest title defense/demolition, the off-the-chain Cerrone vs. Varner rematch, George Roop‘s KO of the Year candidate, and the other violent stoppages from Torres and Zhang, last night’s WEC event delivered the goods. (LOL @ any poor bastard who decided to watch Bellator instead!) Here’s some things you might want to know with Aldo vs. Gamburyan in the books…

— $10,000 bonuses were handed out to the following fighters: George Roop (Knockout of the Night) for being the first guy to finish the Korean Zombie, which he did with a perfectly placed LHK; Miguel Torres (Submission of the Night) for beating Charlie Valencia to the mat and finishing him with a RNC; and Donald Cerrone/Jamie Varner for their three-round co-headlining battle that was totally OMFG.

— Remember that weird moment at the end of Cerrone/Varner when Varner shoved Cowboy as he was walking away, for no apparent reason? Well, what happened was, Varner tried to hug Cerrone after the fight, Cerrone basically blocked him and said "get away from me," and Varner got all butt-hurt about it. End of story.

— As for Cerrone’s gong-and-dash routine at the start of the fight, and his non-stop aggression throughout the match, Donald credits his rodeo roots: "After my loss to Ben (Henderson), I went and did some rodeoing again. IIt felt good to figure out where I came from. We have a saying that says you come out ‘[expletive]-and-gittin,’ and that’s what I did. I was in the back saying, ‘Come on boys. Let’s rodeo. Let’s do this.’ That’s what drove me to go…[The plan] was run at him, and when I got there, I was going to figure it out. I had no idea what was going to happen."

— During the post-fight press conference, Miguel Torres explained his markedly different fighting style against Charlie Valencia: "I’ve been working a lot on controlling myself when I get in the cage. A lot of my setbacks in the past — against (Brian) Bowles, and even when I fought (Takeya) Mizugaki and (Yoshiro) Maeda — I chase guys too much. I’m so excited to put on a show for the fans that I hit a guy and I try to go forward — or I get hit, and I get crazy and go forward. It’s a little bit of a bloodlust that I have from growing up in the hood, I guess…One of the main things I’ve tried to control is to be more calm and to wait for the opening to present itself. The whole first round…I wanted to jump on Charlie so bad, but I had to sit back and wait and calculate and just wait for it…I still get the impulse to go after it, but I think now, especially with the way the game is developing…that I have to be smarter when I fight and not be so aggressive. There’s always going to be a time and a place."

On his new training camp at TriStar Gym in Montreal, Torres said: "Firas is a great trainer. Living in his basement kind of put me in check a little bit — a reality check. I had to go back to being a student again. Up until that point, I was always training myself and working out in my gym with my guys, and they were training with my schedule. I would show up an hour late, do whatever I wanted to do, kind of like I was running my own training. If I didn’t want to wrestle, I didn’t wrestle. I’d box…My last two losses put me in a better place. I think if I would have won my last two fights, I would have still been doing the same thing I was doing before. Now I’m with a pretty good team at Tristar. I’ve got a great coach, and mentally and physically I’m in a better place…I feel like I’m back. I really do, but I still have a lot of things to do. I have a long way to go. I’m a contender again, and I won’t be happy until I’m on top."

— Jose Aldo also displayed a more measured gameplan last night. As he explained, “The same thing happened against Urijah [Faber]. I try to study my opponent in the first round, and then in the second round I execute my game plan. I saw what Manny was doing, and I wanted to take the shortest route to end the fight.”

— Thanks to "shitbag" for reminding me to post video of WEC referee Adam Martinez’s appearance on Wife Swap. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the video online. But there’s a good recap right here. Cute wife, but she sounds like a real bitch.

And just for fun…

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Lex Talionis- October 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

The whole idea behind the term "pound for pound" has nothing to do with fighting at more than one weight class, its in fact the opposite. To say Aldo is the best fighter in the world would be ridiculous. Shane Carwin could beat a dozen Aldos at the same time, so he can't be the best in the world, end of story. However, to say Aldo is the best pound for pound fighter implies that skill wise he is a better fighter than anyone else. The term "pound for pound" is just a way to let people off the hook for being smaller. You can't say GSP is a better fighter than Lesner because in a fight Lesner kicks GSP's ass every time, so instead people say GSP is the best pound for pound fighter. Now they can compare him to people he wouldn't otherwise have any business being compared to. Hope this helps you buy into the whole pound for pound thing now that you know what it actually means
oki-who oki-ryu- October 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm
agreed walksinthedarkness... they should prove themselves at their opponents weight class. Thats why I never buy into the whole "best pound for pound fighter" claims. Most of the fighters they say this about (i.e GSP, ALDO, and Fedor) only fight in one division (weightclass.) How are they the best pound for pound if they only fight in one division???
oki-who oki-ryu- October 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm
manny thought he was gonna be fedor(bro) scraps. unfortunately, the time his big cousin Karo took him to see fedor... they weren't in the front row (cause y'know they aren't A listers) and all short lil manny couldnt see the fight. and.. shit i was going somewhere with this and lost it... whatever. all i can say now is watch mannys fight against Rob the Saint Emerson when he was Manuel, not Manvel. And he was the (3rd?) pitbull not the anvil.. and well, he wasnt good then either. he got knocked out twice in 20 sec.
WalksInTheDarkness- October 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm
My only thing about fighters coming from the UFC's light weight division to fight Aldo is that he should have to move up in weight. They shouldn't have to cut to fight him. If he wants to fight other guys then he should put on the weight, Penn didn't argue that he should be able to fight GSP as a light weight. If you clear out one division and then think you can fight the guys above or below you, you should prove it by fighting at their weight and not at your own.
kiai_NT- October 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Glad someone else noticed the self inflicted knee. It looked like that was what cut him on the forehead. Someone should gif that shit.
Smitty- October 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Will someone please tell Swedish that the number 2 promotion is pwned by the number 1 promotion, making the number 2 promotion pretty much as the same as the number 1 promotion, which helps to understand why he enjoyed it so much.
scrapsallday- October 1, 2010 at 11:24 am
sounds like that was a sweet card!
what the fuck did manny actually think he was going to do in there lol
I guess throwin up the turtle was as good an option as any.
Get Off Me- October 1, 2010 at 11:05 am
Agreed, but it was really two shots that put away the Zombie, first the front high kick from Roop followed by a pretty devastating chin rattler of a knee to the self by Chan Sung....anytime you hit yourself in a fight, you run the risk of a KO.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- October 1, 2010 at 10:23 am
i was suprised chan sung got so knocked out from that kick, it was a front leg kick and didnt even look that hard. i mean it was perfect placement and would have knocked most people out, but the korean zombie? :( dissapointing. but sick card nonetheless
Uncle Chubbs- October 1, 2010 at 10:06 am
@kid clam curtains.
ve been too a few IFL fights back in the day and a few bellator fights at smaller venues. the fans ALWAYS suck.. you get drunk, ignorant assholes yelling "punch him in the face!" like no shit buddy. and majority of casual mma fans have no appreciation for grappling so when it hits the mats they boo for stand ups and make gay jokes.
Kid Clam Curtains- October 1, 2010 at 9:15 am
That crowd sucked so much cock last night. The place was 1/3 empty and they booed constantly. I also hardly heard any cheering during the good fights. Hey Denver, go fuck yourself.
BONGTAR- October 1, 2010 at 9:10 am
Awesome night of FREE fights! Even WITH Ativan, it was exciting.
cecils_pupils- October 1, 2010 at 9:08 am
Great fights last night! Seeing Roop KO Hung Sung Jung via headkick was fucking reeeeeeeeediculous! Was rooting for the Korean Zombie, but you gotta give props to Roop for being patient and unleashing at the right moment.

Damn I love having a DVR now... I watched that headkick 5 times in a row!

P.S. - Varner is a whiny little bitch and I was happy to see him get handled.
C-Bus Allstar- October 1, 2010 at 9:07 am

Florian would do what everyone has done against Aldo, develop massive thigh contusions en route to an ass whupping.
Swedish- October 1, 2010 at 9:07 am
Holy smokes that was an awesome card. How can someone argue that WEC is NOT the #2 promotion?

Every card delivers!
Ballkick- October 1, 2010 at 8:53 am

Why drink Bleach when Dranokills?
DaltonSwayze- October 1, 2010 at 8:46 am
WHOA something just hit me. Do you guys think Florian could make 145? I mean, wouldn't you love to see how he deals with Aldo?
NinJay- October 1, 2010 at 8:41 am

I did have the first round for Garcia. He was very agressive and was landing more punches. Hominick was smart, didn't get caught with anything too big and let Garcia punch himself out. First round Garcia, second and third were obviously Hominicks.

As to why people love Cowboy and hate Varner it is very simple in my yes. It all goes back to last year when Varner took the easy road to victory by turning into a pro soccer player and acting like he couldn't continue the fight. That really put a bad taste in my mouth just like when Josh Douchebag Koscheck acted like he got hit with a phantom knee against Daley. Then end of the fight shove by Cowboy was classless though. I like him a little less but still way more than Varner.
shitbag- October 1, 2010 at 8:34 am
Whoo-hoo I got my first shoutout in an article! I finally feel accepted in life, now I can put away that gallon of bleach I was about to drink!
henropotter- October 1, 2010 at 8:21 am
Rule 4: Doubletap: Carrying a gun is a great idea but it should never be your primary weapon. When you do end up using it for that last minute 'oh shit' moment remember to double tap. Its an emergency and thats why your using it and not your cricket bat so why skimp? One bullet more in the head will go a long way to ensuring your survival.
Fried Taco- October 1, 2010 at 8:20 am
I'm just waiting to hear ReX13 explain the Frausto/Aguilar decision.
danomite- October 1, 2010 at 8:16 am
I can understand why people don't like Varner, but why do they like Cerrone? Guy's an even bigger douche than Varner sometimes.

Also, how the fuck does a guy from Colorado (Cerrone) have more of a southern accent then me when I'm actually southern?
Get Off Me- October 1, 2010 at 8:14 am
George Hoop!

WEC is pound for pound best in my books, once again all extremely watchable fights and bodies dropping left right and center.
One thing that mystifies me still, hearing boo's during a Jose Aldo fight???
Aldo should put out a DVD on how to stop takedowns, he makes it look so easy, it's a push down on the back of the head followed by a Buffer 180 and he's out of trouble...amazing.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 1, 2010 at 8:07 am
Did you really say find him someone his own size most of the time torres fights people bigger then him.


I completely agree though I find jamie more tolerable then cerrone I always want someone to smack that stupid fucking cowboy hat right off his big stupid head. Does he realize Henderson isn't gonna give him a shot for another couple fights he beat him twice? Maybe he should change weight classes.
DaltonSwayze- October 1, 2010 at 8:06 am
No mention of Hominick picking apart Garcia while the announcers tried to pump up Garcia? Or the fact that some idiot judge scored two rounds for Garcia? Or the fact that anyone scored even one round for Garcia? Or the fact that it was a perfectly executed gameplan, and a great display of discipline?

Sorry, I just really liked that fight.