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