by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
In a clear case of technique over brute force, 25-year-old Danillo Villefort used slick ground skills to hand former powerlifter Mike Campbell his first professional loss at WEC 38 on Sunday night in San Diego, Calif.
Campbell, 26, bounced his way into an early takedown after catching a Villefort kick. But when he picked the American Top Team member up, he found himself entwined in a standing oma plata. A subsequent slam merely put him on the defensive, as Villefort transitioned to a leg lock, then a kneebar.
Power allowed Campbell to escape, but he ate a knee up the middle as he shot back in. When he finished his subsequent takedown attempt, Villefort was waiting with an armbar. This time, Villefort used the submission to reverse and take mount.
It only took a few elbows to force Campbell to give up his back. When he failed to respond to referee Josh Rosenthal as Villefort rained down punches, the fight was called at 3:53 of the first.
Jose Aldo improved his record to 13-1 with an impressive first round TKO victory over Rolando Perez.
The two lightweights waged a highly technical war on their feet. The 22-year-old Aldo was the clear aggressor, first softening Perez’s lead leg with kicks.
Perez, 24, would not go quietly, though. As Aldo closed the distance, he fired crisp punch combinations.
Two body shots, a punch and kick, gave the Brazilian brief pause. But a stiff jab opened a cut on the bridge of Perez’s nose, and hastened his backward movement.
In the final minute of the first round, Perez leaned into a jab to the body, where Aldo was waiting with a knee. The shot slammed into Perez’s jaw, knocking him on his rear end.
Aldo followed the San Diego resident to the canvas, where he landed a short flurry of punches for good measure. At 4:15, it was all over.
Almost as quickly as the referee saved Perez, Aldo bounded into the stands, coming to celebrate with fans near the top of the arena.
Lightweight Benson Henderson used an early reversal by Anthony Njokuani to secure a guillotine choke early in the second round.
Welterweight Hiromitsua Miura was caught at the end of an early punching flurry at the hands of Edgar Garcia. Garcia needed only 78 seconds to pound the tough Japanese veteran out.
Featherweight Dominic Cruz edged fellow Total Combat veteran Ian McCall in points after a three-round battle.
Bantamweight Scott Jorgensen caught Frank Gomez in a nasty reverse guillotine early in the first round, coaxing a tapout in 69 seconds.
Welterweight Jesse Lennox caught Blas Avena with a flurry of strikes in the early moments of the second round, netting a TKO victory at 0:41 of the second round.
Bantamweight Charlie Valencia got back in the win column for the WEC, fighting his way to a three-round decision over Seth Dikun.