Live WEC 17 Results Tonight; WEC Breakdown

October 12, 2005
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MMAWeekly’s very own Ryan Bennett will be calling the event with Stephen Quadros, Jeff Blatnick and Ron Kruck on national television for HDNet. The show will be broken into two 1 1/2 hour shows for the broadcast next week.

MMAWeekly.com will have live results on the Soundoff Forum for the event as well. Here are a few of the more higher profile matches on Friday Night’s card.

Scott Smith and Tim McKenzie at WEC 17

Scott Smith and Tim McKenzie at WEC 17

#1 – SCOTT SMITH {7-1} vs TIM “Wrecking Machine” McKENZIE
{8-2) – Scott Smith is an underrated talent and I’m excited to see him for the first tim in WEC. Smith’s only loss is to James Irvin, the former WEC Heavyweight Champion and UFC Veteran. Tim McKenzie is part of the very tough Cesar Gracie Fight Team, started his career at a perfect 7-0, but lost two tough back to back fights. One to Alex Steibling in a fight he was domininating, then Akihiro Gono in Pancrase. His last fight he was very impressive knocking out Bill Mahood in 6 seconds! Two very young strong fighters, too close to call going into this fight.

Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament Bout

JUSTIN LEVENS and JORGE OLIVIERA at WEC 17

JUSTIN LEVENS and JORGE OLIVIERA at WEC 17

#2 JUSTIN “THE EXECUTIONER” LEVENS {6-0} vs JORGE VAN
DAMME OLIVIERA {1-0} – Clearly Levens has the expierence going into this fight with six professional wins. The undefeated fighter has never gone to a decision and finishes everyone he faces. Jorge Olivera has just one win, but the Chute Box fighter dominated Shonie Carter for three straight rounds in a fight that was never close. Oliviera is out to show he is the next best thing as far as Chute Box goes and this should be a brutal fight between the two fighters. Bottom line the fans win in this tournament because all four guys are finishers which makes this tournament spectacular.

Light Heavyweight Bout

ALEX STIEBLING and VERNON WHITE at WEC 17

ALEX STIEBLING and VERNON WHITE at WEC 17

ALEX STIEBLING {16-7} vs VERNON “TIGER” WHITE
{22-26-2} – Interesting 24 hours for Alex Steibling. He was 10 over at the weigh-in, but later made it. Not sure how much this will affect his fight. Steibling is a tough grizzled veteran who has some great wins over Allan Goes, Wallid Ismail, Joe Riggs, and others, but as of late, young guys are trying to make their names of him, Tim McKenzie and Chael Sonnen among others. The good part about this fight is the fact his opponent will bring the fight to him. Vernon “Tiger” White fought very well against Chuck Liddell, but in the end had his eye socket broken by the Iceman. He bounced back from that loss with back to back wins. He defeated Chris Peak and Justin Burgin in Valor Fighting Championships. His last fight though he ended up losing to Team Quests Matt Horwich by rear naked choke. Look for Steibling to try for the same move in trying to get a win, while Tiger would love nothing more than a stand up war.

Welterweight Bout

STEVE RAMIREZ and GIL CASTILLO at WEC 17

STEVE RAMIREZ and GIL CASTILLO at WEC 17

STEVE RAMIREZ {4-1} vs GIL CASTILLO {7-4} – Hopefully this fight still takes place. Castillo was under the impression this fight was at 170. Ramirez thought it was 185. They both weighed in at different weight classes with Ramirez at 184 and Castillo 171.

If the fight happens, this is an interesting battle because Steve Ramirez only knows one speed and that’s lightening fast, brawl for it all. Gil Castillo hasn’t fought in a year and a half. What has Castillo been up to? No one knows. Since Castillo’s loss to Matt Hughes at UFC 40, Castillo won in WEC against Chris Williams at WEC 6, then lost two tough back to back fights. One to Charuto Verissimo in Rumble on the Rock and the other to Team Quests Ryan Schultz. That was 18 months ago. Now we see the return of Castillo this weekend to a WEC cage. Even though he has had a long layoff, he should whether the initial storm and take this fight to the ground for a submission victory.

WEC World Lightweight Championship Bout
SAM WELLS {7-7} vs GABE “GODZILLA” RUEDIGER {8-1}- Godzilla is ready for the big time. Sam Wells is looking for another huge upset. Gabe Ruediger has just one loss in his career, to…you guessed it, Sam Wells. Godzilla was shocked by Wells as Wells stand up game was superior to Rudeigers. Since then Ruediger has been dominant, Wells has been a journeymen. Wells has the pyschological advantage, Godzilla has revenge. If Ruediger avenges the loss, can we please see him fight Gilbert Melendez to unify the WEC belts?

Featherweight Bout
ED TOMASELLI {2-0) vs ANTONIO BANUELOS {7-2}- Banuelos is one of the most exciting fighters you will see. His only losses were out of his weight class at 145. Baunelos, part of Chuck Liddell’s gym is a 135 pound fighter. Tomaselli is undefeated at 2-0 and will find out where he is at, at this stage of his career against the Pit Fighter.
Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament Bout

WEC World Heavyweight Championship Bout
TBA vs LAVAR “BIG” JOHNSON {6-1}- TBA has been a popular opponent for Big Lavar. Every time matchmaker Scott Adams thinks he has an opponent for Johnson, that opponent drops out. Johnson is just getting better and better with time and since he joined A.K.A, he may be a year away from the UFC. He is getting better and better and if they take their time with him, he will be ready to be a major player. Hopefully there will be somebody who steps up because he has trained a few months for a fight.

Super Heavyweight Bout

JIMMY AMBRIZ and  RICCO RODRIGUEZ at WEC 17

JIMMY AMBRIZ and RICCO RODRIGUEZ at WEC 17

JIMMY “THE TITAN” AMBRIZ {8-2-1} vs RICCO “SUAVE”
RODRIGUEZ {13-3-2} – For the second consecutive fight, Ricco Rodriguez will be the smaller fighter Friday night, when he squares off against former King of the Cage Champion, Jimmy Ambriz.

Ambriz, who weighs right around 325, has something in common with Rodriguez. They both recently fought Ron Waterman. For Ricco it was a tough loss by decision to Waterman, for Ambriz it was very close and the fight was ruled a draw. Ambriz will try to follow the same game plan as Waterman vs Ricco. Only problem, while he is as strong as Waterman, Ambriz isn’t as technical as the H20 man. Rodriguez actually had Waterman in a triangle choke and armbar. Was it locked in tight? No, but Waterman had enough expierence to not get himself in big trouble.

Not sure if Ambriz is skilled enough at this point of his career to stay out of trouble. If he is, then it’s going to be another long night for Rodriguez. Remember, Ambriz has battled Josh Barnett, Waterman and Dan Christison, but I think Rodriguez is more skilled on the ground than any of them. Should be a very entertaining match up.

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