by MMAWeekly.com Staff
WEC has proved to be the spring board to UFC stardom. Joe Riggs, Nick Diaz, Mike Swick, Chris Leben, Mike Kyle, Jason Von Flue, and James Irvin are just a few of the names that launched their careers from the WEC organization.
Get ready for a couple more in Scott Smith and Justin Levens. Smith ended up winning the much coveted WEC Tournament this weekend with a sensational win over Tim McKenzie in a great battle where he took some punishment early, came back and ended up getting the win in impressive fashion. Smith had some wicked ground n pound in getting the win.
Justin Levens who had an epic staredown with Chute Box member, Jorge Olivera, won his fight in probably the fight of the night. Both fighters showed amazing skill in a very aggressive exciting fight. Levens picked up Olivera in Quinton “Rampage” Jackson style and slammed Olivera on his head knocking out the Brazilian.
Levens who was supposed to face Smith in the final, injured his shoulder and could not continue in the tournament. So while the MMA fans couldn’t see the anticipated final, they will hopefully see it happen in January as the two fighters verbally agreed to face one another in a future fight which will be a dynamite showdown.
In any case, two new stars were created in WEC and look for big things from both of these fighters, much like what happened to Mike Swick and Chris Leben once they left the WEC for the UFC.
The other featured fighter who will have a significant impact in MMA is Mike Pyle. He defeated Ceasar Gracie fighter Bret Bergmark by triangle choke at 3:36 of Round 1. He pulled off the submission in amazing fashion as the angle that he locked it on was spectacular.
Gil Castillo may retire after his fight last night with Steve Ramirez. Castillo hinted in the interview you saw on MMAWeekly TV that his win this weekend may be his last fight of his career. Castillo who fought for a UFC title against both Matt Hughes and Dave Menne, looked impressive in his TKO win over Ramirez as his expierence was just too much.
Another former UFC veteran, Vernon Tiger White came back to defeat Alex Steibling by knockout. Steibling came out quickly by putting White on his back and landing some vicious elbows to the head of White. White though came back to reverse Steibling and end the first round strong with some solid ground n pound of his own. Then once the second round sounded, just :09 seconds later, Tiger KO’s Steibling with just one shot as Vernon Tiger White looked impressive in the win.
- Scott Smith def. Tait Fletcher by TKO at 3:55 of Round 1
- Ricco Rodriguez def. Jimmy Ambriz by Submission to Strikes at 4:13 of Round 1
- Lavar Johnson def. Corey Salter by Submission to Strikes at 3:37 of Round 1
- Mike Pyle def. Bret Bergmark by Triangle Choke at 3:36 of Round 1
- Gabe Ruediger def. Sam Wells by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
- Poppies Martinez and Robert Breslin was ruled a No Contest (Martinez Kicked in Groin)
- Vernon White def. Alex Stiebling by KO at 0:09 of Round 2
- Cole Escovedo def. Joe Martin by Flying Triangle Choke at 1:05 of Round 1
- Justin Levens def. Jorge Oliveira by KO, Round 1
- Antonio Banuelos def. Ed Tomaselli by TKO at 2:25 of Round 1
- Scott Smith def. Tim McKenzie by TKO at 2:25 of Round 1
- Gil Castillo def. Steve Ramerez by TKO at 4:01 of Round 2
- Shane Carwin def. Carlton Jones by Submission to Strikes at 2:11 of Round 1
- Kenny Ento def. Charles Price by Armbar at 1:19 of Round 1
- Andrew Martinez def. Jimmy Dexter by DQ due to a Knee to the Head at 1:12 of Round 1