It was a night with some of the favorites winning and some upsets. With a much anticipated title bout between Scott Smith and Justin Levens. Levens and Smith lived up to the hype.
Levens, a Marco Ruas student, stunned Smith immediately, dropping Smith with a right hand in the first 10 seconds of the fight. Smith was in big trouble, but instinctively got the takedown and recovered very quickly. A very technical battle ensued as both fighters were working in the clinch battling for position. After some amazing transitions, it was Scott, catching Levens out of the clinch with a left hook that dropped Levens. Levens was out on the way down and woke up when he hit the canvas.
When Levens came to, Smith pounced on him and greeted him with a right-left combination that immediately knocked out Levens in one of the most brutal knockouts in WEC history. Smith holds on to his WEC Light Heavyweight Championship belt for a fight that was one for the ages in WEC. Yes, both of these fighters definitely deserve to be at the next level as they are the future of the sport.
Remember the name Mike Pyle. This guy is a skinnier version of Georges St. Pierre. He has plenty of tools and weapons and will be a beast in the 170 pound division. He took out Shonie Carter early in the first round with a triangle choke. Pyle dominated the former champion punishing him standing as well as on the ground. Pyle retains his crown and still has two more fights left on his WEC deal.
The first upset of the night came in the Mike Kyle vs Devon Cole bout. The match started with Devon getting a takedown and working some ground n pound. Cole took Kyle’s back but Kyle escaped. Devon got another takedown and cut Mike Kyle. At the end of round one, Devon Cole was winning and round two began with Cole getting another takedown. He mounted Kyle and worked more ground n pound. Mike Kyle taped out due to punches at 2:56 in round two. Devon Cole getting a huge win over Mike Kyle.
In what was Nick Ertle’s retirement match, Ertle came out looking to do damage with big shots, but Crunkilton got the takedown and worked some ground n pound. Crunkilton was throwing heavy shots down on Ertle and cut Ertle near the end of the round. Round one was over with Crunkilton looking to be in control. He even threw a spinning back fist and an axe kick in that round. Round two began with Crunkilton throwing a kick to the body and then getting a takedown where we did a good share of ground n pound. Referee Herb Dean stepped in and stopped the fight after some nasty elbows from Crunkilton. Crunkilton wins by ref stoppage due to strikes at 3:55 of round two.
The favored Chris Lytle beat Savant Young by TKO in round 1.
Vernon ‘Tiger’ White defeated Jason Guida. White bloodied Jason in the first round and the fight was stopped in the second due to bleeding from the nose and above the left eyebrow.
The Lavar Johnson vs Brian Olsen match ended in an unusual way as they squared off for the WEC Heavyweight title. The first round was back and forth and at 2:14 of round 2, Lavar landed a nice knee, but fell to the ground and tapped out. He apparently injured his knee when he landed it on Olsen. Olsen wins by tapout due to injury.