- WEC 34 RESULTS AND LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY

May 31, 2008
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by MMAWeekly.com LIVE
MMAWeekly.com will be bringing you full results and play-by-play from WEC 34 on Sunday night from the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.

World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion and the world’s No. 1 ranked 145-pound fighter, Urijah Faber, defends his belt in the main event against former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Jens Pulver.

The first preliminary bout is expected to begin at about 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET. The main card will be telecast live on the Versus network beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET.

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MAIN BOUTS:

-Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver

R1 – Faber scores early with an overhand right and forearm to the face. They lock up and Faber gets off a couple good knees, following with good punches from the inside. They separate and Faber’s timing is impeccable, landing brutal right hands. Pulver is firing back, but doesn’t have his range yet. Faber goes for a head kick and slips, Pulver following him down, but Faber works his way back up to standing. During an exchange, Faber inadvertently pokes Pulver in the eye, but they continue on. Faber lands a solid body shot, but Pulver fires back with a solid combination. But Faber continues to land some powerful punches, almost at will.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Faber.

R2 – Round two opens with an inadvertent kick by Faber to Pulver’s groin. They pick it back up, looking to continue with his striking attack, but shifts gears and lands a double-leg takedown, but Pulver fights his way back up to standing without suffering any damage. They start right back into the striking game, with Faber outpacing Pulver, then landing a hard shot dropping Pulver, but Pulver gets back up. And again Faber unloads on Pulver, who somehow withstands the assault and starts firing back, although looking slower. Pulver lands an uppercut and follows with a straight left. Faber takes the fight to the mat, but Pulver starts to outwork him from north-south position. They scramble out and back to their feet, and Faber starts unloading again on Pulver. With 20 seconds left Faber unloads some hard elbows, but they finish out the round.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Faber.

R3 – Faber goes for the takedown early, and lands the suplex, but Pulver gets immediately back to his feet. Faber lands straight right, but Pulver answers with a left uppercut. They continue on trading blows, and Pulver lands a body kick that looks to hurt Faber, but then Faber starts firing back with his own body kicks. He shoots to take Pulver down, but Pulver lands in top position in half-mount/guard and starts to ground and pound. They wrestle it out and Faber starts dropping big forearms from Pulver’s guard. Pulver manages to tie up Faber and get a return to standing with 45 seconds left. They finish the round on their feet without much more fireworks.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Faber.

R4 – Faber rushes Pulver but eats a hard left to the head, separates, and then starts to fire back. Faber is really starting to mix up his strikes, going to the body, then the legs, then the head. Faber lands numerous left hooks that seem to be bothering Pulver’s right eye. Faber has just been continuously busier the entire fight. Halfway through the round and Faber shoots and drags Pulver down and lands in his guard and starts landing forearms to the face and head. The round finishes with Faber firing off a couple hard forearms.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Faber.

R5 – Faber and Pulver come together and hug to start the round showing respect for each other. Then they start right back into bashing each other in the face. Faber throws a punch combination to the head, then kicks to the body and leg before Pulver lands another shot. Pulver still firing back, managing to land some hard power shots, but can’t seem to keep pace with the quickness and timing of Faber. With 1:30 left, Faber lands a hard knee to the face of Pulver, but they continue to battle on, exchanging various strikes. Faber wrestles Pulver to the ground and they finish out the fight with Faber ground and pounding. After the bell, Pulver raises Faber’s hand into the air, signaling that he felt Faber won the bout.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Faber and the fight 50-45 for Faber.

Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-44), R5

-Miguel Torres vs. Yoshiro Maeda

R1 – Torres comes out striking, slipping early, but back up and throwing lots of kicks and knees in the opening minute. Torres continues with his kicks, but gets taken down. He quickly attempts an arm lock from the bottom, but Maeda gets out and back up. Maeda continually drops his hands trying to draw Torres in, but Torres answers with kicks to the head and legs, and knees into the body. Maeda lands a couple of good shots about three minutes in, but Torres keeps firing back. They clinch and Torres lands on his back, aggressively looking for submissions, but Maeda gets up and out. Torres is bleeding, his face becoming more crimson. But Torres is still leading the action with his combinations.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Torres.

R2 – Torres starts off going right back to kicking. Maeda connects with a good punch and Torres half-slips, but gets right back up. Maeda then catches a leg and drops Torres and aggressively kicks to his legs, but Torres double-kicks Maeda off of him and stands up. Maeda calling Torres in, and Torres answers with a multiple-punch combination and follows with knees. Maeda backed to the cage, Torres works over his body with knees and starts landing uppercuts, Maeda fires back strong with punches. They fall to the ground and Maeda starts searching for leg submissions. Maeda and Torres each have toe holds locked on each other with a minute-and-a-half left. Torres gives up his hold and sits up, but Maeda elbows Torres to the face. Torres transitions and nearly lands a triangle. Back to standing they clinch on the fence and Torres locks on a guillotine, but can’t secure it as though go to the ground, Torres in mount, then transitioning to back mount with a body triangle.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Torres.

R3 – The round starts again with Torres striking, but now utilizing his reach and jab in combination with the knees. Maeda lands a good stiff jab, but doesn’t follow it and Torres unloads with a damaging three-punch combination. Maeda is firing back, but not keeping up with the pace of Torres. Maeda’s right eye is ballooning and closing. Torres is looking much fresher at this point, mixing up his striking to great effect. Maeda wrestles Torres to his back, but Torres continues to strike effectively off of his back, mixing punches and elbows, as well as heel strikes. Maeda gets back up, appearing to get frustrated. Torres continues to pick Maeda apart as the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10- 9 for Torres.

Miguel Torres def. Yoshiro Maeda by TKO (Injury Stoppage) at 5:00, R3

*Torres successfully defends his WEC Bantamweight Championship

-Mark Munoz vs. Chuck Grigsby

R1 – An All American wrestler in college, Munoz goes for takedowns early, but is defended by Grigsby, who uses his reach advantage and lands some hard strikes in the opening minute and a half. Munoz finally scores the takedown, landing in Grigsby’s guard. Munoz stands in the guard and starts to drop some heavy strikes down and dives into half guard, drops a few more shots, then passes to side control dropping down more hard shots. Continually diving past Grigsby’s guard from standing, Munoz repeats the process for a final time, landing some brutal right hands to the face that put Grigsby out of the fight.

Mark Munoz def. Chuck Grigsby by TKO (Strikes) at 4:15, R1

-Rob McCullough vs. Kenneth Alexander

R1 – After a minute of feeling out, Alexander shoots, but winds up on his back with McCullough in his guard. Back up on the feet, Alexander edges ahead by landing the occasional jab, utilizing his reach. With a minute left, they clinch briefly, then separate. McCullough lands a grazing jumping knee just before the close of the round.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Alexander.

R2 – Alexander gets a body lock and drags McCullough down, but he gets out and they start trading occasional strikes, but neither fighter seems willing to over-commit. Alexander lands a head kick midway through the round, but no follow up. Alexander lands an uppercut, but McCullough starts landing some good leg kicks. Alexander scores the takedown from the body lock and starts to ground and pound, but the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Alexander.

R3 – Much of the same in round three as each fighter lands occasionally, but neither working solid combinations. McCullough lands a superman punch and follows with a knee to the body then they clinch on the fence. About three minutes into the round, McCullough lands a knee to Alexander’s groin while they are in the clinch and action is halted. Following the break in action, Alexander lands a head kick and looping overhand right then clinch and exchange knees. McCullough lands another jumping knee. Alexander catches a kick and leg trips McCullough down, but they quickly return to their feet.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for McCullough and the fight 29-28 for Alexander.

Rob McCullough def. Kenneth Alexander by Split Decision (30-27 McCullough; 29-28 Alexander; 30-27 McCullough), R3

PRELIMINARY BOUTS:

-Danny Castillo vs. Donald Cerrone

R1- Both fighters feel each other out and Castillo gets a takedown. He drops some punches as Cerrone settles into his guard. Cerrone goes for a armbar but Castillo pulls out of danger. Cerrone again goes for an armbar and has it locked in as Castillo taps out.

Donald Cerrone def. Danny Castillo by Submission (Armbar) at 0:30, R1.

-Alex Serdyukov vs. Luis Sapo

R1- Both fighters trade kicks to start the fight. Serdyukov stalks Sapo as Sapo lands a combination. They trade shots and Sapo goes for a takedown but Serdyukov defends well. They trade some shots as Serdyukov continues to press forward with Sapo picking his shots. Sapo lands a nice combination as Serdyukov continues to press forward. Sapo slips and Serdyukov jumps on top of him and moves into side mount then mount. Serdyukov starts unloading on Sapo and the round comes to an end. They stop the fight in between rounds as Sapo is unable to continue.

Alex Serdyukov def. Luis Sapo by TKO at 5:00, R1.

-Jeff Curran vs. Mike Brown

R1- They start the fight trading shots and they clinch along the fence. They seperate and Curran lands a body kick and they clinch up again. Brown landing some knees to the body and lands a hook as they seperate. Curran lands a good flurry and they clinch against the fence again as Curran pulls guard. Brown lands a couple of elbows and Curran returns fire from his back. Brown staying busy within Curran’s guard with punches and elbows. Brown lands a nice barrage of punches as he moves into side mount. They get back to their feet and end the round clinched along the fence.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brown.

R2- Curran comes out aggressive to start the second with punches as Brown gets a takedown. Curran holding Brown and they are restarted on the feet. Curran lands a nice combination and Brown gets a takedown. Curran keeping Brown close to him, not letting him land any shots from the top. Brown is able to get loose and land a small flurry as Curran continues to be defensive. Brown moves into side mount and is dropping shots as Curran struggles to defend the shots. Curran is able to reverse out and is on top with Brown on his knees as the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brown.

R3- Both fighters trading shots on the feet with neither landing anything of note. Brown being the aggressor on the feet as Curran lands a small flurry. Curran goes for a takedown but Brown defends and they clinch along the fence. Brown is able to trip Curran to the ground and lands a barrage of strikes. Brown moves into half guard then into side mount. He lands elbows as Curran tries to use the cage to reverse him but is unsuccessful. Brown almost moves into mount but Curran is able to get him into half guard and sweep him. Brown gets to his knees and Curran is holding him in position but Brown reverses as the fight ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brown and the fight 30-27 for Mike Brown.

Mike Brown def. Jeff Curran by Unanimous Decision (All three 30-27), R3.

-Chase Beebe vs. Will Ribeiro

R1- They start to trade and they clinch, as they seperate Beebe lands a nice uppercut. They stalk each other and Ribeiro lands a nice body shot that hurts Beebe. Ribeiro lands a flying kick then catches Beebe in a guillotine choke that he escapes. Back on the feet, Ribeiro landing the cleaner shots as they exchange spinning back kicks. Beebe picks Ribeiro up and slams him down but gets his head caught in a choke. Beebe escapes and begins to drop elbows on Ribeiro. Beebe trying to move into side mount but Ribiero gets back to his feet and Ribeiro lands a nice combination. Beebe goes for a takedown and is caught in a guillotine choke but the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Ribeiro.

R2- Beebe goes for a takedown but gets his head caught again but is able to pull out. Beebe drops some punches and elbows. Beebe is able to get his back then transitions into a crucfix. Ribeiro is able to reverse positions and drops some shots from the top before standing up. Ribeiro goes for a takedown but Beebe reverses and gets his own takedown. The round ends with Beebe working some elbows.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Beebe.

R3- Ribeiro presses forward and Beebe lands some low kicks. Beebe goes for a takedown but Ribeiro defends it. Ribeiro being the aggressor on the feet. Beebe continues to land low kicks as Ribeiro charges in with a flurry. They trade and Beebe lands a nice hook but Ribeiro continues to press forward. Both fighters trading shots but not landing much as Ribeiro clinches and lands a couple of knees. Beebe goes for a takedown and is caught in a guillotine choke that he escapes. Beebe starting to get active from the top with punches and elbows as the fight ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Beebe and the fight 29-28 for Chase Beebe.

Will Ribeiro def. Chase Beebe by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3.

-Tim McKenzie vs. Jeremy Lang

R1- They start to trade as Lang picks McKenzie up and slams him down. Lang works from half guard as McKenzie tries to improve his position. Not much action as Lang is holding McKenzie down and not going for any kind of offense. McKenzie tries to get back up but is caught in a guillotine choke but he escapes and is back on his back. McKenize is able to get guard and Lang moves into half guard. Lang is holding McKenzie down as McKenzie retains guard and lands some elbows from the bottom that cut Lang. Lang lands a small flurry as the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Lang.

R2- Lang picks McKenzie up and slams him down to start the round. McKenzie gets to his knees as Lang tries to hold him down but McKenzie is finally put on his back. After a scramble on the ground, Lang goes for a rear naked choke but McKenzie escapes and once again gives up his back. McKenzie escapes and starts to unload from the top as Lang gets back up to his feet. Lang once again takes McKenzie down and holds him down. Not much action going on as Lang continues to hold McKenzie down without doing much damage. Lang stands up and drops some punches and McKenzie lands an up kick as the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Lang.

R3- McKenzie goes for a takedown but Lang defends and lands an knee to the groin as the action is halted. Action resumes and McKenzie lands a big shot that hurts Lang, who goes for a takedown but is caught in a guillotine choke. The fight is stopped as Lang passes out from the choke.

Tim McKenzie def. Jeremy Lang by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:40, R3.

-Jose Aldo vs. Alexandre Franca Nogueira

R1- They stalk each other and Nogueira goes for a takedown but Aldo defends and lands a knee. Both fighters continue to feel each other out as Aldo comes in with a flurry and Nogueira goes for a takedown but Aldo defends. Both fighters trade shots but neither is landing anything significant. Aldo continues to press forward and is being the aggressor on the fee, landing shots but nothing too powerful. Nogueira goes for a takedown but Aldo defends well and escapes. Aldo lands some kicks as the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Aldo.

R2- Nogueira goes for the takedown but Aldo is defending well and landing shots on the feet. The crowd is starting to get restless as Aldo continues to stalk Nogueira. Nogueira goes for a takedown but ends up on his back and Aldo starts to land brutal shots as Nogueira tries to pull guard. Aldo lands elbows that cut Nogueira and moves into mount as he continues to punish Nogueira as the referee steps to stop the fight.

Jose Aldo def. Alexandre Franca Nogueira by TKO at 3:22, R2.

-Charlie Valencia vs. Dominick Cruz

R1- Both fighters trade, neither landing much. Cruz lands some low kicks as Valencia goes for a combination. Valencia lands a punch then a knee but Cruz responds with a combination. Cruz lands a stinging combination but Valencia responds with a high kick. They trade and Valencia lands a nice hook and Cruz responds with a combination that hurts Valencia. Valencia goes for a takedown but Cruz defends and lands a knee that stuns Valencia and he comes in with flurry but Valencia survives. They continue to trade and Cruz finishes the round with a combination.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.

R2- Valencia lands a combination that hurts Cruz, he goes for a takedown but its defended well and they get back on their feet. They continue to trade shots but neither landing anything significant as they continue to stalk each other. They continue to trade shots but none connecting with power. Cruz goes for a takedown but Valencia defends as the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Valencia.

R3- Both fighters come out trading as they both land their shots. Cruz lands a nice combination of punches but Valencia continues coming forward. They both go for hooks but Cruz lands his with authority. They continue to trade and Valencia lands a nice hook. They stalk each other but neither fighter is landing anything of note. They clinch against the fence but seperate and Cruz lands a good combination. They continue to trade shots as the fight ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cruz and the fight 29-28 for Cruz.

Dominick Cruz def. Charlie Valencia by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

QUICK RESULTS

-Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver by Unanimous Decision, R5
-Miguel Torres def. Yoshiro Maeda by TKO (Injury Stoppage) at 5:00, R3
-Mark Munoz def. Chuck Grigsby by TKO (Strikes) at 4:15, R1
-Rob McCullough def. Kenneth Alexander by Split Decision, R3
-Donald Cerrone def. Danny Castillo by Submission (Armbar) at 0:30, R1
-Mike Brown def. Jeff Curran by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Will Ribeiro def. Chase Beebe by Split Decision, R3
-Tim McKenzie def. Jeremy Lang by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:40, R3
-Alex Serdyukov def. Luis Sapo by TKO at 5:00, R1
-Jose Aldo def. Alexandre Franca Nogueira by TKO at 3:22, R2
-Dominick Cruz def. Charlie Valencia by Unanimous Decision, R3

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