It was the end of an era for World Extreme Cagefighting, but a new beginning for Mark Munoz. The undefeated Munoz stayed that way on Wednesday night defeating Ricardo Barros by TKO in the opening round. Their bout was the final light heavyweight contest for the promotion, as the WEC now plans to focus on the welterweight division and below.
The win over Barros at WEC 37 solidifies Munoz’ move to the talent laden UFC 205-pound division.
As Munoz exits to the UFC, former International Fight League (IFL) star Bart Palaszewski put an exclamation point on his WEC entrance on Wednesday night. He weathered a tough opening round to come back and TKO Ultimate Fighter alumnus Alex Karalexis midway through round two.
Johny Hendricks and Diego Nunes also made successful debuts at WEC 37. Cub Swanson returned to the promotion after a one-fight hiatus, earning a unanimous decision over tough Japanese fighter Hiroyuki Takaya. And Shane Roller made his second start for the WEC, upping his professional record to 5-1.
-Johny Hendricks def. Justin Haskins by TKO (Strikes) at 0:52, R2
-Mark Munoz def. Ricardo Barros by TKO (Strikes) at 2:26, R1
-Diego Nunes def. Cole Province by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Bart Palaszewski def. Alex Karalexis by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 1:11, R2
-Cub Swanson def. Hiroyuki Takaya by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Shane Roller def. Mike Budnik by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:01, R1