- WEC 38 RESULTS, LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY & PHOTOS

January 25, 2009
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by MMAWeekly.com LIVE
WEC 38 takes place Sunday night at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, Calif. MMAWeekly.com is on location bringing you live results, play-by-play, and photos of all the action from the night’s fights.

The main event features WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner looking to defend his title from challenger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The co-main event features a rematch between former featherweight kingpin Urijah Faber and former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver.

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The first preliminary bout is scheduled to being at approximately 3:45 p.m. PT / 6:45 p.m. ET, with the main card also televised on Versus at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET.

PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Jaime Varner vs. Donald Cerrone

R1: Both fighters start the fight cautious, neither wanting to make a mistake. They finally exchange and both land their shots. Varner lands an overhand right that hurts Cerrone and follows it up with another as Cerrone falls to his back. Varner is in Cerrone’s guard as Cerrone is looking for a triangle choke. Varner gets lose and drops some bombs and Cerrone ties him up. Varner gets loose again and starts dropping some serious punches but Cerrone is still in it. A large lump has developed on Cerrone’s forehead as the pace slows a bit. Varner drops some more bomb and Cerrone is able to get to his feet. They trade combinations and end the round stalking one another.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Varner.

R2: They stalk each other for a bit before Varner gets a takedown. Varner drops some strikes before Cerrone gets back to his feet. Cerrone throws a combination that Varner ducks. Cerrone being the aggressor on the feet but throws a kick that Varner catches and gets taken down. Varner again landing some effective ground and pound but Cerrone gets back to his feet. Cerrone stalking Varner as he throws a jab. Both fighters are picking their spots now, not wanting to make a mistake. They trade flurries as neither connect anything significant. Varner takes the fight down and Cerrone locks on a triangle choke as the round comes to the end.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Varner.

R3: The fighters hug to start the third round as the fight’s pace has slowed down. Both fighters continue to cautious as they pick their spots. Varner lands a big overhand left that hurts Cerrone. He follows it with a flurry then a takedown. Varner goes for a guillotine choke and falls back but Cerrone escapes back to his feet. The fighters are cautious again on the feet. Cerrone is starting to bleed from his left side of the face. Varner lands a nice one-two combination. They trade blows but neither landing much. varner gets a takedown but doesn’t do much as the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the fight 10-9 for Varner.

R4: Cerrone’s faces is swollen as the fighters trade blows to start the round. The pace of the fight has slowed down with both fighters picking their spots. Cerrone is being the aggressor but not by much. Varner misses a combination and Cerrone misses a kick. Neither fighter is landing anything of significance as Varner takes the fight down. Varner is picking his spots on the ground as Cerrone has a loose guard. The crowd begins to get restless as not much is happening. They are stood back up on the feet but Varner takes the fight down again. He lands a couple of shots but the fight slows down again. Varner into half guard as he lands some elbows to end the round.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Varner.

R5- They are cautious to start the round as Varner takes the fight to the ground. Varner lands some shots but Cerrone gets back to his feet. Cerrone takes the fight to the ground. Varner gets to his knees but is hit with an illegal knee, which prompts a stoppage of action. Varner is hurt bad and the fight is waived off because he can’t continue. The knee is ruled unintentional and the fight will go to the judge’s scorecards.

Jamie Varner def. Donald Cerrone by Split Decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46).

Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver

R1: Faber charges in with a push kick. They both throw kicks and Faber falls to his back but he gets back up. Faber goes for a takedown and gets it but Pulver gets back up. Faber lands a big left to the body that hurts Pulver and he follows with another. Faber going for the kill with punches and knees as Pulver drops to his knees. Faber lands a couple of punches but then locks on a guillotine choke that forces Pulver to tap.

Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:34, R1.

Danillo Villefort vs. Mike Campbell

R1: Campbell throws a kick to start the fight. Villefort returns the favor with a kick of his own. Villefort lands a nice jab but Campbell charges in and gets a takedown. He picks up Villefort and slams him, who goes for a leg lock. After some struggling Campbell escapes and gets back to his feet. Campbell drops Villefort with a punch and goes for a leg lock. Villefort is able to get on top. Campbell gets to his feet and Villefort misses a huge high kick. Villefort takes Campbell down and mounts him, dropping punches. Campbell gives up his back and is getting peppered with punches but nothing too hard. Campbell is not defending at all as Villefort continues to land punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Danillo Villefort def. Mike Campbell by TKO at 3:55, R1.

Jose Aldo vs. Rolando Perez

R1: They come out swinging and Aldo lands a hard low kick. They start to stock one another with Aldo pressuring with a jab. Aldo goes for a spinning back kick that misses as he starts to open up a bit. Neither fighter is landing anything but Aldo is being the aggressor. Perez is staring to get more comfortable as he starts to land some strikes. Aldo charges in with a combination but Perez returns fire. Aldo drops Perez with a huge knee and pounces with lighting quick punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Jose Aldo def. Rolando Perez by TKO at 4:15, R1.

Anthony Njokuani vs. Benson Henderson

R1: Both fighters come out cautious as they test the distance. Henderson lands a low kick as Njokani starts to stalk him. Henderson goes for the takedown and gets it, getting Njokuani’s back but he is unable to secure the choke as Njokuani gets back to his feet. Henderson gets another takedown with same result. Njokuani goes for an armbar but Henderson is narrowly able to get out. Henderson goes for a heel hook but Njokuani escapes to his feet. Henderson gets a takedown as Njokuani tries to get back up but Henderson puts him down again. Njokuani gets up and Henderson drops down for a takedown and picks Njokuani for a slam. The two exchange positions on the ground as the round comes to an end. Close round.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.

R2: Njokuani charges in with a combination and Henderson ducks for a takedown and gets it. Njokuani reverses but gets caught in a guillotine choke by Henderson, which forces him to tap.

Benson Henderson def. Anthony Njokuani by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:42, R2.

Hiromitsu Miura vs. Edgar Garcia

R1: Both the fighters start the fight by stalking each other. Miura landing some nice punches as Garcia starts to settle into the fight. Garcia drops Miura and is dropping some big bombs. Miura grabs a leg but is still getting lit up with punches as the referee has to come in and stop the fight.

Edgar Garcia def. Hiromitsu Miura by TKO at 1:18, R1.

Dominick Cruz vs. Ian McCall

R1: McCall charges in but Cruz lands an uppercut. They start to circle and McCall is the aggressor, landing some kicks before getting a takedown. Cruz gets back to his feet and they clinch for a bit before seperating. They trade start to trade some flurries with both fighters landing some. McCall’s left eye is swelling as Cruz lands a overhand right that drops McCall but McCall gets right back up. These two are just swinging for the fences as they both are landing strikes. Cruz is getting the better of the exchanges as he lands a jab then a high kick. The fight slows a bit but Cruz is stalking McCall as he charges in. McCall falls to the ground and as he gets up Cruz lands a solid one-two combination just as the round ends. Exciting round.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cruz

R2: Cruz still being the aggressor as he is landing much more then McCall. McCall throws a hook but is countered by Cruz with a hook of his own. The pace is slowing as the two fighters trade flurries. McCall charges in with a combination as they clinch along the fence. They seperate and Cruz begins to stalk McCall. Cruz landing some nice body kicks as McCall tries to respond with no success. Cruz lands a high kick and McCall’s left eye is starting to swell pretty badly. Cruz s just out striking McCall, who has no response for Cruz. The two fighters trade shots as the round comes to an end.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.

R3: Cruz again is simply out striking McCall. Every time that McCall charges in, Cruz responds with a hard flurry of punches and kicks. McCall catches a kick from Cruz, goes for the takedown but is denied. McCall lands a nice flurry then back outs. McCall being the aggressor in the round as he lands another flurry. Cruz starts to take control of the fight again as he lands almost at will. McCall gets a takedown but Cruz gets right back up. Cruz again lands a flurry as McCall charges in for a takedown but is stopped. Cruz is picking his shots as the fight enters its final minute. McCall goes for another unsuccessful takedown. Cruz is stalking McCall and lands a couple of shots as the fight comes to an end.

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

Dominick Cruz def. Ian McCall by Unanimous Decision (All three judges score the fight 30-27).

Scott Jorgensen vs. Frank Gomez

R1: Gomez throws a kick to start the fight. Jorgensen goes for a takedow but instead gets a guillotine choke but Gomez escapes. Jorgensen goes for another guillotine choke and cranks this one which forces Gomez to tap.

Scott Jorgensen def. Frank Gomez by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:09, R1.

Blas Avena vs. Jesse Lennox

R1: Both fighters come out aggressive, landing an array of strikes. Avena gets the plum and lands some knees as Lennox lands some punches. Avena takes him down and goes for a submission but Lennox escapes to top as Avena goes for an armbar. Lennox escapes and starts dropping elbows in side mount. Not much action happening as Lennox is content to stay on top. He finally starts to drop some strikes before getting into mount. Avena escapes and starts to drop some bombs on Lennox. Avena working Lennox over with strikes as
the round comes to an end. Close round but MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Avena.

R2: Lennox comes out swinging and he hurts Avena with a flurry, Avena tries to return fire but Lennox has him dazed. Lennox starts to unload on Avena with hard flurries as the referee finally saves Avena from further punishment.

Jesse Lennox def. Blas Avena by TKO at 0:41, R2.

Charlie Valencia vs. Seth Dikun

R1: Valencia comes out the aggressor with low kicks and punches. He lands a nice body kick as Dikun circles around. Not much action until Valencia goes for a takedown that Dikun defends well. Valencia lands a nice body shot and Dikun starts to let loose, throwing a flying knee that sees him getting taken down. Dikun gets back up and Valencia light him up with a combination and picks him up for a slam. Dikun going for an omoplata that Valencia escapes and then transitions to a heel hook that Valencia escapes. They get back to their feet and both are throwing strikes but neither finding success. They end the round stalking each other.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Valencia.

R2: Valencia lands a low kick and Dikun responds with a flurry. Dikun landing body kicks as Valencia charges in with a flurry and takes Dikun down. Dikun has Valencia in rubber guard but is able to get to his knees before Valencia goes for a guillotine choke. Dikun gets Valencia back in guard and Valencia begins to land some ground and pound. Valencia lands a nice flurry of strikes as Dikun ties him up. Valencia postures up and drops a couple of bombs. The pace slows down as Dikun throws elbows from the bottom. Dikun goes for an armbar but Valencia escapes and it gives Dikun a chance to get up as he clinches with Valencia along the fence. Dikun drops down for a kimura but Valencia escapes and grabs a guillotine choke that Dikun escapes as they end the round in guard.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Valencia.

R3: Dikun comes out aggressive in the final round but is unable to land any effective strikes. The pace slows down as both fighters are picking their shots. Valencia lands a nice body kick and another that lands on Dikun’s arm. Valencia lands a solid overhand right as the corwd roars. They trade a flurry with Valencia getting the better of the exchange. Valencia lands a nice low kick that hurts Dikun and he charges in with a flurry before taking Dikun down. Dikun goes for a leg lock but Valencia defends well, landing a couple of shots. Valenica goes down into Dikun’s guard. Dikun uses the fence to get to his knees but gets caught in a guillotine choke that he escapes. Dikun going for an armbar but Valencia escapes and starts dropping elbows from side mount. Valencia mounts Dikun and starts dropping hard elbows as the fight comes to an end.

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

Charlie Valencia def. Seth Dikun by Unanimous Decision (All three judges score the fight 30-27).

QUICK RESULTS:

Main Card Bouts:
-Jamie Varner def. Donald Cerrone by Split Decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46).
-Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:34, R1.
-Danillo Villefort def. Mike Campbell by TKO at 3:55, R1.
-Jose Aldo def. Rolando Perez by TKO at 4:15, R1.

Preliminary Bouts:
-Benson Henderson def. Anthony Njokuani by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:42, R2.
-Edgar Garcia def. Hiromitsu Miura by TKO at 1:18, R1.
-Dominick Cruz def. Ian McCall by Unanimous Decision (All three judges score the fight 30-27).
-Scott Jorgensen def. Frank Gomez by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:09, R1.
-Jesse Lennox def. Blas Avena by TKO at 0:41, R2.
-Charlie Valencia def. Seth Dikun by Unanimous Decision (All three judges score the fight 30-27).

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