MMAWeekly is on location from the Arco Arena for Sunday night’s WEC 41 “Brown vs. Faber 2″ in Sacramento, Calif., bringing you live results and round-by-round play-by-play.
The main event pits the top two featherweights in the world against each other in a highly anticipated rematch. WEC featherweight champion and No. 1 ranked Mike Brown defends against Urijah Faber, the No. 2 ranked featherweight and the man that Brown won the belt from last November.
The first preliminary bout is scheduled to being at 6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT, and the main card, which airs live on Versus, begins at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.
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WEC 41 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
-Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber
R1: Faber starts the fight with a kick. He throws a hook that misses and Brown clinches with him along the fence. They seperate and the crowd is going wild. Faber lands a straight right that gets the crowd going. Brown misses a huge hook and Faber lands another right. Brown goes for a takedown and gets it after some struggling. He gets Faber’s back but Faber gets to his feet. Brown lands a big knee. They clinch and Faber lands a couple of knees before they seperate. Faber staying busy on the feet as he tags Brown. He goes for a kick and falls on his back, Brown goes for an anaconda choke but escapes. Brown has Faber’s head caught but Faber gets back to his feet as the round ends. Close Round.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Faber.
R2: Brown miss a combination to start the round, Faber waiting for his moment. Brown partially lands a head kick that doesn’t faze Faber. Fighters being cautious, not wanting to make a mistake. Brown lands a combination and takes Faber down. Brown is side mount but Faber scrambles to his knees. Brown tries to get Faber’s back and that lets Faber get back to his feet. Brown lands a couple of punches before taking it to the ground. Faber reverses out and back to his feet. Faber lands a couple of knees as they seperate. Brown misses a combination as Faber uses his speed to get out of the way. Brown muscles Faber to the cage and lands a nice combination as they seperate. The round ends with fighters stalking each other.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brown.
R3: Brown misses a pair of hooks to start the round. Faber lands a knee then a punch. He goes for a takedown but is caught in a guillotine choke. Faber escapes but Brown is now on top. Brown is all over Faber on the ground but Faber gets back to his feet. Faber lands an elbow then a knee. Brown is pressing the fight as he clinches with Faber along the fence. Brown goes for a takedown but Faber defends and gets on top. Brown goes for a leg lock but Faber gets back to his feet. Faber lands a kick but Brown lands a straight right. Brown clinches the fight along the fence and drops for a takedown as the round comes to an end.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Faber.
R4: Faber lands a body kick to start the round and lands a punch as Brown clinches up. They seperate in the middle of the cage. Brown lands a good combination against the fence. Brown starting to find his mark on the feet with strikes. Brown misses a hook and Faber circles out. The cinch for a brief moment before seperate. Brown is finding his mark as Faber seems to have hurt his right hand. He is only throwing elbows and not punches as Brown lands with more power. They finish the round clinched along the fence.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brown
R5: Faber lands a left to start the round. Faber lands a couple of shots as he gets busy in the final round. Brown gets a takedown but Faber gets back to his feet. Brown lands a nice left hook. Faber then lands one of his own. They are clinched along the fence and Faber locks on a guillotine but Brown slams his way out of it. Faber is able to get back to his feet and Brown is stalking Faber. Brown gets a takedown but Faber gets back to his feet. Brown lands shots while they are clinched. Faber locks on a guillotine but Brown is able to escape after some struggling. Brown slams Faber to the ground but Faber gets back up and Brown gets the takedown as the fight ends. Close Round.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brown and the fight 48-47 for Brown.
Mike Brown def. Urijah Faber by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47), R5.
-Cub Swanson vs. Jose Aldo
R1: Aldo lands a flying knee that drops Swanson, he lands a couple of punches and the fight is stopped.
Jose Aldo def. Cub Swanson by TKO at 0:08, R1.
-James Krause vs. Donald Cerrone
R1: Krause starts the figth with a low kick then goes for a takedown but Cerrone defends well. They trade kicks before Krause gets the takedown. Cerrone goes for an omoplata but Krause escapes. Back on the feet and Krause gets another takedown but is caught in an omoplata and is reversed. Cerrone on top now but they get back to their feet. Cerrone looks crisp on his feet as Krause goes for another takedown but gets his head caught in a guillotine choke, that Cerrone uses to knee him. Cerrone drops him with a right and gets his back instead pounding on him. Krause is able to stay out of trouble as Cerrone peppers him with punches. He locks on the choke and Krause taps.
Donald Cerrone def. James Krause by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:38, R1.
-Josh Grispi vs. Jens Pulver
R1: Both fighters throw kicks to start the fight and Pulver goes for a takedown but is caught in a guillotine choke. He struggles for a bit but Grispi tightens it up and forces Pulver to tap.
Josh Grispi def. Jens Pulver by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:33, R1.
-John Franchi vs. Manny Gamburyan
R1: Gamburya presses the action early and gets a takedown. He pushes Franchi against the cage and starts to work with strikes. He lands a couple of strikes and falls back for a leg lock but Franchi escapes and ends up on top. Gamburyan has a hold of an arm and goes for an armbar but Franchi defends it. Franchi escapes but soon finds himself on his back again. Gamburyan working from top with stirkes but they are stood back up. Neither fighter asserting himself on the feet as they circle around one another until Gamburyan goes for a takedown. Franchi defends and the end the round clinched along the fence.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan.
R2: They stalk one another to start the round until Gamburyan attacks with a combination that drops Franchi. He pounces in him but is unable to finish him as Franchi survives. Franchi throws his legs up for an armbar and Gamburyan defends and lands a ton of stinging punches. Gamburyan controlling the fight with some solid ground and pound. They are stood up even though Gamburyan was working. They trade shots and Franchi lands an uppercut on Gamburyan’s groin, forcing a stop to the action. Action restarts, Franchi lands a nice combination as Gamburyan goes for a takedown. Franchi defends and they trade shots before Gamburyan gets a takedown. Gamburyan lands some decent ground and pound. He stands in Franchi’s guard and drops a couple of punches and ends the round in Franchi’s guard.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan.
R3: They two fighters trade shots to start the round but quickly find themselves on the ground. Gamburyan is on top and lands a series of solid punches. Franchi throwing punches from the bottom but Gamburyan responds with harder punches. Franchi starting to use rubber guard but Gamburyan stands up and dives back into Franchi’s guard with a punch. Gamburyan stands up again and lands a series of low kicks before diving back into Franchi’s guard. After some punches, Gamburyan stands back up and starts to taunt Franchi, who lies on his back doing nothing. The same thing plays out again but Gamburyan lands a super man punch and bloodies Franchi with punches as the fight comes to an end.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan and the fight 30-27 for Gamburyan.
Manny Gamburyan def. John Franchi by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all three judges cards), R3.
-Kyle Dietz vs. Rafael Rebello
R1: Dietz comes out guns blazing but Rebello gets him in a muay thai plum to prevent damage. Rebello is able to get the fight on the ground and tries to pass but Dietz’s gets to his knees. Rebello catches his head but then lets go and gets his back. Rebello locks in the choke and forces Dietz to tap.
Rafael Rebello def. Kyle Dietz by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:55, R1.
-Anthony Pettis vs. Mike Campbell
R1: Campbell goes for a takedown but is caught in a guillotine choke. He escapes but is soon caught in an armbar. He is narrowly able to escape and gets on top, landing a couple of punches. He tries to pass guard but gets caught in a triangle choke, Pettis adjusts it after some struggling from Campbell and gets the tap from Campbell.
Anthony Pettis def. Mike Campbell by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:49, R1.
-Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen
R1: They trade and Banuelos lands a nice combination that forces Jorgensen to retreat. They clinch up in the center of the cage and Banuelos gets a takedown. Jorgensen is able to get back to his feet and they are clinched again before seperating. Banuelos looks the crisper of the two on the feet as he tags Jorgensen. They trade and both fighters land some nice shots. they clinch along the fence. They seperate again and Jorgensen lands a head kick then goes for a takedown and lands a hook. Banuelos lands another combination and they clinch again. They seperate as the round comes to an end.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Banuelos.
R2: Banuelos starts the round with a combination and follows it up with another. They clinch up and Banuelos goes for a takedown but Jorgensen defends it. Jorgensen lands a nice elbow on the feet as they seperate. They trade shots as Jorgensen lands a couple uppercuts. They clinch up again but seperate shortly after. Jorgensen starting to land some better shots on the feet as he is starting to stalk Banuelos. He lands a nice combination and follows it up with a big knee. They continue to trade and both fighters land shots as the round comes to an end. Very close round.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Jorgensen.
R3: Jorgensen continues to stalk Banuelos and hurts him with a combination that forces him to go for a takedown. Jorgensen locks on a guillotine but Banuelos gets out and they are back on their feet. Jorgensen landing some clean shots and Banuelos returns fire but doesn’t land much. Jorgensen starting to get the bettter of Banuelos on the feet. He is landing hard shots that cut Banuelos under his left eye. Banuelos is starting to tire very quickly. He goes for a takedown but Jorgensen defends and circles to his back. Jorgensen is now top and is landing some big shots, he goes for a guillotine choke but Banuelos escapes. Jorgensen stands over Banuelos as the fight comes to an end.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Jorgensen and the fight 29-28 for Jorgensen.
Antonio Banuelos def. Scott Jorgensen by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3.
The crowd boos the decision very loudly.
-Noah Thomas vs. Frank Gomez
R1: Thomas starts the fight with low kicks but is met with a straight right from Gomez. They trade shots and Gomez hurts Thomas, he lands a couple of knees as Thomas goes for a takedown. They are clinched along the cage as Thomas trying to get the fight on the ground. Thomas falls to his back and Gomez follows him down. Gomez landing some nice ground and pound, while Thomas works from his guard. Gomez landing some good elbows. Gomez lands a big elbow that opens a huge cut on Thomas. Gomez continues to punish Thomas as the round comes to an end.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gomez.
R2: Gomez goes for a flying knee to start the round but Thomas avoids it and clinches with him along the fence. Thomas falls to his back and Gomez follows him down. Gomez continues his ground and pound attack as he has Thomas bloodied again. Thomas trying to go for armbars but Gomez is keeping his elbows tight. Gomez moves into side mount and gets a side choke, he locks it on and forces Thomas to tap.
Frank Gomez def. Noah Thomas by Submission (Side Choke) at 3:12, R2.
-Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez
R1: Both fighters trade but neither lands anything to start the round. Perez starts to get the better of the exchanges and Dikun goes for a flying triangle choke. Perez seems to be struggling but is holding on, Dikun still has it locked on and after some readjusting by Dikun, forces Perez to tap.
Seth Dikun def. Rolando Perez by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:30, R1.
WEC 41 QUICK RESULTS:
WEC 41 MAIN CARD (on Versus)
-Mike Brown def. Urijah Faber by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47), R5.
-Jose Aldo def. Cub Swanson by TKO at 0:08, R1.
-Donald Cerrone def. James Krause by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:38, R1.
-Josh Grispi def. Jens Pulver by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:33, R1.
WEC 41 PRELIMINARY CARD
-Manny Gamburyan def. John Franchi by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all three judges cards), R3.
-Rafael Rebello def. Kyle Dietz by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:55, R1.
-Anthony Pettis def. Mike Campbell by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:49, R1.
-Antonio Banuelos def. Scott Jorgensen by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3.
-Frank Gomez def. Noah Thomas by Submission (Side Choke) at 3:12, R2.
-Seth Dikun def. Rolando Perez by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:30, R1.