January 10, 2010
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MMAWeekly.com is on location from the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. for WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson bringing you live results, play-by-play and photos in real time.

The main event is a title unification bout between champion Jamie Varner and interim titleholder Ben Henderson. Hometown hero Urijah Faber also makes his return from injury in a virtual number one contender match with Raphael Assuncao.

WEC 46 main card airs live on Versus in the United States at 9:00 PM (ET) / 6:00 PM (PT). The first preliminary bout is scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM (PT). Refresh you browser often for the latest event coverage.


-Jamie Varner vs. Ben Henderson

R1 – They take their time finding range, but Varner strikes first, scoring a takedown. Henderson immediately goes for Varner’s leg though. He gives it up and Varner locks up north-south position, putting on a guillotine choke that looks deep. They stand and Varner delivers a knee to the head, still maintaining control of the head. Henderson drops down to a knee to take away Varner’s ability to throw knees to his head. Varner shifts to throwing knees to the legs and body of Henderson. The action slows and Herb Dean stands them up. Henderson lands a kick to the body, Varner backs off reaching for his eye, and Henderson charges him. But Varner switches position and has Henderson on his knees, pushed up against the cage. Henderson gets up and they’re clinched, trading knees to the body and legs. They separate just before the bell and Henderson lands a forearm to Varner’s head.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Jamie Varner.

R2 – Henderson starts the round with a leg kick. Varner jumps in with a knee and they clinch. They separate and Henderson lands another leg kick. Varner does a nice feint with a punch, landing a head kick. Varner lands a short flurry of punches, Henderson returns fire with a leg kick. Henderson charges with a flurry ending in a side kick and punches, but gets pushed to the ground. Right back up, they start searching for a shot. Varner charges Henderson against the fence and they start exchanging knees. Henderson lands a good body kick and knee to the body just before the bell. Varner’s size is proving difficult for Henderson.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Jamie Varner.

R3 – They start off trading, but Varner quickly clinches and back Henderson to the fence. Varner separates and lands a hard left hook on the break. Henderson throwing kicks to the body, but they are mostly blocked. Varner charges in to take Henderson down with a double-leg, but Henderson jumps to a guillotine choke. Varner immediately taps out.

Ben Henderson is the undisputed WEC lightweight champion!

Ben Henderson def. Jamie Varner by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:41, R3

-Urijah Faber vs. Raphael Assuncao

R1 – Faber charges, lands a leg kick, but eats a right hand. They clinch on the fence. They separate and are back in the center of the cage. Faber charges, but they end up clinched on the fence again. Assuncao lands a good punch as they separate, and a small flurry as Faber clinches up. They separate and go back to center cage where Faber lands a couple good shots, but Assuncao kicks his legs out from under him. Faber is back up and they clinch up against the fence again. Faber separates and lands a forearm, but eats a punch combination. Back to center cage. Faber comes jumping in, but Assuncao catches him with a counter punch.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Raphael Assuncao.

R2 – Faber scores a single leg, and then a punch from standing in Assuncao’s guard. Assuncao pulls him down into guard. They’re trading blows on the ground, but Faber is in the favorable position. Assuncao tries to get up and Faber catches him in a choke, but Assuncao deftly defends and they work back to the feet. Assuncao lands a knee as the get upright, follows with a kick to the body and a punch combination. Faber landing some good single shot strikes, but not turning them into combinations. He drops Assuncao with an overhand right as the Brazilian moves in, then dives down into Assuncao’s guard, punishing him with forearms. The crowd loudly chanting, “Faber! Faber! Faber!” Assuncao briefly fires back, but again, Faber has the better position to throw powerful strikes. Assuncao searching for a submission, but Faber throwing down heavy strikes. They finish the round with Assuncao trying to get to his feet, but Faber not allowing it.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Urijah Faber.

R3 – (A thunder stomp in the crowd as the round starts) Faber gets an early takedown, but they’re right back to their feet. Assuncao shoots for the single, but Faber defends and delivers an elbow. They separate and start trading again, Faber connecting with an overhand right. Faber lands a push kick, but Assuncao kicks his leg out in counter, but then Faber drops Assuncao with a perfectly timed right hand. The crowd explodes! He drops down into Assuncao’s guard, starting his ground and pound assault. Assuncao tries to stand, Faber takes his back, sinking in a rear naked choke. Assuncao taps! The crowd in Sac-Town is deafening!!

Urijah Faber def. Raphael Assuncao by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:49, R3

-Dave Jansen vs. Kamal Shalorus

R1 – Jansen and Shalorus come out swinging, Shalorus getting the better of the earlier exchanges with a heavy right hand. Midway through the round, Jansen leaps in with an uppercut, trying to set up a takedown, but Shalorus defends well. Jansen comes in swinging and Shalorus takes him down briefly, they get back up and Shalorus lands a few hard shots, leaving Jansen looking a little shaky. Shalorus is provig to be the more accurate and heavy-handed striker of the two, the wear and tear starting to show on Jansen’s face. They exchange again and Shalorus drops Jansen to his knees, but the wrestler guts it out and quickly stands back up to finish the round.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Kamal Shalorus.

R2 – They start off without skipping a beat, trading punches. Shalorus still looks to be the stronger of the two, Jansen mostly searching for an opening now. Jansen tries a kick, but eats a counter left jab. Shalorus follows up with some hard combinations. He’s slowing down a bit, but Shalorus is still out-striking Jansen. Shalorus then scores a takedown, but Jansen is back on his feet right away and lands a knee to the body. Jansen lands her first solid offensive attack, clubbing Shalorus down to his knees. But he’s back up immediately and they start trading blows again. Jansen has much more bounce in his step than Shalorus now, who is mostly flat-footed. Jansen attempts a takedown to close the round, but gets stuffed.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Kamal Shalorus.

R3 – Shalorus lands an overhand right that stuns Jansen momentarily. Jansen lands a knee to the body and follows with a kick to the body, but gets dropped with a counter right hand. He’s right back up, trading blows, though. Shalorus lands a couple hard jabs and follows with a low kick that staggers Jansen. It almost seems to have deflated Jansen. Shalorus is digging deep at this point to, but scoops a single leg and takes Jansen down. They’re quickly back up trading blows. Jansen attempts a takedown, but doesn’t get it. With little more than a minute left, Shalorus again scores the single leg takedown. He finishes the round outwrestling Jansen.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Kamal Shalorus.

Kamal Shalorus def. Dave Jansen by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), R3

-Mike Brown vs. Anthony Morrison

R1 – Morrison opens, kicking away at the legs and body of Brown. Brown clinches and wrestles Morrison to the mat, puts him in a crucifix position, and starts hammering away. Morrison escapes, but Brown quickly reverses, takes mount, and then Morrison’s back, locking on a fight-ending rear naked choke.

Mike Brown def. Anthony Morrison by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:54, R1

-Mackens Semerzier vs. Deividas Taurosevicius

R1 – Taurosevicius throws one punch and shoots, eventually scooping Semerzier and throwing him to the mat. He drops down into Semerzier’s guard and quickly passes to side control, starting a ground and pound attack. Semerzier locks on, but they stand up and separate. Taurosevicius again goes for the takedown, but Semerzier locks on a guillotine choke. Taurosevicius escapes when they hit the mat, but Semerzier locks on full guard. The pace slows and they are stood up. Taurosevicius quickly shoots again, but they end up clinched on the cage.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Deividas Taurosevicius

R2 – Semerzier opens with a strong left leg kick. He’s pushing the pace more, trying to get his striking going. He lands a head kick and attempts a knee, but gets caught and tossed to the ground. Semerzier is quickly back up, tossed down again, and then back up, clinched from behind. Taurosevicius takes him down again, but nearly gets caught in a triangle, then omo plata. Taurosevicius dives back into Semerzier’s guard, eating an up-kick on the way in. Taurosevicius starts pounding away with some heavy forearms and hammerfists, and finishes out the round on top.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Deividas Taurosevicius

R3 – Good overhand right by Semerzier, followed by a thunderous body kick. He goes high with a kick, but Taurosevicius catches it. Semerzier won’t go down though, nearly securing a guillotine choke. They clinch and exchange knees to the body, separate, and then Taurosevicius shoots again. Semerzier defends and nearly secures a Kimura shoulder lock, but Taurosevicius secures a leg and nearly gets what appears to be a kneebar. Semerzier gets up to his feet and starts dropping down hammerfists and punches, landing some good body shots. He drops down with a flurry of hammerfists, nearly passes to side before getting put back in guard. He then passes to side control. Taurosevicius gets out of side control, but gets caught in a deep guillotine choke. He pops his head out and works briefly from top position in Semerzier’s full guard as the round ends.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Mackens Semerzier

Deividas Taurosevicius def. Mackens Semerzier by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3

-Akitoshi Tamura vs. Charlie Valencia

R1 – Both fighters come out slinging kicks, Valencia with more zip and zest. Valencia counters kick with a good punch combination followed by a knee to the body two minutes into the round, then they’re quickly back to trading kicks again and Valencia takes a shot to the groin. Time is called for him to recover. Back at it, Valencia is a ball of fire, gunning for Tamura’s head with a kick and punch combination. Tamura drags him down, locking on a triangle choke as they get to the mat. It appears tight, but Valencia is defending as Tamura drives elbows into his skull. Valencia picks Tamura up and slams his way out of the triangle, then unloads a flurry of bombastic punches just before the round ends.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Akitoshi Tamura.

R2 – They start trading kicks again, although at a much slower pace than the first round. Tamura clinches, to Valencia’s back, climbing on and locking on a body triangle. He’s going for the choke, but Valencia is still standing, leaning against the cage and defending the choke. Tamura is continually punching and trying to angle an arm in under Valencia’s neck, but Valencia is doing just as well defending. With 30 seconds left in the round, Tamura appears to have secured the choke, Valencia dropping to his knees, but not submitting, riding it out to the bell.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Akitoshi Tamura.

R3 – They start off again trading blows, but this time Valenica is punching more and finding his mark. Valencia lands a decent body kick, then follows with a right hand to the body. He lands a punch combination to the head that downs Tamura, follows him to the mat, but can’t finish. Tamura gets back up, firing back at Valencia. Valencia lands a stinging jab that snaps Tamura’s head back, but they continue trading blows. Valencia wings a looping right hook to the body and follows with an overhand right. Tamura gutting it out, trying to find some offense. Valencia finishes the round with strong body work and a flurry of punches.

MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Charlie Valencia.

Charlie Valencia def. Akitoshi Tamura by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3

-Wagnney Fabiano vs. Clint Godfrey

R1 – Godfrey looks anxious, Fabiano almost lethargic. Godfrey shoots, but Fabiano sprawls out, puts Godfrey on his back, and quickly moves to a half guard/mount. Godfrey fights frantically to maintain half guard, not allowing Fabiano to pass to full mount. Fabiano stands and dives down, trying to get the mount, but Godfrey manages to keep putting Fabiano into half guard. Fabiano manages full guard as the 10-seconds-left clacker sounds, but can’t do anything with it as the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Wagnney Fabiano.

R2 – Fabiano lands a couple solid right, Godfrey shoots, and then gets clinched and tossed for his efforts. Fabiano traps Godfrey’s right arm with his legs and starts pounding away at his face, but somehow Godfrey manages to reverse position into Fabiano’s full guard. Fabiano quickly counters, taking top position and passing to full mount. Fabiano intermittently drops down a forearm, but seems to be trying to set up a submission. After a couple of minutes, Godfrey manages to put him back into full guard then referee Herb Dean stands them up. Fabiano shoots with 30 seconds left in the round, but Godfrey defends as they ride out the round.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Wagnney Fabiano.

R3 – the fight hits the mat early, Godfrey locking on a guillotine choke, but Fabiano has an arm in, not in any real trouble. He escapes and takes a half guard/mount position. Fabiano moves briefly to full mount, dropping down a few punches, but quickly gets put back in half guard. Referee Herb Dean stands them up. Godfrey shoots, Fabiano going down to all fours, and then back up, Fabiano trying to take Godfrey down. They scramble, Fabiano landing in half mount, throwing shots to the body that aren’t doing any damage.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Wagnney Fabiano.

Wagnney Fabiano def. Clint Godfrey by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3

-Mark Hominick vs. Brian Caraway

R1 – After a brief feeling out process, Caraway shoots a double-leg takedown and puts Hominick on his back, immediately looking to pass guard, but Hominick defends well with his butterfly guard. Caraway changes tactics, standing in guard and dropping down right hands, more than a few finding their mark. Caraway continued to attack, but Hominick attempted a sweep, which Caraway defended, but he left his arm in and Hominick latched on for the fight ending armbar.

Mark Hominick def. Brian Caraway by Submission (Armbar) at 3:48, R1

-George Roop vs. Eddie Wineland

R1 – Roop obviously has the height and reach advantage, but Wineland consistently cuts away at the reach with his ducking overhand right, a couple of which rocked Roop, sending him staggering backwards. Roop is searching for an opening, but Wineland is doing a good job staying out of range, moving in at opportune moments, consistently landing the overhand right. Roop lands a couple low kicks, but nice Ali-esque head movement from Wineland.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Wineland.

R2 – Roop keeps trying to find his range, but Wineland keeps bobbing and weaving, throwing terrific counter punches that are landing. Wineland’s speed is visibly wearing on Roop. Roop tries a spinning kick combination that misses, then eats a hard right hand from Wineland for his trouble. Still moving well defensively, Wineland seems to be missing a lot in the second half of the round, but Roop isn’t landing much either, his mouth agape.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Wineland.

R3 – Still showing good head movement, Wineland tries to establish his jab, but can’t really get it going and goes back to the overhand rights, missing with most, but then lands a straight right that drops Roop. Roop quickly recovers and gets back to his feet, Wineland chasing him. Roop throws a knee that doesn’t really land, but it slows Wineland down. They’re back in center ring, trading punches, but most of them are missing their mark. Both continue searching for that one big shot, but can’t find it as the round closes out.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Wineland.

Eddie Wineland def. George Roop by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3

-Will Campuzano vs. Coty Wheeler

R1 – Wheeler shoots early, but Campuzano sprawls out. Campuzano is holding center ring, looking comfortable, finding the range with his hands. Wheeler is moving in and out with low kicks. Wheeler keeps moving in, but is eating some hard punch combinations. Campuzano launches a flying knee, but Wheeler catches him with a punch to the body in mid-air. Campuzano keeps coming with jumping knees, but Wheeler catches one and takes him down, but misses with the leg lock. They get back to their feet and start trading, but Campuzano still seems to be landing the more accurate and harder shots. Wheeler appears to be bleeding from the bridge of his nose. Wheeler catches another kicks as the round is winding down, but eats several shots to face before going to his back. Campuzano lands some brutal ground and pound before the bell sounds.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Campuzano.

R2 – The round starts off with a kick to the groin by Wheeler. The referee calls time for Campuzano to recover. Wheeler misses with a spinning backfist, but lands a couple knees to the body. They clinch up and Wheeler jumps to a guillotine choke, pulling Campuzano to the ground. Campuzano remains composed and escapes, immediately landing some hard ground and pound shots before allowing Wheeler to stand back up. Wheeler lands a hard low kick that moves Campuzano and follows with a right hand. He misses with a spinning back kick and Campuzano takes him down, landing a brutal right hand then following with another ground and pound attack. Wheeler goes for a submission but they break apart and stand. Wheelers face is quickly becoming a crimson mask. Campuzano lands a straight right that staggers Wheeler and ends the round with successive head kicks, but Wheeler won’t go down.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-8 for Campuzano.

R3 – Wheeler lands an overhand right, but eats a right hand-knee to the body combination. Wheeler looking tired, but showing lots of heart. Campuzano landing two to every one of Wheeler’s shots. Wheeler squinting with his right eye; definitely having trouble seeing out of that eye. Wheeler gasping for air with his mouth wide open. Campuzano maintaining center ring and landing short combinations, almost at will. Wheeler shoots, but Campuzano defends and lays down a battering of hammerfists. Wheeler persists and gets Campuzano to his back, but Campuzano escapes and they’re back on their feet. Wheeler shoots and eats a knee from Campuzano, who follows with several more jumping knees to end the round. Gutsy performance by Wheeler, but it was all Campuzano as the fight wore on.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-8 for Campuzano

Will Compuzano def. Coty Wheeler by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)


WEC 46 Main Bouts:
-Ben Henderson def. Jamie Varner by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:41, R3
-Urijah Faber def. Raphael Assuncao by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:49, R3
-Kamal Shalorus def. Dave Jansen by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), R3
-Mike Brown def. Anthony Morrison by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:54, R1
-Deividas Taurosevicius def. Mackens Semerzier by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3

WEC 46 Preliminary Bouts:
-Charlie Valencia def. Akitoshi Tamura by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Wagnney Fabiano def. Clint Godfrey by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Mark Hominick def. Brian Caraway by Submission (Armbar) at 3:48, R1
-Eddie Wineland def. George Roop by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Will Compuzano def. Coty Wheeler by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27), R3

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