by MMAWeekly.com LIVE World Extreme Cagefighting on Thursday makes its first foray into Colorado for WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield.
WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his belt against Manny Gamburyan in the main event with former lightweight champ Jamie Varner rematching Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a co-main event grudge match.
MMAWeekly.com is live at cageside to bring full round-by-round action and photos from the entire event. The first preliminary bout is scheduled to start at approximately 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET with the main card live on Versus at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.
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WEC 51 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
MANNY GAMBURYAN VS. JOSE ALDO
R1 – Gamburyan lands a solid jab that staggers Aldo, but he immediately recovers and finds his range with a knee to the body. About a minute and half into the fight and Aldo starts landing that chopping leg kick, but is using it sparingly. Gamburyan is using a lot of movement, trying to make himself a hard target, and has for the better part of the round, but also has mounted much of his own offense either. Aldo lands another solid leg kick, staggering Gamburyan with just under a minute left in the round. Gamburyan shoots at the 10-second clacker, but gets nowhere with it.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Aldo
R2 – Aldo moves in, feinting a kick, but eats an overhand right counter. A few moments later and he lands another thunderous leg kick. Aldo catches Gamburyan with an uppercut as he shoots for a takedown, dropping him to the mat. He follows Gamburyan down, takes his back and pounds him into unconsciousness.
Jose Aldo def. Manny Gamburyan by KO (Punches) at 1:33, R2
DONALD CERRONE VS. JAMIE VARNER
R1 – Cerrone storms across the ring, but Varner immediately clinches. Cerrone separates and starts throwing heavy blows. Varner backs away and Cerrone flies at him with a jumping knee that misses. Cerrone isn’t starting slow in this one folks. He catches Varner with a solid left hook, right leg kick combination. Varner moves in with punches and a takedown attempt, but Cerrone shucks it off. Varner moves in and Cerrone slings him to the mat, but Varner is immediately back to his feet. Varner connects with a solid right-left combination that snaps Cerrone’s head back, but Cerrone keeps coming forward. Varner catches Cerrone with a solid left hook, but Cerrone fires back in short combinations. Cerrone drops Varner with a left jab, but can’t amass much damage before they’re back on their feet and in a flurry before the bell.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Cerrone
R2 – A couple good exchanges to start off the round. Varner looks like he’s gaining confidence in his boxing, but each time he gets it going Cerrone answers with a punch-kick combination. Varner lands a strong overhand right, but Cerrone shoots and takes him down. Varner latches on to a guillotine, but Cerrone quickly jumps to side control. Good move by Varner to escape to his feet, but eats a head kick from Cerrone. Cerrone lands a jumping knee to the body and follows with a punch combination. They dance around for a bit before Cerrone lands a leg kick that nearly takes Varner’s leg out from under him and leaves him staggered. Varner has blood around his left eye and looks extremely tired. He shoots, but Cerrone easily shakes it off and raises his arms, playing to the hometown crowd.
MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Cerrone
R3 – Varner looks to have recovered a bit between rounds, but Cerrone looks like he’s figured out the timing on Varner’s punches, evading nearly everything he throws, answering back with his own combinations that are landing. Varner does land a good one-two combination, but Cerrone stays with him and answers back with a mixed bag of strikes, including some strong knees to the body. Varner’s face is becoming a bloody mess. Cerrone lands a head kick and then follows with a takedown, ground and pounding from Varner’s guard, driving punches and elbows to the head. Varner somehow manages to scramble and get back to his feet. As much as Cerrone appears to be winning this fight, Varner has should tremendous heart, digging deep to try and finish this fight. Varner’s tank is just about on “E,” while Cerrone is still going, landing his patented punch-kick combination. There’s a little bit of pushing after the bell, but nothing too serious before they separate.
MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Cerrone and the fight 30-27 for Cerrone
Donald Cerrone def. Jamie Varner by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
CHARLIE VALENCIA VS. MIGUEL TORRES
R1 – Both fighters spend the first half of the round trying to find a good striking distance before Torres rushes in with a flurry that hurts Valencia a bit. He presses Valencia to the cage briefly before they return to the center of the cage, each fighter searching for an opening. Valencia takes a low blow that halts the action. They restart, and after a long lull, Torres rushes in and knocks Valencia to the ground, pouring down punches, but can’t finish before the bell.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Torres
R2 – Valencia lands a jumping round kick to the head to start the round, but it doesn’t have much impact. Torres rocks Valencia with a right hand, follows up with a kick, and then follows him down to the mat. Valencia gets up and Torres drives him back down with knee. Torres follows and works to Valencia’s back, locking on a body triangle. He peppers him with punches before securing a fight-ending rear naked choke.
Miguel Torres def. Charlie Valencia by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:25, R2
GEORGE ROOP VS. CHAN SUNG JUNG (aka The Korean Zombie)
R1 – Zombie takes command of the center of the cage, moving Roop around. He lands a few good leg kicks early, but Roop is using his reach well, tagging Zombie with his jab and a few leg kicks of his own. They trade a few shots before Zombie presses Roop into the cage, but Roop reverses and they separate, again working their way around the cage. Towards the end of the round, Zombie breaks through with a strong punch combination, but recovers quickly.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Roop
R2 – Roop getting his jab going more this round and lands a high kick, but Zombie has a good flurry that had Roop in trouble briefly. Roop does a great job using his range in the round, getting his kicks going, and then out of nowhere lands a left kick to the head flush that floors Zombie. The Korean is out cold on the mat, referee Tom Johnson stepping in before Roop can follow him down. Zombie is motionless on the mat for several minutes before finally sitting up.
George Roop def. Chan Sung Jung by KO (High Kick) at 1:30, R2
MARK HOMINICK VS. LEONARD GARCIA
R1 – Garcia headhunting right away with the high kicks. Both fighters throwing early, but Garcia edging ahead in the first minute or so, a little busier and landing more. Hominick is patiently stalking Garcia though, moving him around the ring and stinging him with a few well-timed jabs. Midway through the round and Garcia is really pushing the pace. Hominick keeps pressing back with the jab, while Garcia is swinging for the fences, rocking Hominick on occasion. Garcia lands a solid leg kick, but eats a hard right hand at the end of the round.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Garcia
R2 – Garcia comes out firing again, looking to get his jab going, but still swinging high. Hominick is more accurate with his punches, while Garcia is busier. This could pay off for Hominick if Garcia starts to tire and get sloppy. Hominick doing a much better job of avoiding Garcia’s strikes and landing his own about midway through the round, picking up his own pace quite a bit. Hominick really starting to utilize his speed in the last minute, stinging Garcia with punches, and using good head movement to avoid any punishment.
MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Hominick
R3 – Garcia attacking early again, mixing up his power punches to the body and head and throwing in kicks. Hominick remaining patient though; not getting into a slugfest, content to pick and choose his shots. Garcia keeps pressing though, diving into his punches. Much like round two, Hominick starts to pick away at Garcia, staying away from his power shots and countering when Garcia over-commits. Garcia’s face starting to swell up as the fight winds down. Hominick continues to pick away as Garcia goes all-in on every punch to the bell.
MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Hominick and the fight 29-28 for Hominick
Mark Hominick def. Leonard Garcia by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
PABLO GARZA VS. TIEQUAN ZHANG
R1 – They clinch early and Garza drags Zhang to the mat. Zhang stands up and locks on an arm-in guillotine briefly, but gives it up and tries to get some ground and pound going. Garza climbs his back with his legs, looking for an armbar. Zhang pulls out and passes to half guard, again putting on a guillotine choke. He rolls to his back and locks the choke, causing a quick tap from Garza.
Tiequan Zhang def. Pablo Garza by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:26, R1
COLE PROVINCE VS. MIKE BROWN
R1 – After a few brief exchanges, Brown drops Province with an uppercut. He follows him to the mat, where Province is covered up, Brown firing away until the referee, Eric Heinz, steps in to stop it. To be fair, Province looked like he was defending, lifting his feet up to try and put some distance between them, but the fight was stopped.
Mike Brown def. Cole Province by TKO (Punches) at 1:18, R1
ED RATCLIFF VS. CHRIS HORODECKI
R1 – Ratcliff firing off punches to the body early. Horodecki having trouble breaching Ratcliff’s reach advantage. Ratcliff starting get his jab going about a minute and a half into the fight. They trade some errant strikes for the next couple minutes before Ratcliff lands a hard right hand to Horodecki’s jaw, but the Canadian doesn’t waver. Horodecki starts pushing the pace in the last minute, landing a spinning back-kick and a few punch combinations.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Horodecki
R2 – Horodecki seems to be finding his range with leg kicks and opening up with his hands more, diving into his punches more than the first round and landing frequently. Ratcliff is backing up a bit more. Horodecki lands a kick midway through the round, but gets put on his butt with a counter right hand from Ratcliff, who lets him back up to start trading strikes again. They start another heavy exchange and Horodecki lands kick to the groin, causing a break in the action. They start back up and Horodecki continues to press the action, Ratcliff looks like he’s still feeling the low blow. Horodecki eats a punch and gets staggered as he moves in, but keeps coming, pushing the pace.
MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Horodecki
R3 – Horodecki continues to press forward. Both fighters are landing, but Horodecki seems to be a half-step ahead, winning most of the exchanges. He’s starting to mix up his combinations more in this final round, following his punches with kicks or vice versa, whereas Ratcliff is throwing a lot of single punches. Ratcliff appears to be a little out of his rhythm as the round wears on, trying to find that one punch to take Horodecki’s head off with, but the Canadian keeps him guessing by mixing up his strikes. Horodecki knocks Ratcliff down with about 20 seconds left, but can’t do much from his guard before the bell.
MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Horodecki and the fight 30-27 for Horodecki
Chris Horodecki def. Ed Ratcliff by Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27), R3
DIEGO NUNES VS. TYLER TONER
R1 – Nunes immediately shoots a double-leg and puts Toner on his back, landing in full guard. Nunes quickly passes to side control, but gets put in half guard s he starts striking. He locks on an arm-in guillotine choke from top position. It looks deep, but Toner remains calm. Nunes eventually gives up the choke and starts working from half guard. Nunes throws a few strikes then passes to side control, repeatedly dropping elbows on Toner’s head. Toner tries to escape, but Nunes ties him up, forcing a restart. Nunes quickly shoots again, but Toner locks him up and lands a couple knees to the body. Nunes escapes and lands a spinning backfist as the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Nunes
R2 – Nunes starts things off with a spinning back-kick then pounces on Toner and locks on another arm-in guillotine. Toner is in a sitting position, back to the cage, Nunes working him over, but Toner eventually escapes to his feet. Nunes has Toner pressed to the cage for a time, but then takes him down, landing in his full guard. Toner lands a few strikes from his back, but Nunes stands up and drops down some heavy punches. They tie up briefly before referee Eric Heinz stands them up. They hit the mat right away, Nunes in top position, again trying to find the choke. He slaps on a guillotine. Toner posts, trying to alleviate the pressure, and somehow survives the final 25 to 30 seconds.
MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Nunes
R3 – Toner is pressing, knowing he has to get a finish to win this fight. Nunes again tries a spinning back-kick, which misses, then presses Toner to the cage. Toner lands an uppercut that back Nunes up then puts on a front choke. Nunes is quickly out and up, pressing Toner into the cage once again. Nunes takes Toner down, landing in top position in full guard, grounding and pounding with just over two minutes left. Toner gets up to his knees, but Nunes goes for a Kimura and pulls guard. Toner defends the hold four about 30 seconds before Heinz stands them up. Toner immediately attempts flying knee, but gets taken down again, Nunes working from his full guard to finish the fight.
MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Nunes and the fight 30-27 for Nunes
Diego Nunes def. Tyler Toner by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), R3
CHAD GEORGE VS. ANTONIO BANUELOS
R1 – Neither fighter is quick to commit, each trying to find his range and get a read on the other’s timing. George lands a couple of exploratory low kicks midway through the round, but nothing significant yet. Banuelos starts throwing hands with just under a minute left, George shoots, but gets caught briefly in a guillotine for his trouble. George though turns the tables with 10 seconds left, locking on the beginnings of an D’arce choke, but can’t finish it before the bell. Banuelos looked like he lifted his hand, about to tap, but made it to the bell.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for George
R2 – Both fighters are again slow to engage, though Banuelos tests the waters a bit with some single punches and single kicks, but we hit the midway point of the round without any serious action. Banuelos finally presses in and George drops down. Banuelos is immediately on him working from guard, moving to his back, and then to side control. Banuelos drops a few short elbows to the head, as George tries to lock up his arms in defense. Banuelos maintains side control to the end of the round, driving home a knee to the ribs just before the bell.
MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Banuelos
R3 – George lands a solid kick to Banuelos’ midsection, but again, they are slow to commit to anything more than individual strikes. George moves in with a body punch, but Banuelos ducks down and takes him down, moves to side control, and starts ground and pounding. George does a good job tying Banuelos up, not letting him mount much offense, but he can’t get out from under him. They scramble a bit, but Banuelos maintains top control in half guard, neither mounting much offense before the bell.
MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Banuelos and the fight 29-28 for Banuelos
Antonio Banuelos def. Chad George by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), R3
NICK PACE VS. DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON
R1 – Pace comes out going high with his kicks, but can’t land them. Johnson clinches and presses Pace to the cage, controlling position and landing the occasional knee. Pace takes control of the clinch, pressing Johnson, but Johnson is doing a good job with knees to the body. Pace pulls Johnson to the mat with just under two minutes left in the round, but Johnson reverses into his guard. Pace does a good job tying Johnson up so he can’t mount much damage. They eventually work back to their feet where Johnson lands a couple more knees, takes Pace back down, and peppers him with a few more strikes before the bell.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Johnson
R2 – Johnson comes out quick landing a high kick-punch combination before Pace clinches. Pace is controlling the clinch, but Johnson is again landing knees and short hooks to the body. Johnson moves out behind Pace and starts lighting him up with strikes, mixing knees and punches, then scores a double-leg takedown, winding up in Pace’s guard. They stall on the mat and referee Eric Heinz stands them up. Johnson immediately starts scoring again with his strikes before pressing Pace into the cage and kneeing. Johnson scores another double-leg takedown and starts working from half guard, quickly moving to mount. Pace manages to gain his full guard back with less than a minute left in the round. Johnson starts punching to the body and mixing in elbows to the head to the end of the round.
MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Johnson
R3 – Pace looks bewildered as Johnson runs him down, kicking all the way, mixing low and high kicks. Pace has no answer for anything Johnson is doing at this point. Johnson is full of confidence at this point, landing leg kicks almost at will, and lighting Pace up with punch combinations. Pace tries to mount some offense, but Johnson clinches and starts kneeing to the legs and body. Johnson drops down for a double-leg, scoops Pace up, runs him across the ring, and tries to slam him through the mat. Pace manages to work back to his feet and gets a single leg takedown, taking Johnson’s back on the mat. He manages a few punches before the bell, but it’s likely too little, too late.
MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Johnson and the fight 30-27 for Johnson.
Demetrious Johnson def. Nick Pace by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
WEC 51 RESULTS:
-Jose Aldo def. Manny Gamburyan by KO (Punches) at 1:33, R2
-Donald Cerrone def. Jamie Varner by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Miguel Torres def. Charlie Valencia by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:25, R2
-George Roop def. Chan Sung Jung by KO (High Kick) at 1:30, R2
-Mark Hominick def. Leonard Garcia by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Tiequan Zhang def. Pablo Garza by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:26, R1
-Mike Brown def. Cole Province by TKO (Punches) at 1:18, R1
-Chris Horodecki def. Ed Ratcliff by Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Diego Nunes def. Tyler Toner by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), R3
-Antonio Banuelos def. Chad George by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), R3
-Demetrious Johnson def. Nick Pace by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3