by MMAWeekly TV
WEC Lightweight Champion Rob McCullough and WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe were both supposed to have drastically different fights than they did on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
McCullough was supposed to have an all-out battle on his hands in the form of Rich Crunkilton. The UFC veteran was supposed to be able to put McCullough on his back and make him work hard for a chance at victory. But it was the champ that landed several crushing right hands that left Crunkilton down and out just a minute-and-a-half into their bout at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Most pundits expected Rani Yahya, Beebe’s opponent, to take the champ down to the mat and quickly steal his belt with a fight ending submission. Yahya did achieve the first half of the equation, but Beebe spoiled the answer in stunning fashion.
Taken down into Yahya’s world early and often, after the first round, which saw the champ in trouble on a couple of occasions, Beebe adopted this foreign territory and brutalized the submission expert for the remainder of the fight.
Following their victorious performances, McCullough and Beebe spoke with MMAWeekly about their respective fights.