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(All Photo’s by Dave Mandel: Cole Escovedo covered in blood, Hermes Franca KO punch vs Gabe Ruediger)
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The WEC sold out for the 18th time in 20 shows this weekend in Lemoore California. In one of the two main events, challenger Urijah Faber defeated WEC Champion Cole Escovedo by corner/doctor stoppage at the end of Round 2. Escovedo had a horrible cut on his hair line and fought in a mask of blood for much of Round 2 and the doctor’s would not let him continue into a Round 3.
A very physical battle saw both fighters cut and bleeding at one point of the first round. Faber used vicious elbows to cut open the champ early on in Round 1. Escovedo countered by sweeping Faber at one point and Escovedo landed some great shots that cut Faber under his right eye.
Faber though was able to sweep Escovedo later in Round 1 and pounded vicious elbows to the head of Escovedo that split open the champ at the end of the round. After a few unsuccessful triangle attempts, Escovedo could not withstand the ground n pound game of Faber and after Round 2, the champ could not continue because of the lengthy cut inflicted by Faber. Urijah Faber is the new WEC 145lb. Champion.
In the other co-main event, it was Hermes Franca, the challenger, defeating WEC champion Gabe Ruediger by knockout at just :31 seconds into the fight. Franca used his trademark right hand to knock down Ruediger and then Franca pounced on the chapmion and took him out with more strikes in just :31 seconds of the fight to become the new WEC Light Weight Champion.
In the shocker of the night, Lodune Sincaid took a page out of his Ultimate Fighter season 1 teammate, Stephan Bonnar’s book. Sincaid shot in for takedown after takedown and took down James Irvin for three rounds. Sincade used a great ground n pound game to keep Irvin on the defensive the entire fight. Irvin tried to rally late in the third round, but came up short as Sincaid pulled off the upset over Irvin by unanimous decision.
In another surprise of the night Tiki dominated Pat Healy for a couple of rounds, but Tiki’s shoulder literally popped out of the socket when he threw a punch in the third round. Tiki actually sustained the shoulder injury back when he fought in the UFC against Sean Sherk and has had to deal with the same injury his entire career.
Tiki showed tremendous stand up as he had Healy on the ropes the entire fight. Tiki was cruising through the fight but when he tried to throw a left hand his shoulder popped out of socket and he could not continue to fight. The luck or the Irish was with Pat Healy who wins at the :25 second mark of Round 3 due to a dislocated shoulder by Tiki. Pat’s brother Ryan was also on the card and he didn’t need any “luck” as Ryan Healy defeated Phillip Wyman by rear naked choke at 3:18 of Rd. 1
In the most vicious knockout in WEC history, Razor Rob McCullough landed a punch right on the chin of the very popular Olaf. The shot knocked out Olaf as the mouth piece went flying across the cage on the impact of the punch. Olaf woke up when he hit the ground, only to be pumpled by five consecutive right hands by McCullough that all landed on the chin of Olaf, knocking him out again and breaking his jaw. McCullough wins by vicious KO at :12 into Round 2.
Tim McKenzie was the “Wrecking Machine” against Doug “The Rhino” Marshall on Friday Night. McKenzie ground n pounded his way to victory as he took down the man who once fought at 240 pounds, but the slimmed down 195 pound Rhino did not look as strong as McKenzie took down Marshall and landed some monster right hands that split open Marshall as McKenzie finished the fight at 3:55 of Round 1.
In other action it was Jake O’Brian making history getting the fastest knock out ever as he took out Jay White at just :14 seconds of Round 1.
Chuck Liddell protege Antonio Banuelos of the Pit was dominant as he defeated James Cottrell by unanimous decision.
Lion’s Den fighter Joseph Martin took the fight on just 24 hours notice and showed a lot of heart as he defeated Tony Alanis by heel hook at 2:26 of Rd. 2
– Kenny Ento defeated Jimmy Dexter by Arm Bar at 1:20 of Rd. 1