by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Josh Grispi hadn’t been in the cage in more than a year when he faced L.C. Davis at WEC 49 on Sunday night, but after his stunning performance, he declared, “I’m too young for ring rust,” dispelling any talk of time away being a factor for him.
Davis scored the first big move of the bout, scooping Grispi up and slamming him to the mat. But the explosive offensive maneuver would also be his downfall. Grispi cinched a guillotine choke during the takedown, putting Davis to sleep.
Now 14-1, Grispi has to be on the short list for a shot at current WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
“For sure. I’m ready to test my skills against anyone,” Grispi said when asked if he was ready to challenge the champ. “Win or lose, I want to fight the best and test myself. Whatever the WEC wants, I’ll do.”
Fighting on his home turf for the first time in four years, Canadian Chris Horodecki took full advantage of late replacement Danny Downes, thoroughly dominating the Duke Roufus trained fighter.
Horodecki, known for his striking prowess, showed a new side of himself in the opening round, quickly taking Downes to the mat, nearly submitting him with a rear naked choke. In round two, he shifted gears and picked Downes apart on the feet, showing why he is one of the most respected strikers in the WEC.
Downes charged out of his corner, desperately trying to mount some offense in round three, but Horodecki put him on the mat for the final time, quickly finishing the rear naked choke that he couldn’t in round one.
“Danny was super tough… thank you for stepping up to the plate,” said Horodecki after the fight, acknowledging Downes stepping in on just four days notice.
He admitted it was tough to deal with a change in opponent so late in the game, but added, “I’m just happy to fight here in Canada for you guys.”
Will Campuzano and Eddie Wineland lived up to expectations, unleashing a furious striking battle from the opening bell of the televised portion of the show, but it was Wineland’s less orthodox style that paid off in the end.
Campuzano continued to come forward all fight long, trying to find an opening for his brutal kicks, but Wineland used his countering style, superior head movement, and darted in and out to keep him off balance. Wineland dropped the Mexican-born fighter twice in the opening round, setting him up for the big finish in round two.
A Superman punch followed by a furious punch combination sent Campuzano staggering backwards late in the second stanza. Wineland pounced on the downed fighter, but couldn’t finish him. When he regained his feet, Campuzano threw successive flying knees in desperation, but Wineland hurt him with another flurry of punches before dropping Campuzano for the final time with a right hook to the body.
“I’m gonna keep doing what I got to do to get that hardware back,” Wineland, the former WEC bantamweight champion, said after the fight.