by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
With only three of Sunday night’s 10 bouts at WEC 38 in San Diego going to a decision, the fighters delivered action in spades. The main card fighters – who competed on the Versus network telecast – especially delivered exciting action and it garnered many of the them an extra $7,500 bonus check.
MMAWeekly.com learned of the WEC 38 awards and bonuses on Sunday night from WEC officials.
The main event was a back and forth affair between WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and challenger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Everyone anticipated fireworks in this one and the fighters didn’t disappoint. The bout came down to the fifth and final round. Despite a disappointing finish – the fight ended up going to the scorecards following an unintentional illegal knee from Cerrone kept Varner from finishing the bout – Varner and Cerrone did enough earlier to earn the WEC 38 Fight of the Night.
Never lacking for excitement in his fights, former featherweight champ Urijah Faber delivered a fight ending guillotine choke against Jens Pulver to score the WEC 38 Submission of the Night bonus. If the would have lasted more than a minute and a half, Faber and Pulver may have been on course for Fight of the Night. Faber, however, was too quick to capitalize on a hard body shot that folded Pulver over, locking on the choke shortly after.
Rising featherweight contender Jose Aldo locked up the WEC 38 Knockout of the Night bonus with his devastating knee strike that floored Rolando Perez near the end of round one.
WEC 38 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(All awards include a $7,500 bonus for each fighter.)
WEC 38 Fight of the Night
– Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone
WEC 38 Submission of the Night
– Urijah Faber
WEC 38 Knockout of the Night
– Jose Aldo