WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber clashes with Mike Brown in this evening’s main event, while WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho rematches Chael Sonnen in a three-round, non-title contest after Filho failed to make weight for the contest.
- Mike Brown def. Urijah Faber (c) via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 2:23
WEC Featherweight Championship
- Chael Sonen def. Paulo Filho via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Three-round, non-title bout
- Leonard Garcia def. Jens Pulver via TKO (strikes) — Round1, 1:12
- Jake Rosholt def. Nissen Osterneck via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 3:48
- Donald Cerrone def. Rob McCullough via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Aaron Simpson def. David Avellan via KO (strikes) — Round 1, 0:18
- Jose Aldo def. Justin Brookins via TKO (strikes) — Round 3, 0:45
- Carmelo Marrero def. Steve Steinbeiss via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Danny Castillo def. Rafael Dias via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 2:54
- Rani Yahya def. Yoshiro Maeda via submission (guillotine) — Round 1, 3:30
MIKE BROWN VS. URIJAH FABER (C)
WEC FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 1 – They touch gloves and Faber misses with a straight kick to open the action. Overhand right and left by Faber, followed by a straight right. Head kick by Faber is blocked. Brown has Faber retreating with a pair of punches and they clinch. Brown has double underhooks and looks for the takedown but instead they move the center of the cage and Faber lands a knee. Brown connects and Faber trips to the canvas but is quickly back on his feet. Brown works for a single and catches Faber with a right then drops him to the canvas with a left. Faber does his best to cover up but Brown is relentless and finishes the champion off with strikes on the ground to claim the WEC featherweight title.
Mike Brown def. Urijah Faber (c) via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 2:23
CHAEL SONNEN VS. PAULO FILHO
Round 1 – Filho looks for an early takedown, but Sonnen sprawls and works punches from the top. Filho continues to push for the takedown but Sonnen defends and Sonnen returns to his feet and tags Filho with punches when he follows. Filho goes to the canvas and Sonnen stands and drops punches. Sonnen briefly follows Filho to the ground and works ground and pound from half guard but quickly returns to his feet. Filho grabs a leg but Sonnen pulls out. The crowd grows restless as Sonnen continues to pepper Filho with kicks and punches for the remainder of the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Sonnen.
Round 2 – Filho goes for another takedown, but ends up on his back with Sonnen in guard. Sonnen makes Filho get back to his feet. Sonnen knocks him to the canvas with a hard kick, but again forces him to stand up. Another kick by Sonnen and Filho pulls guard, but he’s again prompted to get back up. Sonnen dances around Filho, peppering strikes. Another takedown attempt by Filho, but Sonnen sprawls. Filho attempts to remain on the ground but Sonnen again prompts him to stand. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Sonnen.
Round 3 – It’s more on the same in the third as Filho can’t seem to find his rythym and continues to try to take the action to the ground, but Sonnen refuses and keeps the fight standing for nearly the entire duration while moving and throwing punches. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Sonnen and the fight 30-27 Sonnen.
Chael Sonen def. Paulo Filho via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
JENS PULVER VS. LEONARD GARCIA
Round 1 – Pulver moves forward and both fighter exchanges combos then circle. Pulver closes the distance and has Garcia against the fence but Garcia connects and Pulver is hurt and retreats to the fence. Garcia follows up with more punches and Pulver is unable to recover and the referee quickly stops the bout. An impressive performance by Garcia, but a disappointing fight given its hype.
Leonard Garcia def. Jens Pulver via TKO (strikes) — Round1, 1:12
JAKE ROSHOLT VS. NISSEN OSTERNECK
Round 1 – Osterneck connects early with punches, but he’s too aggressive and Rosholt takes him to the canvas. Working from side control Rosholt connects with punches then takes Osterneck’s back but his opponent reclaims guard. Back on his feet Osterneck connects with more punch combos. Rosholt clinches but they separate and Osterneck again connects, forcing Rosholt to take him to the canvas again. From side control Rosholt connects with punches and knees. More ground and pound from Rosholt before he takes Osterneck’s back late and continues to pound away. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Rosholt.
Round 2 – Rosholt takes Osterneck to the canvas early, but he falls into a submission attempt. Rosholt escapes then moves to side control. Osterneck does a good job of neutralizing most of Rosholt’s offense and the crowd boos the lack of action. The fighters get back to their feet and Osterneck has Rosholt rocked, tagging him with strikes but Osterneck is gassed and Rosholt gets a takedown after a missed spinning backfist, takes mount and works ground and pound to force the referee to halt the bout.
Jake Rosholt def. Nissen Osterneck via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 3:48
DONALD CERRONE VS. ROB MCCULLOUGH
Round 1 – McCullough and Cerrone trade punches early and McCullough quickly drops his opponent with a straight right. Cerrone quickly returns to his feet they again exchange. McCullough again drops Cerrone with a right, but he’s immediately back up and the fight resumes. Kicks from McCullough start to connect. Cerrone counters with a right the sends McCullough to the mat. Cerrone gets mount and works ground and pound, smashing McCullough with punches. McCullough nearly gives up his back but works into Cerrone’s guard. They return to their feet and McCullough is OK’d to continue due to a cut. Cerrone again drops McCullough late, but he returns to his feet and gets dropped again with another right. Cerrone again follows him to the ground, but McCullough survives. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Cerrone.
Round 2 – More of the same from the first as McCullough and Cerrone trade kicks and punches. McCullough is dropped again with a right-left combo and Cerrone takes his back but McCullough reclaims guard. Cerrone locks in an armbar but McCullough escapes. The fighters return to their feet and exchange strikes for the remainder of the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Cerrone.
Round 3 – McCullough and Cerrone swing for the fences to open the third, but Cerrone opts to shoot and gets a takedown. They quickly get back to their feet and continue to trade strikes. Jumping knee by Cerrone connects to McCullough’s chin and Cerrone continues to land but is unable to finish McCullough off. McCullough fires back but Cerrone is the fresher fighter and lands another knee and secures a final takedown before finishing the fight with a flurry staggering McCullough one final time before the bell sounds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Cerrone and the fight 30-27 Cerrone.
Donald Cerrone def. Rob McCullough via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
AARON SIMPSON VS. DAVID AVELLAN
Round 1 – Simpson immediately drops Avellan with a right and finishes him off with several more punches to force the referee to step in just 18-seconds into the matchup.
Aaron Simpson def. David Avellan via KO (strikes) — Round 1, 0:18
JOSE ALDO VS. JONATHAN BROOKINS
Round 1 – Aldo dominates the opening round with crisp striking and leg kicks. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Aldo.
Round 2 – Aldo continues to pick Brookings apart with punches and kicks, forcing his opponent to unsuccessfully shoot for a takedown. Aldo continues to connects with boxing and hurts his opponent with kicks. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Aldo.
Round 3 – The third round sees Aldo throw more leg kicks, before dropping his foe to the canvas with a right. Aldo follows up and finished Brookins off with strikes on the ground.
Jose Aldo def. Justin Brookins via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 0:45
STEVE STEINBEISS VS. CARMELO MARRERO
Round 1 – After touching gloves, Steinbeiss connects first. Marrero scores a takedown but he can’t keep him down and they return to their feet. Another successful takedown for Marrero and Steinbeiss captures guard. Steinbeiss looks for a triangle but Marrero avoids. Steinbeiss again works back to his feet but Marrero promptly puts him back down. Another triangle attempt is escaped by Marrero and Steinbeiss instead works elbows late. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Marrero.
Round 2 – Steinbeiss opens with a punch-kick combo and Marrero counters then gets another takedown. Marrero passes then works a kimura, before briefly taking mount. Steinbeiss gets back into half guard and then returns to his feet. They separate and Steinbeiss connects with the jab, so Marrero shoots again. Steinbeiss evades and Marrero slips to the canvas late in exhaustion. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Marrero.
Round 3 – Marrero is gassed to start the final frame and Steinbeiss capitalizes early and connects with punches. Marerro tries to get the fight to the ground but Steinbeiss resists and they remain on their feet. Marrero finally gets a takedown, captures mount, and works a guillotine. Steinbeiss escapes and Marerro tags him with an elbow but Steinbess gets him guard back before the end of the bout. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Steinbeiss and the fight 29-28 Marrero.
Carmelo Marrero def. Steve Steinbeiss via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
DANNY CASTILLO VS. RAFAEL DIAS
Round 1 – Castillo misses with early punches and Dias counters with straight punches that connect. Castillo shoots for a takedown but Dias defends and they return to their feet where Dias tries for a takedown of his own but Castillo sprawls. Castillo connects with a uppercut and Dias stumbles to the canvas but the referee quickly stands them up. Both fighters trade punches, then Dias looks for a guillotine from the clinch but Castillo evades. More punches from both fighters late. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Dias.
Round 2 – Castillo works a jab to open the second, but Dias shoots and secures a takedown. Dias stacks him and throws punches. Submission attempts by Castillo from the bottom, but he’s unable to secure anything. They scramble and Dias briefly takes his back, but Castillo claims the top then they return to their feet. Dias attempts another takedown but ends up on his back and Castillo reigns down punches, forcing the referee to intervene.
Danny Castillo def. Rafael Dias via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 2:54
RANI YAHYA VS. YOSHIRO MAEDA
Round 1 – Yahya shoots early and the fighters clinch against the fence. Maeda grabs a guillotine and it’s deep, nearly forcing Yahya to submit before eventually escaping. Back in the clinch, Yahya secures a guillotine of his own and forces Maeda to tap.
Rany Yahya def. Yoshiro Maeda via submission (gulliotine) — Round 1, 3:30