(1/10/2010)
45:00 to Review
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Mark Hominick - 92.1
2. Urijah Faber - 91.8
3. Eddie Wineland - 91.8
4. Benson Henderson - 91.6
5. Deividas Taurosevicius - 91.2
6. Mike Thomas Brown - 91.1
7. Kamal Shalorus - 90.8
8. Mackens Semerzier - 89.9
9. Jamie Varner - 89.8
10. Dave Jansen - 89.4
WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson
Location: Sacramento, California
Elevation: 30'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Urijah Faber vs. Raphael Assuncao
90.7
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.0
TOTAL 90.2
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
89.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight mostly took place standing, with Wineland rocking Roop in the first minute of the first round. Roop spent most of the fight throwing those awkward Rooping Looping punches, landing a few times, but for the most part, Wineland did a good job avoiding Roop's strikes, while countering with harder punches of his own. In the end, this fight turned out to be relatively one-sided, with a 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Eddie Wineland.
89.5
Submission
(Triangle Armbar)
3:48
      Caraway got the takedown early in this fight, landing in the guard of Hominick, and he clearly wasn't worried about the submission game of Hominick, as he kept his posture really low the entire time. Caraway eventually tried to pass guard, got a little sloppy, Hominick tried to sweep him, it didn't quite work out, but it allowed Hominick to lock on a triangle, where he finished the fight with an armbar. Awesome win for Mark Hominick, and sloppy performance by Caraway.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
88.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys clinched early, with Semerzier pressing Taurosevicius against the fence. They switched spots, and Taurosevicius took Semerzier down, moving to side control almost immediately. He threw some short elbows on the ground, but wasn't really doing a ton of damage. Semerzier moved to guard, started looking for submissions, and then Taurosevicius decided to stand back up, resetting in the center. They traded a few punches, and then Taurosevicius shot in for another takedown, but Semerzier kept stopping him by threatening with the guillotine. Taurosevicius power slammed Semerzier, and then continued to beat him up a little bit from inside his guard. Round one goes to Taurosevicius.
      They spent a minute in the second round trading punches & kicks, Semerzier went in for a takedown, and Taurosevicius reversed it, throwing Semerzier to the ground again. They scrambled, stood back up, and Taurosevicius continued to outwrestle Semerzier with throws, while Semerzier was throwing up submissions from his guard. Taurosevicius spent the last half of the round beating up Semerzier on the ground with punches & elbows. I have Taurosevicius ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
      The third round had both guys standing for the most part, with Semerzier beating up Taurosevicius with his wild striking, while stuffing takedowns, and threatening Taurosevicius with submissions. They both landed some decent shots, and then Taurosevicius shot in for a sloppy double leg, Semerzier almost caught him in a D'Arce choke, but Semerzier's arms were too short to finish it. He then went for a Kimura, nearly ripped Taurosevicius's arm off, Taurosevicius countered with a heel hook attempt, and they continued to battle for submissions on the ground for a couple of minutes. Semerzier spent the last half of the round dropping bombs on Taurosevicius from a variety of top positions. Semerzier had some exciting offense in the final round, but I still think Taurosevicius won the fight, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Taurosevicius the unanimous decision victory.
88.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:54
      These guys started the fight with a clinch, Brown threw Morrison to the ground, got on top in the mounted crucifix, punched Morrison in the face quite a few times, before eventually moving into full mount, forcing Morrison to give him his back, allowing Brown to lock on the rear-naked choke for the quick submission victory. Really nice performance by Mike Thomas Brown, against a guy I've never heard of.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      Shalorus beat up Jansen a little bit on the feet in the first round, and he took him down for a few seconds in the last half of the round as well. Shalorus rocked Jansen a few times in the final 30 seconds with his boxing. Round one goes to Shalorus. The second round was the same thing, with Shalorus winning on the feet, and also winning with the wrestling exchanges. Jansen couldn't take him down, and Jansen's face was bloodied from the striking exchanges. Jansen clipped Shalorus once in the final 2 minutes of the round, but I still have Shalorus ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     Jansen finally started the outstrike Shalorus in the third round, as Shalorus was slowing down significantly, but Shalorus still never stopped moving forward. Shalorus scored a slow takedown with 2 minutes left in the fight, but Jansen got right back up, and then failed with a takedown attempt of his own. Shalorus took him back down again in the final minute of the fight, and probably stole the round with his ground control. I scored this fight 30-27 for Shalorus, and all 3 judges agreed for the most part, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
90.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
13:49
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then clinched, trading positions against the cage for a little while. When they went back to trading strikes, they both looked a little awkward, so they clinched again, with Assuncao pressing Faber against the cage. If I had to pick a winner, I'd probably give that first round to Assuncao, but it was close.
     Faber brought the fight to the ground early in the second round, they scrambled around for a little while, Faber slapped on a brutal looking guillotine choke, Assuncao tried to roll out of it, and it looked like his head was about to be ripped off. He eventually scrambled his way out of it, and they stood back up, trading a few strikes. Faber dropped Assuncao with a right hand, and then jumped down inside his guard. Assuncao was looking for submissions from his guard, but never really came close to securing anything, as Faber was beating him up with punches & elbows on the ground. Faber tried to grab his back in the final seconds of the round, but Assuncao was saved by the bell. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Assuncao tried to take Faber to the ground in the third round, but Faber did a pretty good job staying on his feet. They clinched for a while against the cage, Faber threw a few big punches but missed, and they reset in the center of the cage. Assuncao threw a leg kick, Faber fell down, but got back up. Faber blasted Assuncao with a big right hand, and Assuncao fell down, and Faber jumped on him immediately. Faber dropped some heavy elbows, pass the guard, grabbed Assuncao's back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via rear-naked choke. Solid submission victory for Urijah Faber, as he gets back on the winning track.
89.9
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
12:41
      Varner grabbed Henderson, and slammed him to the ground early in the first round, and Henderson immediately started looking for a leg lock, while Varner beat up his body. Varner grabbed a front head lock, and blasted Henderson's body with some big knees. Varner slapped on an official guillotine choke, nearly lifting Henderson into the air, and then he blasted him with a huge knee to the face, which caused Henderson to collapse. The referee stood them back up with a couple of minutes left in the round. Henderson blasted Varner with something, Varner held his eye and walked away, and Henderson attacked him, but Varner did a good job getting him back under control, taking him back down, where he continued to beat up Henderson's body with punches & knees. Round one goes to Varner.
     They traded strikes for most of the second round at a pretty moderate pace, and then Henderson threw a kick, Varner caught it, and threw Henderson to the ground. That one move MIGHT have been enough to score the round for Varner. They spent the final minute of the round in the clinch, with Varner in control. Good competitive fight so far. They traded a few strikes in the third round, Henderson landed some nice kicks to the body, along with a nice head kick. Varner looked like he was a little scared in the final round. Halfway through the round, Varner shot for a takedown, Henderson stopped him with a flying guillotine choke, and Varner tapped out almost immediately. That was a great finish for Benson Henderson.
OVERALL 90.2
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