A night after numerous fights on CBS were stopped in a hurry, there wasn't much stopping at all at WEC 34 from Sacramento's ARCO arena. To simply say the night was long is an understatement, but...the night was long.
30 Donald Cerrone was by far the fastest man of the night, when at only (0:30) of round one he submitted Danny Castillo with an armbar. The victory by Cerrone was umm-uh, not surprising. The lightweight is now 8-0 and all his victories have come via submission. The loss was the hometown boy, Castillo's first through six bouts.
40 After being handled for two rounds, Tim McKenzie turned it around in the third when at (0:40) of the round he submitted Jeremy Lang with a guillotine. The loss was Lang's first and pushed McKenzie's record to 12-5.
6 Chuck Grigsby had (6) inches on Mark Munoz, but the shorter man fighting in front of his hometown crowd, withstood the bigger light heavyweights early attack. Then took him down and scored the TKO victory at 4:15 of round one. The win kept Munoz undefeated at 4-0 and turned out to be the second shortest fight of the night.
6 The number of fights, (6) to go at least three full rounds. Five of them resulted in decisions. The fifth was a title fight between Miguel Torres and Yoshiro Maeda that ended after round three due to a badly swollen eye. The fast pace affair saw Torres relentless, but Maeda game, it is too bad it ended when it did. The sixth fight to go at least three rounds was another title fight...
1 After the bout between Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver for the WEC's featherweight belt, the number of times (1) Faber had gone five rounds. And they turned out pretty darn productive. Faber surprisingly used an impressive stand up game to nullify Pulver's power, and won the contest in convincing fashion. After the bout the 21-1 Faber said, "Jens has power. I haven't had a chance to really showcase mine because guys tend to take it down on the mat. He's such a legend in this sport. He's one of my heroes. This fight meant so much to me. There's no give in me. It's the first time I've ever gone five rounds. It was a good test for me and proof of things I already believed." Pulver, now 22-9-1, gave Faber props as well saying, "He's fast. He can get in and out. He's quick."
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