Faber, Torres retain WEC belts
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- WEC featherweight champion
Faber was able to display his stand-up in this fight, tagging Pulver with crisp combinations, but the former UFC lightweight champion got in some shots of his own throughout the fight, testing the champion like never before.
The fight played out with the two warriors trading shots back and forth, tagging each other with crisp punches. Faber finally was able to get the fight on the ground on several occasions in the later rounds, punishing Pulver with his trademark elbows, leaving his face swollen and discolored.
One thing that was never in doubt was the hometown crowd's enthusiasm throughout the fight as they encouraged their champion on and cheered the rival Pulver by the end of the five-round war. As the fight wound down, Faber was able to get a takedown and land a couple of punishing elbows for good measure as both fighters were given a standing ovation once the fight ended.
Hometown hero Faber earned a unanimous decision with scores of 50-45, 50-44 and 50-44, winning every round on the judges' scorecards.
"Sacramento has a great 145-pound champion" said Pulver after the fight.
"This was just a fun experience overall. I feel honored to be here in my hometown to put on a show," said Faber.
WEC bantamweight champion
In the second round, the war continued on with Torres finding his range with punches and landing the occasional flurry of knees. By now both Torres and Maeda showed signs of war, with Torres bleeding profusely from a cut and Maeda's right eye swelling quickly. Maeda switched strategies, taking the fight to the ground and going for a heel hook, Torres obliging by going for his own. After a scramble the champion ended the round in mount, dropping blows on Maeda.
It was more of the same in the third with Torres starting to take over with his jab and Maeda becoming frustrated on occasion. By round's end, Maeda's eye was swollen shut, forcing the doctor to stop the fight in between the third and fourth round, giving Torres the victory.
Former NCAA wrestling champion
(The Cerrone victory was officially announced as being at 0:30 of round one, but the fight clock appeared to be closer to 1:30.)
Returning to action for the first time since losing his title, former WEC bantamweight champion
In a come from behind victory,
After a failed takedown by McKenzie to start the third round, Lang landed a knee to the groin putting a stop to the action. Once the action resumed again. McKenzie landed a big shot that forced Lang to go for a takedown, getting caught in a guillotine choke that put him to sleep, forty seconds into the last round.
In an all-Brazilian battle, Nova Uniao's
The second round began with much of the same, but midway through the round, Nogueira dropped to his back after a failed takedown. Aldo jumped and unleashed a furious onslaught of punches and elbows that cut Nogueira and had him out of the fight at 3:22 of the second round.
The night was opened with bantamweight action as
Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver by Unanimous Decision, R5
Miguel Torres def. Yoshiro Maeda by TKO (Injury Stoppage) at 5:00, R3
Mark Munoz def. Chuck Grigsby by TKO (Strikes) at 4:15, R1
Rob McCullough def. Kenneth Alexander by Split Decision, R3
Donald Cerrone def. Danny Castillo by Submission (Armbar) at 0:30, R1
Mike Brown def. Jeff Curran by Unanimous Decision, R3
Will Ribeiro def. Chase Beebe by Split Decision, R3
Tim McKenzie def. Jeremy Lang by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:40, R3
Alex Serdyukov def. Luis Sapo by TKO at 5:00, R1
Jose Aldo def. Alexandre Franca Nogueira by TKO at 3:22, R2
Dominick Cruz def. Charlie Valencia by Unanimous Decision, R3