Thursday, November 6, 2008

WEC Shocker

No matter what you think of WEC, you gotta admit last night's event was entertaining in a strange way. It was like with each passing fight things kept getting weirder. By the time Urijah Faber lost, I was half expecting Kimbo Slice to come sailing into the ring with a propeller strapped to his butt. It was that kind of a night.

To start things off, Jens Pulver had his head removed from his body by Leonard Garcia. My favorite moment of the night came after Pulver got hit with the first big shot and his head spun around like a cartoon character seeing stars. For a second, I thought Pulver was acting in the hopes of drawing Garcia in, but that was not the case. It was an impressive win for Garcia, who many doubted coming into the fight. For Pulver it is another indication that his time in the spotlight is over. He just does not have the speed and athleticism to keep up with the younger fighters any more.

Next up was Filho/Sonnen II. No one knew what to expect in this one since Filho missed weight and it was no longer a title fight. Filho did his best Anderson Silva imitation and refused to throw strikes for much of the fight. He was sidetracked by some one at ringside, who he kept talking to during the fight. Sonnen was completely confused by Filho's actions and spend most of the fight throwing jabs. In the end, Sonnen scored a unanimous decision and Filho went from being crazy to nuts. A couple of days ago it seemed certain the Brazilian would be a force at 185 lbs in the UFC. After his performance last night, he might not even make it to a main card until he proves to Dana White that he has his head back on straight.

The main event began how you would expect it to. Faber bounced around the cage and appeared in control of the action. Then he went for an elbow and got caught with a huge right by Mike Brown. From there it was only a matter of time before the referee stopped the fight. Faber's aggressiveness finally caught up to him. Even the great Urijah Faber is susceptible to a strike when he is off-balanced.

Actually, "Off-Balanced" would make a good name for this event.

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