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“WEC 53: Henderson Vs. Pettis” Results

The following are the overall results from WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis, which is going down at the Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Live coverage of the main card will begin at 9 PM EST.

-Renan Barao defeated Chris Cariaso via submission via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:47 of Round 1.

-Yuri Alcantara defeated Ricardo Lamas via knockout (punches) at 3:26 of Round 1.

-Danny Castillo defeated Will Kerr via knockout (punches) at 1:25 of Round 1.

-Eddie Wineland defeated Ken Stone via knockout (slam) at 2:11 of Round 1.

-Brad Pickett defeated Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

-Shane Roller defeated Jame Varner via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:55 of Round 1.

-Danny Downes defeated Tiequan Zhang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).

Main Card

Kamal Shalorus vs. Bart Palaszewski

Bruce Buffer announces the fighters to get things started, and the last WEC event is underway.

Round 1: THey touch gloves at the start of things. Palaszewski lands the first strike with a leg kick, but Shalorus fires back immediately with a punch combo. Shalorus lands a throw on Palaszewski and lands in his full guard, throwing ground and pound immediately. Shalorus is hammering away with body shots. Palaszewski is lokking to roll for an armbar but Shalrous smeels it from a mile away, stands up and reigns down some nasty body shots. Shalorus is throwing ground and pound with seriously bad intentions, but Palszewski doesn’t look to be hurt yet. Palszewski gets to his feet and they start trading again, with Palszewski landing with leg kicks. Shalrous returns with a thudding leg kick of his own, one to the inside follows. Shalorus ends the round landing a few leg kicks. scores the round 10-9 for Shalorus

Round 2: They start on the feet trading, with Palaszewski trying to land a high kick. Shalorus briefly catches a kick, but Palaszewski gets out of it. Palaszewski seems to be finding his rhythm, landing the cleaner punches in the combinations. Shalorus is throwing with serious force, but not landing with too much. Shalorus dives for a leg with around 1:30 to go and gets Palaszewski down. Shalorus presses Palaszewski against the cage, but Palaszewski gets to his feet and in Shalrous’ face. They end the round on their feet swinging. scores the round 10-9 for Shalorus

Round 3: Shalorus lands the early punches, but Palaszewski is hanging in there. The last round could possibly have gone to Palaszewski, but he likely needs the finish here to win the fight. Shalorus briefly gets him down but he gets back to his feet. Palaszewski lands a weak head kick. He follows up with a solid combination. Palszewski is starting to land more frequently. Shalorus looks for the takedown and Palszewski gives it up while looking for a guillotine that eventually fails. Shalorus is in Palaszewski’s guard; he passes to half guard. Palaszewski gets to his feet with a minute to go and lands a high kick, then a knee to the face. He’s trying to finish it here. Twenty to go and Palaszewski is breathing heavy. scores the round 10-10

Kamal Shalorus defeated Bart Palaszewski via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Donald Cerrone vs. Chris Horodecki

Round 1: Cerrone come out right away with a jab. As Bonnar points out, Cerrone has a serious height and reach advantage. Horodecki takes a low blow off of an inside leg kick. He is slightly cut between his right eye and nose. They touch gloves and restart. Cerrone with a body kick. Another. Cerrone using his reach well, he lands the takedown. He passes to mount but Horodecki scrambles out of it quickly. They are back to their feet. Cerrone with a leg kick, they exchange and clinch briefly. Cerrone lands a nice knee to the midsection as Horodecki moves in. Cerrone lands a nice uppercut on the way in. Cerrone lands a nice knee on Horodecki’s way in again. A nice leg kick from Cerrone, then a knee that is partially blocked. Horodecki tries for a nice leg trip that Cerrone scrambles out of. Cerrone tries to finish the exchange with a nice high kick that Horodecki avoids. Cerrone pulls guard but they get back to their feet shortly after. Cerrone with another takedown, he gets Horodecki’s back with ten to go. scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone

Round 2: Cerrone lands a jab tos tart it. Horodecki misses a high kic but Cerrone doesn’t follow him down. Horodecki gets a takedown but Cerrone rolls for an omoplata immediately. Then a triangle that Hordecki avoids. Cerrone is relentless off of his back though, and rolls for another triangle. Cerrone lets it go briefly but he cinches it back up. They fight for position for a bit, but Cerrone won’t let go of the submission. Horodecki taps.

Donald Cerrone defeated Chris Horodecki via submission (triangle) at 2:43 of Round 2.

Dominick Cruz vs. Scott Jorgenson

For the WEC Bantamweight Championship

Jorgensen walks to the cage unable to contain his smile, he looks calm and ready. Cruz also walks to the cage with a mile-wide grin on his face.

Round 1: They touch gloves to start it. Cruz looking to use his movement to keep Jorgensen guessing. He’s landing from odd angles and is constantly on the move. Cruz lands a serious combination and moves away before Jorgensen can answer. Cruz’s footwork is dictating the fight at this point, Jorgensen can’t figure out the angles. He goes for a takedown and holds Cruz around the back but Cruz avoids and they reset on the feet eventually. The story is the same on the feet so far, with Cruz using deft head and foot movement to keep Jorgensen off balance and guessing. Jorgensen is landing the occasional counter but Cruz is still dictating the standup, mixing kicks and angled punches to tag Jorgensen up. Jorgensen tries for a takedowen with twenty left and he gets it, briefly getting Cruz’s back before Cruz almost immediately reverses it and gets on top. scores the round 10-9 for Cruz

Round 2: Cruz lands a straight right to start it. Cruz uses footwork to baffle Jorgensen, who falls on the mat briefly after a blinding exchange. Cruz lands a nice uppercut-right hand combo. Again. Cruz using head movement to avoid Jorgensen’s attack and then firing back off of confusing angles. Cruz lands a takedown, he falls in Jorgenson’s guard. Cruz dropping elbows from the top. Jorgensen is pressed against the cage and Cruz is on top landing short strikes. Cruz is absolutely dominating this round, though he is bleeding from a round his right eye. He lands a nice flying knee and then presses Jorgensen to the cage. Jorgensen’s right eye swelling a bit. scores the round 10-9 for Cruz

Round 3: Cruz starts the round strong right away, landing punches off of angles. Cruz drops Jorgensen briefly with a right but he gets back to his feet. Cruz with strong leg kick. Cruz with a head kick. Then a leg kick off of a punch combo. Jorgensen with a body kick. Cruz is showing impressive head movement, slipping almost all of Jorgensen’s punches. He lands a knee to the body. Cruz lands a multiple punch combination. Jorgensen simply cannot find an answer for Cruz’s movement and angled attack. The champ’s foot work and head movement look better than ever. He lands a beautiful takedown with a little more than a moment to go. Jorgensen lands an impressive sweep and gets the champ’s back, but Cruz gets to his feet quickly. scores the round 10-9 for Cruz

Round 4: Cruz with a strong right hand that send the sweat flying to start it. He lands a takedown shortly after, falling in Jorgensen’s guard. Cruz is smothering from on top, landing short strikes. Jorgensen gets back to his feet eventually and then presses Cruz against the cage. Cruz quickly reverses, and then Jorgensen does the same. They break off of the cage. Cruz lands a leg kick. He tries for another flying knee that doesn’t land clean. Cruz hits a takedown and then passes almost immediately to half guard. Jorgensen looks to reverse but they get back to their feet. Cruz with a solid knee with a right hand to end the combo. Cruz avoids Jorgensen’s punches and then hits another takedown. scores the round 10-9 for Cruz

Round 5: Jorgensen looking to throw with more urgency but Cruz keeps his composure and fires back with combos of his own, avoiding most of Jorgensen’s shots with head movement as crisp as it was in the first round. Cruz with a nice knee to the body again. Jorgensen is moving forward and trying to land but Cruz is beating him to the punch and kick. Jorgensen tries for a takedown and eventually gets the champ down with a little over two minutes to go. Cruz gets back to his feet quickly. Cruz lands a powerful double leg. Cruz is in Jorgensen’s guard, peppering away with shots from the top. Jorgensen is trying to get back to his feet but Cruz is all over him. Cruz stands up and they end the round on their feet, with Cruz landing at will. scores the round 10-9 for Cruz

Dominick Cruz defeated Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision (50-45 across the board)

Cruz earns the first ever UFC Featherweight Championship with his win. He pledges to hold his new belt for many defenses to come. He calls out Urijah Faber.

Ben Henderson Vs. Anthony Pettis

For the WEC Lightweight Championship

Pat Barry one of Pettis’ cornermen. Henderson looks pumped on his way to the cage. This fight determines the first opponent for the winner of the upcoming Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard UFC Lightweight Championship bout. Herb Dean is the third man in the cage for this championship bout. The crowd roundly supports Henderson, booing Pettis as he is introduced. An intense stare down follows.

Round 1: They do not touch gloves, though Henderson attempts to. Henderson throws a slick switch kick that is barely blocked. Pettis with one of his own. Pettis tries a high kick that is blocked. Henderson rushes in, lands a nice combination and presses Pettis against the cage. He establishes double underhooks. Pettis feigns a yawning motion as Henderson holds him against the cage. Henderson gets the takedown and presses Henderson against the cage. Pettis rolls for a triangle but Henderson avoids. They hit their feet again. Pettis barely misses with a high kick. Pettis with a nice push kick, then barely misses again on a high kick. He landsa nice right hand that makes Henderson drop for a takedown, which he completes. They end the round with Henderson firing away with Pettis down against the cage. scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Round 2: Henderson with a nice body kick. He goes high and it is blocked. Pettis drops Henderson with a right hand, then swarms him against the cage. Henderson recovers but Pettis lands a takedown. He briefly looks for a kimura but Henderson gets back to his feet and presses Pettis against the cage. They break and Pettis looks to land with kicks. Henderson lands with a nice combo and goes for a takedown, they and up in the clinch against the cage. Henderson with a nice body kick. Pettis tries for a flying knee but Henderson catches it and turns Pettis into the cage. He lands a nice knee to the body on the break. Henderson takes a low blow but shakes it off quickly. Henderson with a high kickt hat is barely blocked. scores the round 10-10

Round 3: Henderson lands the first significant strike of the round with a leg kick. They trade kicks to the body and the leg. Pettis lands a takedown when Henderson compromises his distance off of a punch combo. Pettis gets Henderson’s back. Henderson stands up with Pettis on his back but “Showtime” locks his hands around “Smooth’s” leg to avoid getting shaken off. Henderson is standing against the cage with Pettis on his back now, holding the body triangle. Pettis landing nice body shots to the champ’s midsection. As the announcer’s describe, the two men seem to be at a stalemate here. Pettis landing punches from Henderson’s back, looking for the rear naked choke. Henderson firing elbows to Pettis’ thighs. Pettis trying to find the choke with seconds to go. They break almost at the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Pettis

Round 4: They trade equally effective lead hand strikes to start the round. Henderson with a nice body kick. Pettis lands a nice combination, Henderson fires back and tries to get a takedown, Pettis looks for a choke but the champ avoids and ends up on top. Now he takes Pettis’ back with a body triangle. Henderson sinks the rear naked choke but Pettis somehow breaks it. Hendrson is still on his back though, peppering with shots and looking for the choke. Pettis escapes and rolls into Henderson’s guard, then side control, then he takes Henderson’s back again. He shakes him off and they hit the cage. They break and engage in the striking department with about 1:30 to go. Henderson with a body kick. Pettis pushing forward with a combo, he rolls for the guillotine choke but “Smooth” avoids, with Henderson now on top of him. Pettis is unrelenting, still looking for the choke with ten seconds to go. scores the round 10-10

Round 5: This round could very well determine the entire fight. Henderson misses on a takedown off of a combination in the first exchange. Pettis lands a low blow and Henderson shakes it off quickly. They touch gloves. Henderson with a body kick and Pettis lands a solid right hand that knocks Henderson’s head back. A left lands for Pettis. Pettis looking to show off now, he drops Henderson and briefly tries to take his back, stepping off when it was obvious he was too high. Pettis landsa a flying knee while Henderson shoots in for the takedown but “Smooth” hangs in there and completes the takedown. Pettis is on his back against the cage, he rolls for a triangle but Henderson takes his back with one hook in. Pettis reverses it and steps back to his feet. Pettis knocks Henderson to his back with a high roundhouse kick off of the fence and starts to hammer away while a dazed Henderson looks for the takedown. That could have been the salvo that pushes the fight in Pettis’ favor. scores the round 10-9 for Pettis

An amazing back and forth fight to close the last WEC event.

Anthony Pettis defeated Ben Henderson by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

Pettis credits coach Duke Roufus for his incredible off-the-cage kick and gives props to Henderson for being a tough competitor.