The final event in World Extreme Cagefighting History went down last night at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona, and the fighters who competed on the card did so in a spirit befitting of the most consistently exciting promotion in MMA.
Former WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland channeled vintage Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in his WEC 53 victory over Ken Stone, slamming the WEC newbie into the mat for an instant knockout. The impressive slam knockout earned Wineland the Knockout of the Night bonus, in the amount of $10,000.
Shane Roller rebounded from a recent loss to Anthony Pettis and took home the Submission of the Night bonus as well when he choked out Jamie Varner in the first round of their lightweight meeting.
Further cementing the idea that Anthony Pettis was easily the biggest winner of the night is the fact that he drew Fight of the Night honors along with former WEC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson in addition to stealing the belt with one of the most impressive kicks ever landed in an MMA bout.
Pettis and Henderson fought a rollicking back-and-forth battle that seemed to be dead even going into the fifth and final round. Finding Henderson’s defense a little too sharp to score effectively with conventional offense, “Showtime” dug deep into his bag of tricks and threw an off-the-cage right head kick that dropped Henderson as it connected cleanly to his face. The $10,000 Henderson won for his efforts should ease the sting of defeat, if only slightly.