What We Learn’t From WEC 53

Eddie Wineland Ain’t No Joke

What do you think Ken Stone was thinking whilst crashing through the air en route to a slam by Eddie Wineland. Making your debut against an ex-champion must have seemed like a perfect way to announce yourself to the world of MMA. Except what he found out was that Wineland was a savage who was on a four fight win streak for a reason. Back to the drawing bored….

 

Representing the UK to the fullest – Brad Pickett

How unlucky are Brad Pickett and Ivan Menjivar for not winning “Fight of The Night” at WEC 53? They put on a fantastic fight and neither man was willing to back down to the other. Pickett showed that he’s in the top tier of the bantamweight fighters and is certainly capable of getting a title shot in 2011. Much respect to Menjivar as well as he showed how much of bad ass he is as well.

 

Goodbye Jamie Varner? Hello Shane Roller!

Everyone knows that Uncle Dana is looking to give a bunch of fighters the pink slip, now that the merger with the WEC has happened. Either one of these fighters could have been let been let go with a loss. Varner looked pretty sharp until Roller locked in a fight ending rear naked choke. Does Varner get a pink slip or does he get one fight in the UFC? Who knows, but what we do know is that Shane Roller is going to the UFC in 2011.

 

Doing it for the little guys

Would it be safe to say that Dominick Cruz is one of the most awkward fighters in the world at the moment. His footwork is ridiculous, the angles he hits his opponents with are something to behold and he’s faster than the roadrunner. Sadly for Scott Jorgensen, he looked out his depth against Cruz. You’ve got to love the fact that Cruz called out Faber in what would be a fantastic fight.

 

Anthony Pettis – The New Phenom

I’ll throw superlatives around such as “amazing” , “awesome” and “fantastic” all day, but it’s very rare that I use the phrase “Phenom” with a fighter. That word should be used lightly with fighters, but I’ll throw it out there. Anthony Pettis is Phenom. His performance last night against an incredilby tough, durable and dangerous Ben Henderson.

He nearly got tapped with a rear naked choke, but Pettis showed a toughness that all champions must be made of. I don’t think there’s much more that I can say about that kick that no-one else hasn’t said. Both fighters came to finish and showed the world why we’ll miss  the WEC so much.

 

R.I.P WEC

Thankyou for Everything

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