Results by Brady Crytzer
In front of a nearly sold out Arco Arena in Sacramento, WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown successfully defended his title in a highly anticipated rematch with “The California Kid” Urijah Faber via unanimous decision. Though the fight was highly competitive, Brown controlled all five rounds with explosive takedowns and heavy punches. Following the second round, Faber complained of a broken right hand and his punch output decreased substantially. Faber was reduced to throwing elbows exclusively and Brown easily outpointed him. Judges’ scorecards read 49-46 twice and 48-47.
In one of the most incredible performances of the year, featherweight hopeful Jose Aldo knocked out Cub Swanson in stunning fashion with simultaneous jumping knees just 8 seconds into the first round.
Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone made quick work of a debuting James Krause by submitting him in the first round with a rear naked choke. The official time of the stoppage was 4:38.
MMA legend Jens Pulver may have had his last hurrah as he was quickly submitted by the 20 year old John Grispi in the first round. The guillotine choke forced the tap at :33.
Bantamweight Rafael Rebello used slick jiu jitsu to hand Kyle Dietz his first professional loss via rear naked choke at 2:55 of the first round. Lightweight Anthony Pettis displayed nearly his entire jiu jitsu arsenal en route to submitting Mike Campbell in just 1:49. Antonio Banuelos scored a three round split decision over Scott Jorgenson in a spirited 135 lb. battle. Frank Gomez finished Noah Thomas late in the second period with a tight arm triangle at 3:12. Bantamweight Seth Dikun submitted Rolando Perez with a tight triangle choke at 2:30 of the first round.