Brown goes down!

Photo by Chris Cozzone
Photo by Chris Cozzone

Results by Brady Crytzer

In front of a capacity crowd at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas, 23 year old Jose Aldo TKO’ed Mike Brown to become the WEC featherweight champion in the second round of their scheduled five round contest. Brown had difficulty dealing with the trademark speed of Aldo in the first round as he attempted to close the distance and take his opponent down. In the second round the more confident Aldo began to unload with hard punches until he stunned Brown and took him to the mat. Once on top Aldo delivered a barrage of punches until the fight was stopped at the 1:20 mark.

In a featherweight showdown former Season Five finalist of The Ultimate Fighter Manny Gamburyan defeated Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision. Scores read 30-27, and 29-28 twice.

After three rounds of furious action WEC newcomer Karen Darabedyan upset former lightweight champion “Razor” Rob McCullough via split decision. Judges’ scorecard read 30-27, and 29-28 for the winner Karen Darabedyan. One judge scored the bout 30-27 in favor of McCullough.

In a battle of lightweight contender Shane Roller overcame two rounds of adversity to submit Danny Castillo with a rear naked choke. The tap came at 3:32 of the third round.

Lightweight Kamal “The Prince of Persia” Shalorus needed just 1:26 to TKO Will Kerr in his WEC debut.

Featherweight Cub Swanson battled for three grueling rounds with John Franchi before sinking in the fight ending guillotine choke with just ten seconds left in the fight. The official time of the stoppage was 4:50 of round three. Featherweight L.C. Davis pulled off the night’s first upset when he defeated Diego Nunes via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 30-26. Antonio Banuelos was awarded a three round unanimous decision over Kenji Osawa in a bantamweight feature. All three judges saw the bout the same, 29-28. In a lightweight bout Ricardo Lamas defeated James Krause on all three scorecards 30-27 giving him the unanimous decision victory. Bantamweight Frank Gomez scored a three round unanimous decision over Seth Dikun via unanimous decision. Scores read 30-27 and 29-28 twice.

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