Welcome to MMAFrenzy.com’s live coverage of WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone, which takes place tonight at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California
WEC 38 is headlined by a lightweight clash between 155-pound title-holder Jamie Varner and undefeated challenger Donald Cerrone. The event also features a rematch between former featherweight champion Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver.
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WEC 38 Main Card Play-by-Play
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JOSE ALDO VS. ROLANDO PEREZ
Round 1 — Hard leg kick by Aldo opens the action. Both fighters throwing crisp punches. Both fighters trade leg kicks. Aldo connects then attempts a head kick but it’s blocked. Perez grabs a kick but lets go. Perez countering with punches. Head kick attempt by Perez misses. Aldo moving forward with combinations and kicks. Perez content to counter but Aldo’s the better striker thus far, landing another combo punctuated by a kick. Aldo floors Perez with a knee and lands several unanswered punches to force the referee to halt the bout.
Jose Aldo def. Rolando Perez via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 4:15
After the stoppage Aldo immediately ran out of the cage and celebrated the victory in the stands.
MIKE CAMPBELL VS. DANILLO VILLEFORT
Round 1 — Strong kicks by both fighters in the opening seconds. Cambell sets up a takedown with a punch but Villefort quickly works for a submission on the canvas. Campbell picks him up and slams him back the ground to escapes but Villefort quickly locks in a kneebar. Cambell again escapes and both fighters return to their feet. Campbell puts Villefort down with a punch and follows into his guard but Villefort quickly looks for a submission. Villefort transitions to the top and gets Campbell’s back but is unable to do anything with the position. Campbell scrambles back to his feet and Villefort just misses with a kick. Cambell shoots for a takedown but Villefort trips into side control then takes mount. Campbell gives up his back and Villefort pounds away on Campbell’s head until the referee steps in.
Danillo Villefort def. Mike Campbell via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 3:53
URIJAH FABER VS. JENS PULVER
Round 1 — Both fighters miss with kicks in the opening seconds. Pulver catches a Faber kick and dumps him to the canvas but Faber keeps Pulver away and gets back to his feet. Right by Pulver connects then Faber shoots for a takedown but Pulver fends him off. Faber hurts Pulver with a body shot then puts him on the canvas with a knee to the body. Faber quickly secures a guillotine and Pulver taps.
Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver via submission (guillotine choke) — Round 1, 1:34
After losing his third-straight fight and fifth is his last six bouts, Pulver began crying when asked if he was still relevant in the featherweight division, resulting in a massive ovation from the San Diego crowd before he vowed to continue fighting.
JAMIE VARNER VS. DONALD CERRONE
WEC Lightweight Championship
Round 1 — After a tentative start Varner comes forward with a punch and Cerrone counters with a kick to the body. Cerrone counters with another kick then Varner returns the favor. A left stuns Cerrone and Varner shoots for the takedown and goes to work from Cerrone’s guard. High guard by Cerrone as the challenger looks to ser up a submission. Short punches from the top by Varner. Varner gets free and drops powerful punches on Cerrone. Cerrone remains active with his legs but Varner again escapes and works more ground and pound. Back in Cerrone’s guard Varner looks to pass to half guard. More ground and pound by Varner, who has caused a mouse to develop on Cerrone’s forehead. Free again, Varner stands and drops bombs but Cerrone escapes and returns to his feet to deliver knees to the body before the first round concludes. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Varner.
Round 2 — Kick by Cerrone opens the second. More kicks to the body but Varner gets the takedown and works from half guard. Cerrone gets back to full guard then pops back to his feet. Varner just misses with a power right. Kicks to the body connect for both fighters. Varner backs away but grabs a kick and gets Cerrone back to the canvas. Another ground and pound flurry by Varner from the top but Cerrone escapes and the fighters return to their feet. Cerrone works more kicks, focusing on the legs. Both fighters slipping punches through. Another big right attempt by Varner is avoided. Another takedown for Varner in the closing seconds and Cerrone locks in a triangle choke but time expires. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Cerrone.
Round 3 — Kicks and knee to the body by Cerrone and Varner continues to move forward and punch. Right to the body connects for Cerrone. Varner opens up a cut on Cerrone’s eye with a hard combination then gets a takedown. Guillotine attempt by Varner but Cerrone escapes immediately returns to his feet. Both fighters slip punches through their opponent’s defense. More strikes to the body for Cerrone. Varner shoots and gets Cerrone back to the canvas but is unable to do much before round ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Varner.
Round 4 — Head kick by Varner in the opening seconds of the fourth, but Cerrone doesn’t wobble. Varner backing away and Cerrone attempts a flying knee but it misses. Kick to the body by Varner. Combination lands for Cerrone. Varner thows a combo that sets up a successful takedown. Cerrone does a good job controlling Varner, who is limited to only mild ground and pound before the fighters stand up. Another successful takedown for Varner but upkicks by Cerrone keep him out of his guard temporarily. Varner works ground and pound from half guard but Cerrone limits the damage until the bell sounds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Varner.
Round 5 — The fighters hug in the center of the cage before the final round begins. Varner quickly shoots and again has Cerrone on the ground but they’re back on their feet quickly. Cerrone shoots and gets a takedown of his own and goes to work from half guard. Cerrone stands and illegally glances Varner with a knee while he’s on the ground. The bout is temporarily halted to allow Varner time to recover, but he’s unable to do so, complaining that he’s unable to see and the bout is waved off.
Because it was ruled an unintentional foul a decision will be handed down based on the scores of the four complete rounds as well as a score for the beginning of the final frame before the foul occurred.
Jamie Varner (c) def. Donald Cerrone via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46)
WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone Quick Results
- Jamie Varner (c) def. Donald Cerrone via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46)
WEC Lightweight Championship
- Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver via submission (guillotine choke) — Round 1, 1:34
- Danillo Villefort def. Mike Campbell via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 3:53
- Jose Aldo def. Rolando Perez via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 4:15
- Ben Henderson def. Anthony Njokuani via submission (guillotine choke) — Round 2, 0:42
- Edgar Garcia def. Hiromitsu Miura via TKO (punches) — Round 1, 1:18
- Dominick Cruz def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Scott Jorgensen def. Frank Gomez via submission (guillotine choke) — Round 1, 1:09
- Jesse Lennox def. Blas Avena via TKO (punches) — Round 2, 0:41
- Charlie Valencia def. Seth Dikun via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)