WEC 46: What We Learned

Greg ParfittCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2010

After another explosive night of WEC action I thought I’d take a look at we learned from the nights action.

WEC Set for growth in 2010

In a pre-show preview WEC president Reed Harris revealed his strategy for growth in 2010 revealing plans for shows in Canada (possibly Calgary) and Mexico City. The addition of a 125 weight class and plans to have their first PPV if they can build a big enough fight card.

Mackens Semerzier is a prospect despite loss

Despite a UD loss to the experienced Taurosevicius I still think Sermerzier showed enough promise that he can go forward in the division. Sermerzier just couldn’t stop the takedowns of Taurosevicius and was out worked by the Lithuanian all night. However Mackens came close with 2 submission attempts in the third that almost one the fight. and avoided his first career loss. He might learn more from this defeat!

Mike Brown is still an Elite level Featherweight

After a one sided defeat in losing his title to Jose Also, the former champ rebounded quickly with an impressive win last night. If there were any doubts about Mike Brown, he made an announcement of his determination to regain his title, by making short work of Morrison with a quick submission.

Kamal Shalarous joined the upper end of the WEC Lightweight Division

The ‘Prince of Persia’ was impressive with his 3rd win in a row and second in the WEC. The world class grappler gave Dave Jansen his first career defeat, with big punches and hard takedowns.

The Kid is back and in line to face Aldo

Faber looked impressive in his submission victory over the durable Assuncao. Hands healed he through good shots in a competitive contest that lasted until mid way through the third round. A title fight with Aldo makes sense for everyone involved and looks likely after the two exchanged words inside the cage.

How Smooth is “Smooth”? ………Very!!

Ben ‘Smooth’ Henderson unified his interim-title to become the undisputed WEC lightweight Champion with a slick submission on Varner. In a fight that was really very even up to that point, Henderson remained extremely relaxed and jumped a guillotine choke from knowhere to earn the win. 


Side Notes;

-       I thought the WEC again produced a nice broadcast and continue to improve in that area. They are now not far from the level of production that the UFC continually produce.

-       The Sacremento crowd was pumping

-       Despite my dislike for him, Frank Mir again proves he has a future in commentary.

-       Good showing for the WEC in Canada showing for the first time on The Score station.

-       Solid judging and officiating all night, always good to see no mishaps!