FIGHT! Facts & Rankings: WEC 51 – Aldo vs. Gamburyan
Jose Aldo displayed his dominance once again in finishing another opponent en route to defending his WEC Featherweight Championship. Below you’ll find full results of the last night’s fights as well as analysis of how the fights affected FIGHT!’s Rankings.
Jose Aldo def. Manny Gamburyan by KO (strikes) at 1:32 of Round 2 to retain the WEC Featherweight Championship.
Donald Cerrone def. Jamie Varner by unanimous decision.
Miguel Torres def. Charlie Valencia by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:25 of Round 2.
George Roop def. Chan Sung Jung by knockout (kick) at 1:30 of Round 2.
Mark Hominick def. Leonard Garcia by split decision.
Zhang Tie Quan def. Pablo Garza by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:26 of Round 1.
Mike Brown def. Cole Province by TKO (punches) of 1:18 of Round 1.
Chris Horodecki def. Ed Ratciff by split decision.
Diego Nunes def. Tyler Toner by unanimous decision.
Antonio Banuelos def. Chad George by unanimous decision.
Demetrious Johnson def. Nick Pace by unanimous decision.
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After another dominant win over a top-10 ranked opponent, WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo took his rightful spot in FIGHT!‘s Featherweight Rankings, jumping from #3 to #1; challenger Manny Gamburyan slips one spot from #7 to #8.
In other featherweight action, Mark Hominick slipped from #11 to #14 following his split decision win over Leonard Garcia, who moves from #25 to #24 with the loss. Former champ Mike Thomas Brown moves back into the top-20, from #22 to #20, following his win over previously unranked Cole Province, who enters our rankings at #53 after notching his third qualifying fight. Diego Nunes made a major move, from #32 to #13, with a win over previously unranked Tyler Toner, who enters our rankings at #32. In the night’s shocker, #43-ranked George Roop ended mega-hyped but unranked Chan Sung Jung’s night with a head kick, jumping to #24 in the process.
Two fights with top-20 implications took place in the WEC’s other marquee division, 135 pounds. Former champion Miguel Torres climbed back into the top ten, moving from #15 to #6 in our Bantamweight Rankings with a win over Charlie Valencia, who falls from #13 to #26. In undercard action, Antonio Banuelos slides up from #19 to #15 with his win over Chad George, who falls from #31 to #36.
In lightweight action, WEC nemeses Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner likely fought for the last time. Cerrone won the final installment by decision, moving ftom #35 to #24 in our Lightweight Rankings while Varner falls from #49 to #62. Chris Horodecki won a split decision over Ed Ratcliff, moving from #78 to #77, while Ratcliff slips from #97 to #100.
No other ranked fighters appeared on the card.