(Varner was looking to get back on a title track but that will have to wait. Props to WEC.tv.)
Barring the main event, the WEC put on another satisfying night of fights in Edmonton, and if our rankings are any indication, the card set matchmaker Sean Shelby up with several legitimate bantamweight title challengers. Full results, updated rankings, and FIGHT! Pick recaps are below.
Jamie Varner vs. Kamal Shalorus declared a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28).
Mark Hominick def. Yves Jabouin by TKO (strikes) at 3:21 od Round 2.
Josh Grispi def. L.C. Davis by technical submission (guillotine choke) at 2:33 of Round 1.
Chris Horodecki def. Danny Downes by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:09 of Round 3.
Eddie Wineland def. Will Campuzano by TKO (strikes) at 4:44 of Round 2.
Will Kerr def. Karen Darabedyan by submission (armbar) at 1:20 of Round 1.
Wagnney Fabiano def. Frank Gomez by unanimous decision.
Eric Koch def. Bendy Casimir by submission (triangle choke) at 3:01 of Round 1.
Diego Nunes def. Rafael Assuncao by split decision.
Chris Cariaso def. Rafael Rebello by unanimous decision.
Renan Barao def. Anthony Leone by submission (armbar) at 2:29 of Round 3.
WEC General Manager Reed Harris handed out $10,000 bonuses after WEC 49; Mark Hominick and Yves Jabouin took hom “Fight of the Night,” Eddie Wineland scored the “Knockout of the Night,” and Josh Grispi grabbed “Submission of the Night.”
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Mid-level lightweights duked it out at WEC 49 – Jamie Varner maintained his #34 ranking following his split draw with unranked Kamal Shalorus, Chris Horodecki climbed from #84 to #69 in our Lightweight Rankings after his win over unranked late replacement Danny Downes, and Karen Darabedyan entered our rankings at #111 after his loss to unranked Will Kerr – but as usual most of the relevant movement took place in the bantam- and featherweight divisions.
At Featherweight, Josh Grispi jumped from #12 to #4 after finished LC Davis, who dropped from #8 to #20. Mark Hominick moved from #17 to #12 after stopping unranked Yves Jabouin. Eric Koch enters our Featherweight Rankings at #25 after defeating unranked Bendy Casimir and Diego Nunes moves from #35 to #28 after beating once highly-ranked Raphael Assuncao, who slides from #28 to #37 after dropping his second straight.
At 135, Wagnney Fabiano moves into the Bantamweight top five, #5 actually, as he is reassigned permanently to the division. The man he beat, Frank Gomez, falls from #11 to #16. Coming in right behind Fabiano, moving from #9 to #6 with his defeat of Will Campuzano, who takes up #22 in the Bantamweight Rankings following the loss. Two fighters entered the blue cage unranked and left as new members of the top 25 – Chris Cariaso comes in at #10 with the win and Rafael Rebello enters the rankings at #21. Renan Barao and Anthony Leone remain unranked.
We rebounded from the TUF 11 Finale disaster with a solid night of picks, and our one mistake is not one we feel particularly bad about. We are now 62-34 with our picks in 2010.
Jamie Varner (-170) vs. Kamal Shalorus (+140)
FIGHT! Pick: ShalorusResulting Outcome: PUSH
Mark Hominick (-160) vs. Yves Jabouin (+130)
FIGHT! Pick: HominickResulting Outcome: CORRECT
Josh Grispi (-210) vs. LC Davis (+170)
FIGHT! Pick: GrispiResulting Outcome: CORRECT
Will Campuzano (+185) vs. Eddie Wineland (-225)
FIGHT! Pick: WinelandResulting Outcome: CORRECT