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· WEC 39: Brown vs Garcia Recap

· Article author: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Posted on 03/02 at 04:21 PM

In continuing with World Extreme Cagefightings's recent history, Sunday night's event was loaded with explosivness. WEC 39: Brown vs Garcia, which featured a Featherweight Championship bout against Mike Brown and Leonard Garcia, also saw several highly ranked contenders and a former champion compete.

In the evening's opening bout, Mike Pierce and Justin Haskins would spend the majority of the fight against the cage attempting to gain position. But in the end, Pierce would stop Haskins via TKO in the third round.

The next bout featured a strong back and forth fight against Mike Budnik and John Franchi. The two would battle to a split decision, with Franchi picking up the win.

Former Ultimate Fighter contestant Alex Karalexis would trade takedowns with Greg McIntyre until Karalexis would end the fight at the 4:19 mark, as the referee would step in to save McIntyre from more punishment while pinned against the cage.

Kenji Osawa vs Rafael Rebello recieved a smattering of boos as there was not much action. However, Osawa would earn a majority decision, likely based on the effectiveness of some of this kicks.

In another solid bout Johny Hendricks would use superior wrestling through the first two round to grab a decision victory over Alex Serdyukov. However, Serdyukov would make it interesting in the third.

In a shocker of sorts, world ranked contender Marcos Galvao would get rushed and knocked out by Damacio Paige in just 0:18 seconds. Galvao would be unresponsive for some time and would be removed from the cage on a stretcher.

The Danny Castillo vs Phil Cardella would render a curious split decision. While Castillo would control the standing exchanges, the majority of the fight would take place on the ground with Cardella doing a good deal of damage. However, two of the ringside judges saw the fight in favor of Castillo, with one giving the fight to Cardella.

The next fight saw two devastating punchers in Marcus Hicks and 'Razor' Rob McCullough. The two would rarely engage but when they would the flurries would come powerfully. Both fighters would be rocked on more than one occassion during the bout. But in the end, McCullough would earn a 29-29, 30-27, 29-28 Majority Decision.

Jose Aldo would make quick work of Chris Mickle on his way to a TKO victory. Aldo would end the fight with a huge flurry that saw him connect with a flying knee, a headkick, and a bevy of huge punches that wilted Mickle early in the first.

Ricardo Lamas would make his WEC debut on short notice, but would appear to be well prepared for crafty veteran Bart Palaszewski. Lamas would control all three rounds with Palaszewski only being able to score with an occasional kick. Lamas would cruise to an easy decision victory over a very game opponent.

In the Main Event of the evening, Mike Brown would make his first title defense since upsetting Urijah Faber back in November. He would face off with local favorite Leonard Garcia. Brown would put all his nay-sayers to rest with the first exchange of the fight. Garcia would try throwing a jab, as Brown would follow with a huge punch of his own. He would drop Garcia, and pounce on the wouldbe contender with an unending barage of ground and pound until he finally caught Garcia in an Arm Triangle causing the tap out at 1:57 of the first round.


  • Mike Brown def. Leonard Garcia via submission (head-and-arm choke) -- Round 1, 1:57
  • Ricardo Lamas def. Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jose Aldo def. Chris Mickle via TKO (strikes) -- Round 1, 1:39
  • Rob McCullough def. Marcus Hicks via majority decision (29-29, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Danny Castillo def. Phil Cardella via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Damacio Page def. Marcos Galvao via knockout -- Round 1, 0:18
  • Johny Hendricks dex. Alex Serdyukov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kenji Osawa def. Rafael Rebello via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
  • Alex Karalexis def. Greg McIntyre via TKO (punches) -- Round 1, 4:19
  • John Franchi def. Mike Budnik via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Mike Pierce def. Justin Haskins via TKO (punches) -- Round 3, 3:39


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