WEC 31: Curran vs. Faber will go down as one of the best free MMA events ever shown on television (we’ll see how M-1’s Yarennoka! does on December 31st). There were three WEC Championships on the line as Doug Marshall put his Heavyweight title on the line against Ariel Gandulla. Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho defended his belt against Chael Sonnen and Urijah Faber took on challenger Jeff Curran for the WEC Featherweight title.
Here are the results for WEC 31: Curran vs. Faber:
Charlie Valencia def. Ian McCall by Submission (Guillotine Choke) in the 1st Round.
Brian Bowles def. Marcos Galvao by TKO (Strikes) in the 2nd Round.
Ed Ratcliff def. Alex Karalexis by TKO (Strikes) in the 2nd Round.
Bryan Baker def. Eric Schambari by Split Decision.
John Alessio def. Todd Moore by Unanimous Decision.
Doug Marshall def. Ariel Gandulla by Submission (Armbar) in the 1st Round.
Marshall was taken down early, but showed some impressive groundwork as he was trying to lock in a triangle choke. When Gandulla postured up to stay out of the triangle, Marshall made the necessary adjustments to sink in a nasty armbar that had Gandulla tapping in a hurry. Marshall retains his Light Heavyweight belt.
Paulo Filho def. Chael Sonnen by Submission (Armbar) in the 2nd Round.
Filho was in major trouble during the first round where it looked like Sonnen actually may have knocked him out. Sonnen landed a nice punch in the first that dropped Filho but he was in-between Sonnen’s legs as the referee couldn’t see it. Sonnen told the ref, “he’s out! he’s out!” but the ref told him to continue on. Filho’s striking was exposed during the fight as Sonnen was able to pick his shots. When the second round started, for some reason Sonnen wanted to take Filho down but he got caught in a nasty armbar. Although Sonnen didn’t tap, the referee may have caused some controversy by stopping the fight but Sonnen was in no position to get out of that armbar. Filho retains his Middleweight belt.
Jens Pulver def. Cub Swanson by Submission (Anaconda Choke) in the 1st Round.
After all the trash talking, specifically about Pulver’s un-evolved ground game. Swanson got himself caught in a beautifully applied anaconda choke that forced him to tap out early in the fight. Cub Swanson will be back, but up next for Pulver is title shot against Urijah Faber.
Urijah Faber def. Jeff Curran by Submssion (Guillotine Choke) in the 2nd Round.
Curran had Faber in trouble in the first round when he took Faber’s back and had a body triangle for most of the first round, but Faber was able to get out and survive the round. When the second round started, Faber turned it on and was able to cut Curran which turned the tide of the fight. Curran then went for a single-leg takedown but Faber with only one leg on the mat threw a flying knee that hit Curran right on the button and allowed him to sink in a guillotine choke on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and forced him to tap out.