Varner and Shalorus fought to a split draw according to the judges in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada this evening, although many ringside observers and fans at home would disagree with the ruling.
Varner had his way with Shalorus standing for the bulk of the first two rounds between the two heavy handed lightweights, utilizing an edge in speed and power with his punches to frustrate and rock “The Prince of Persia” on multiple occasions. Seemingly tipping the scales even further in Varner’s favor, Shalorus was docked a point in the second round due to a series of cringe-worthy kicks to the groin. Shalorus made a case for winning the third round after thrusting his foot into Varner’s groin one last time, securing a takedown and working some good old fashioned ground and pound for a large portion of the final frame.
When the dust had a chance to settle following three action packed rounds between the two it was revealed that the bout had been ruled a draw with one judge giving the bout to Varner via a score of 29-27, while another gave it to Shalorus 29-27, and the final judge ruled the bout even at 28-28.
In what should easily be ruled the fight of the night, Mark Hominick came back from being technically frustrated standing for the majority of the first round and rocked in the second round by fellow Canadian featherweight Yves Jabouin to stop his foe with a volley of strikes on the ground in an electrifying back and forth battle.
Josh Grispi confirmed the widespread belief that he is one of the top young fighters in the sport to keep an eye on with a nasty first round guillotine over the seasoned L.C. Davis that left the veteran completely unconscious.
Chris Horodecki bounced back from a defeat in his last bout with an impressive showing this evening against a green Danny Downes. Horodecki picked apart his game opponent at will standing before a third round rear-naked choke put the icing on the cake and the talented Shawn Tomkins fighter back in the winner’s circle.
A full list of results from WEC 49 is below:
Renan Barao def. Anthony Leone via submission (armbar) – Round 3
Chris Cariaso def. Rafael Rebello via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Diego Nunes def. Rafael Assuncao via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Eric Koch def. Bendy Casimir via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1
Wagnney Fabiano def. Frank Gomez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Will Kerr def. Karen Darabedyan via submission (armbar) – Round 1
Eddie Wineland def. Will Campuzano via TKO (strikes) – Round 1
Chris Horodecki def. Danny Downes via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3
Josh Grispi def. L.C. Davis via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1
Mark Hominick def. Yves Jabouin via TKO (strikes) – Round 2
Jamie Varner and Kamal Shalorus fight to split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)