Founded in 2001 and purchased by Zuffa in 2006, World Extreme Cagefighting comes to an end tonight after 53 spectacular events. Coming to us live on Versus from the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona, it’s WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis. As always, FiveOuncesOfPain.com will provide live results, including a round by round recap of all the live fights.
The action is scheduled to get underway around 6:00 PM EST with the first preliminary fight of the night. The main card goes live on Versus at 9:00 PM EST.
WEC 53 is headlined by Ben “Smooth” Henderson defending his WEC Lightweight Title against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis with the winner receiving a UFC Lightweight Title shot in early 2011. The co-main event features WEC/UFC Bantamweight Title fight with “The Dominator” Dominick Cruz defending against Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen. Also on the card is an explosive lightweight showdown between fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki.
Here is a complete rundown of WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis results as they unfold
Renan Pegado def. Chris Cariaso via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Yuri Alcantara def. Ricardo Lamas via KO Round 1 (Strikes)
Danny Castillo def. Will Kerr via KO Round 1 (Strikes)
Eddie Wineland def. Ken Stone via KO Round 1 (Slam)
Brad Pickett def. Ivan Menjivar via Unanimous Decision
Shane Roller def. Jamie Varner via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Danny Downes def. Zhang Tie Quan via Unanimous Decision
Bart Palaszewski vs. Kamal Shalorus
Round One: Shalorus landed some strong hooks early and then hit a throw takedown on Palaszewski about 30 seconds in. Shalorus pounded on Palaszewski for about three minutes on the ground before Palaszewski was finally about to get to his feet. Both men threw a lot of leg kicks in the final minute but Shalorus’ had more power behind them. Good round for Shalorus on the feet and on the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Shalorus.
Roudn Two: They came out throwing leg kicks in this round but again Shalorus’ had more behind them. Shalorus tried to land one of his powerful hooks but Palaszewski easily avoided and countered with a short left hook a couple of times. Palaszewski put together better combinations and he landed a couple of grazing head kicks. Shalorus tried for a takedown about halfway through the round but Palaszewski stuffed it. Shalorus got a single and easily got Palaszewski down with about a minute and a half left. Palaszewski was able to get to his feet but ate some punches on the way up with about 20 seconds left. Close round but the takedown swung things in favor of Shalorus. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Shalorus.
Round Three: Shalorus stumbled Palaszewski early but Palaszewski was able to shake things off. Shalorus got a takedown about a minute and a half in but Palaszewski got up and landed a good knee. Palaszewski really started to open up on the feet after getting up from the takedown and Shalorus started slowing down. Palaszewski putting together good combinations but then Shalorus was able to get a takedown with just over two minutes remaining. Palaszewski was able to take limited damage and get up with about a minute left. Palaszewski landed a big head kick and a flush knee as Shalorus shot in. Palaszewski backed Shalorus up to end the round but didn’t landed as much as he probably could have. Another close round but Palaszewski did more damage overall. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Palaszewski but the fight 29-28 for Shalorus.
Result: Kamal Shalorus def. Bart Palaszewski by Split Decision
Donald Cerrone vs. Chris Horodecki
Round One: Quick start by both men but Cerrone caught Horodecki with a groin kick that caused a short break before Horodecki was ready to fight on. Horodecki tried to counter Cerrone but was too slow. Cerrone got a takedown but Horodecki was able to get up as Cerrone went to mount. Cerrone kept looking for a knee to the body when Horodecki would come in and landed it a couple of times. Horodecki did a nice job working the body with hooks. Horodecki tried a takedown off the knee, got it, but Cerrone got up and landed a head kick. Cerrone tried a takedown but Horodecki threw him down, avoided a couple of submissions, ate some hammerfists, and got up. Cerrone got a takedown and slipped to the back with about 20 seconds remaining but didn’t have enough time to work. Close round but Cerrone was more active, had better positions, and likely did more damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone.
Round Two: Horodecki got an early takedown but Cerrone went for multiple submissions but couldn’t quite lock anything up clean. Cerrone finally managed to lock up a clean triangle and after trying his best to fighting it off, Horodecki eventually had to tap out.
Result: Donald Cerrone def. Chris Horodecki via Submission Round 2 (Triangle Choke)
Dominick Cruz vs. Scott Jorgensen
Round One: Cruz using a lot of movement early and tagging Jorgensen, who is just a bit slow on his counters. Jorgensen tried a takedown after taking a knee to the body but Cruz stuffed it. Cruz started to work a lot of low kicks and really starting to put good combinations together as Jorgensen continues to struggle to catch up to Cruz’ movement. Jorgensen managed a late takedown and got the back but Cruz slipped out the back door and ended up on top as the round ended. Clear round for Cruz, who picked apart Jorgensen on the feet. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.
Round Two: Cruz really working the jab to start the round and countering with a good right hook when Jorgensen throws. Cruz’ nose appears to be busted. Cruz managed a takedown with just over three minutes left in the round. Cruz landed some short body shots and good elbows in the guard of Jorgensen. Jorgensen got up with about 30 seconds remaining. Cruz landed a flying knee and tried for a takedown but Jorgensen stuffed it and grazed Cruz with a head kick as the round ended. Another clear round for Cruz who continued his masterful striking and did some damage on the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.
Round Three: Cruz landed a short right that dropped Jorgensen but Jorgensen managed to get up before Cruz could pounce on him. Cruz continues with his brilliant movement and combinations and Jorgensen struggles to keep up. Jorgensen tried pressing the fight more this round but Cruz was able to move and counter while also avoiding the big punches of Jorgensen. Cruz got a takedown and did some damage but Jorgensen hit a sweep and briefly had the back before Cruz spun out. Another clear round for Cruz, just putting on a striking clinic right now. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.
Round Four: Cruz lands a couple of strikes before getting a very early takedown. Cruz controlled Jorgensen on the ground and landed some short punches for almost two minutes before Jorgensen was able to get up. They spent a short period in the clinch but neither was able to get an advantage or do damage. Cruz got another takedown and passes to side control but Jorgensen managed to get up. After missing on the feet, Cruz got a late takedown and ended the round on top. More dominance by Cruz in this round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Jorgensen.
Round Five: Jorgensen needs a finish in this round. Jorgensen tried to be aggressive early but Cruz slipped everything and countered. Cruz not slowing down one bit and actually picked up his pace a bit, throwing more body kicks and still putting together combinations. Jorgensen managed a takedown but Cruz popped right back up. Cruz landed a big takedown with just under two minutes remaining. Cruz seemed did minimal damage on the ground before letting Jorgensen up and continuing his striking clinic. Clean sweep for Cruz. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 and the fight for Cruz and 50-45 for Cruz.
Result: Dominick Cruz def. Scott Jorgensen via Unanimous Decision
Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis
Round One: Slow start to the fight with both men feeling each other out. Henderson exploded with a flurry, which he used to get a clinch. Henderson landed some short knees to the thighs while Pettis yawned, so Henderson got a takedown. Pettis tried for a triangle, Henderson avoided it, but then he pushed away and got up. Henderson went for a superman punch but Pettis caught him with a right hand that seemed to rock him. Henderson got a takedown and ended the round on top though. Slow start but things picked up on the takedown. Henderson gets the nod for the takedowns. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.
Round Two: Pettis dropped Henderson early with a right hand and pounced on him but Henderson survived and got to his feet. Henderson slowed things down by clinching but Pettis slipped away. Stephan Bonnar on commentary notes that Henderson may have tripped more than got dropped by the right hand early. Pettis more aggressive but not landing clean. Henderson doing a nice job controlling the pace with clinches. Pettis caught Henderson with a groin kick but Henderson shook it off and fought on. Neither man connecting on the feet as the round ends. Very close round but Pettis will take it thanks to what was a perceived knockdown early, he was more aggressive, and the fact that not much really happened that round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Pettis
Round Three: Pettis stalking but not throwing. Pettis managed a takedown and as Henderson tried to scramble, Pettis got his back. Henderson stood with Pettis on his back. Pettis landed some big body shots as Henderson used both his arms to block the one arm of Pettis from choking him. Pettis continued to land short body shots and uppercuts while hanging onto the back of Henderson. Henderson started to knee the thigh but Pettis stayed on the back. The round ended with Pettis dropping off the back and throwing a body kick. Easy round for Pettis, who spent almost the entire round on the back of Henderson. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Pettis.
Round Four: Henderson pressed forward with a flurry, went for a takedown, and almost got caught in a guillotine but he was able to spin out and end up on top. Henderson got the back of Pettis on the scramble, worked for a rear naked choke, and almost secured it but Pettis survived. Pettis was able to turn into the guard of Henderson and get his back as Henderson tried to stand. Henderson got up and to his feet though. Excellent back and fourth sequence. Henderson went for a takedown and Pettis went for a guillotine but Henderson moved to half guard. Pettis got full guard with the guillotine but the round ended. Very close round. Both men survived close submission attempts and Henderson did a nice job on the feet going to the body of Pettis. 5OZ scores the round 10-10.
Round Five: Pettis caught Henderson with a groin kick early but Henderson shook it off and fought on. Big combo by Pettis after he took a body kick. Pettis looking very confident on the feet now. Henderson slipped trying to shuffle but Pettis couldn’t take advantage of it. Henderson shot for a takedown, ate a flying knee, but managed to hang on and finish the takedown. Henderson got the back after avoiding a triangle but Pettis able to escape again and get back on the feet with 90 seconds left. Pettis ran up the cage, landed a head kick, and dropped Henderson. THAT WAS AMAZING! Pettis tried to finish but Henderson survived despite taking some hammerfists. Henderson got up as the round ended. Close round until Pettis landed that kick, which secured him the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Pettis and the fight 49-47 for Pettis.
Result: Anthony Pettis def. Ben Henderson via Unanimous Decision