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Anthony Pettis’ highlight-filled title-win named WEC 53 “Fight of the Night”

The top writers in Hollywood could not have scripted a better ending to WEC’s run as a Mixed Martial Arts promotion than the scene unfolding Thursday night in Glendale, Arizona during the closing moments of the final fight in organizational history.

In an instant classic, Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis battled it out for twenty-five tough minutes with the closing moments featuring one of the most amazing kicks in MMA history as Pettis sprung off the fence and landed a flush flying head-kick sending “Smooth” to the mat. Though the force was not quite enough to finish Henderson, the exciting maneuver and resulting damage may have made the difference in winning the judges’ favor for the round and ultimately the WEC lightweight title, not to mention the attached opportunity to face the UFC 155-pound champion at some point in the near future.

The exciting offering from both was named the event’s “Fight of the Night”. News of the distinction, as well as the $10,000 bonus coming along with the evening’s awards, was announced at the post-event press conference.

“Knockout of the Night” went to Eddie Wineland for his first-round slam of opponent Ken Stone during the preliminary portion of WEC 53. The resulting damage was enough to eventually cause Stone to be carted out of the arena on a stretcher for precautionary reasons. Wineland improved his record to 18-6 with the impressive victory and has won his last four fights.

Meanwhile, a surprisingly quick defeat for former lightweight champ Jamie Varner produced “Submission of the Night” honors for All-American wrestler Shane Roller. The related finish came with a little more than a minute remaining in the opening round of their bout after the Oklahoman was able to lock in a Rear-Naked Choke based on Varner’s inability to shake Roller off his back with a slam.

PHOTO CREDIT – WEC

7 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    That was one of the sweetest kicks I’ve ever seen.

    Pettis has the level of striking and BJJ to give either Edgar or Maynard trouble when they finally meet up. Of course I thought Florian’s striking would give Maynard fits and BJ’s BJJ would be too much for Edgar, so it’s obvious what my predictions are worth.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I woke my wife up just to see the replay of the Showtime kick…

  • I went in to work late last night just so i could finish the Main event…Im so glad I did, I would’ve been pissed to have to hear about that kick second hand.
    What can I say I thought Ben didnt look quite like himself, maybe he was drained from the weight cut or maybe Pettis just connected a few too many convincing times resulting in Ben being rightfully skittish of the striking of Showtime. Great night, WEC couldnt have ended it any better.

  • Guthookd says:

    Holy shit. That was sick as hell. Even my 3 year old daughter went crazy when she saw that.

    That was a brilliant end to a great promotional run.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    man i’m gonna miss WEC so much, it was guarenteed entertainment, some of the best fights the last couple years have been from the WEC.
    Cant help feeling the UFC will slow the action down now
    i mean, fighters like Palaszewski, Shalorus, Jorgensen will struggle to make PPV prelims let alone the main card. would be nice if the UFC kept the lighter weights all on one card and left all the prima donna top draws for the ppv events
    Its obvious Cruz/Faber is gonna be the next 135 title fight, but will Zuffa let it ride as the main event on a ppv card? i’m guessing not
    i’m just bitter the WEC is being taken away from me, it was a complete package, even the guest commentators were cool, getting Jens and Stephan in there, thats another thing i miss from the UFC, they need to get a guest commentator in for at least one fight per show.

    Pettis kick was sublime, but so was Stephans commentry
    OH MY GOD HE JUST RAN UP THE WALL LIKE A NINJA!!

    fucking awesome

    fucking gutted

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    The wall walk kick was something special. It was ballsy to try but to land it and drop your opponent was incredible. A star was born with that kick.

  • BillyWarhol says:

    YUP!! awesomee**********

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