Varner, Shalorus Draw In WEC 49 Main Event

World Extreme Cagefighting debuts north of the border tonight with WEC 49 at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Heavy.com will be bringing you live results from the evening’s card, beginning at 9 p.m. ET with results from the Versus broadcast.

The card features a main event between former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and the fast-rising contender Kamal Shalorus. Also on the card, Canadian featherweights Yves Lavigne and Mark Hominick face off, while top featherweight contenders Josh Grispi and L.C. Davis match up in a bout of their own.

Rounding out the main card, Canadian native and lightweight prospect Chris Horodecki will face Danny Downes, a late replacement for the card, while Eddie Wineland and Will Campuzano represent the 135-pounders as the only bantamweights on the main card.

Coverage of the card will begin with preliminary card results at 7 p.m. ET, followed by main card fight recaps as they happen at 9 p.m. ET. Full results can be found below.

Preliminary Card

Renan Barao def. Anthony Leone via submission (armbar) at 2:29 of Round 3.
Chris Cariaso def. Rafael Rebello via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Diego Nunes def. Raphael Assuncao via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Erik Koch def. Bendy Casimir via submission (triangle choke) at 3:01 of Round 1.

Wagnney Fabiano def. Frank Gomez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Will Kerr def. Karen Darabedyan via submission (armbar) at 1:20 of Round 1.

Main Card

Eddie Wineland vs. Will Campuzano

Bruce Buffer got the main card underway this evening, introducing  Wineland and Campuzano, who make up the lone bantamweight fight on the televised card. The two started off the fight making it apparent that neither was lacking in the speed department, but Wineland made the biggest impression in the first round, working angles and landing several big shots. Campuzano failed to establish much of a rhythm in the first five minutes, but did land several powerful leg kicks.

In the second, Campuzano made his gameplan clear, attacking the legs of Wineland. Wineland continued to use great head movement and used  solid angles, which gave him the edge once again. About midway through the round, the former 135-pound champion landed a powerful shot that clearly hurt Campuzano, who crashed to the floor and covered up. He somehow survived and stood up, throwing knees and kicks wildly. However, a vicious shot to the mid-section from Wineland crumpled Campuzano, leading to a second round stoppage. Wineland def. Campuzano via technical knockout at 4:44 of Round 2.

Chris Horodecki vs. Danny Downes

Immediately following the opening bell, Horodecki took the fight to Downes. The hometown fighter dominated his last-minute replacement of an opponent, constantly threatening throughout the first round with his submission game. By the end of the round, Horodecki had taken Downes to the floor a handful of times, gained the mount, and almost locked in two submissions. Needless to say, Horodecki had the much better round.

The second round was not much kinder towards Downes. Horodecki decided to engage on the feet and put together fluid combinations that left the seemingly exhausted Downes without an answer. As the clock ticked down, the losing fighter attempted to work combinations against Horodecki, but failed to do so without getting tagged with counters. The frustration began to show on the face of Downes, as the two fighters went to the third round of the lopsided affair.

Downes entered the third with the mentality of a madman, throwing wildly with a much better boxer in Horodecki. Surprisingly, Downes actually tagged his opponent several times, even forcing Horodecki to think takedown. When he did, Horodecki quickly moved to the back and looked for the submission. He worked a choke in and forced Downes to tap out to a deep rear naked choke. Horodecki def. Downes via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:09 of Round 3.


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