by:  Jack Bratcher

World Extreme Cagefighting’s WEC: Faber vs. Brown took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 and these are the results.

WEC Featherweight Championship
Mike Thomas Brown defeats Urijah Faber by TKO in round 1 for the WEC Featherweight Title
non-title bouts:
Chael Sonnen defeats Paulo Filho by unanimous decision
Leonard Garcia defeats Jens Pulver by TKO (strikes) in round 1
Jake Rosholt defeats Nissen Osterneck by TKO (strikes) in round 2
Donald Cerrone defeats Rob McCullough by unanimous decision
Jose Aldo defeats Jonathan Brookins by TKO (strikes) in round 3
Rani Yahya defeats Yoshiro Maeda by submission (guillotine choke) in round 1
Carmelo Marrero defeats Steve Steinbeiss by Split Decision
Danny Castillo defeats Rafael Dias by TKO (strikes) in round 2
Aaron Simpson defeats David Avellan by KO in round 1

Jake Rosholt vs. Nissen Osterneck
Rd.1 – Osterneck comes out banging and Rosholt picks him up big and puts him down hard.  Rosholt with some ground and pound looking for the back.  Osterneck lands multiple punches to the face.  More and more shots from Osterneck connect.  Rosholt is an incredible collegiate wrestler but Osterneck is getting the better of the stand up.  Rosholt has Osterneck back on the ground now and lands a big knee to the ribs and another to the shoulder.  Big right hand by Rosholt from the standing position to the grounded Osterneck.  Elbows by Rosholt from side control.  Rosholt mounts the back of Osterneck.  Osterneck rolls to his back now.  Bell sounds.
Rd.2 – Leg kick followed by a nice punch from Osterneck. Osterneck goes for a kimura then switches to an armbar but Rosholt escapes. Rosholt has side control, looking for full mount. Osterneck gets back to his feet and is landing huge punches over and over to Rosholt. Rosholt shoots and gets the takedown and then the full mount. Osterneck gives up his back but is doing nothing but covering up. Ref warns him to do improve his position. He does not and the fight is stopped. Jake Rosholt defeats Nissen Osterneck by TKO (strikes) in round 2.

Leonard Garcia vs. Jens Pulver
(Garcia does the Jackson camp good luck “nipple tweak”. Uh-oh…no one has lost after doing that)
Rd.1 – Both guys come out banging. Nice right hand by Garcia. Nice combo by Garcia rocks Pulver. Wow. Garcia just put Jens Pulver down. Ref steps in at 1:12 after a huge combination and that is a shocker! That damn Jackson “niipple tweak” is no fucking joke. Geez. I had a feeling Garcia would probably win but I don’t think anyone was expecting it to go like this. Leonard Garcia defeats Jens Pulver by TKO (strikes) in round 1.

David Avellan vs. Aaron Simpson
Rd.1 – Avellan comes out and throws a few shots and Aaron Siimpson throws a huge right hand that lands right on the chin and Avellan is out with one shot.  18 seconds into round 1. That’s all folks.   Aaraon Siimpson defeats David Avellan by KO in round 1.

Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen
(Chael Sonnen is extremely pissed off going into this fight. It was supposed to be a title fight but the champ, Filho, did not make weight and therefore has robbed Sonnen from even the possibility of winning the title. With Filho stepping on the scales at seven pounds over one can only fathom that he is not motivated for this fight the way he should be. I’m predicting a Sonnen victory.)
Rd.1 – Filho shoots and Sonnen stuffs it. Filho still driving with his head on the mat. Sonnen stands and lands a punch. Filho shoots in and Sonnen moves out of the way, Filho ens up on his back with Sonnen throwing down punches from the standing position. Filho on his back trying to block Sonnen’s standing attack. Sonnen goes in to side position but gets back up. Filho trying to grab an arm as Sonnen throws in his punches. Filho rolls over and goes for a leg. Filho still on the ground trying to kicks Sonnen’s knees and the bell sounds.
Rd.2 – Filho with a leg kick and Sonnen answers with a punch.   Filho shoots and is stuffed.  Sonnen trips Filho to the ground.  Sonnen steps back and tell Filho to get up.  Filho shoots and eats a kick.  Filho looks slow and is eating jabs.  Filho tries to pull guard and gets slammed.  Sonnen has a nice jab working.  Filho throws a lazy left hand.  Filho shoots and gets sprawled again.   High kick from Filho is blocked and then a leg kick.  Bell sounds.
Rd.3 – Sonnen with a jab working. Filho shoots lazily and ends up on his back. Almost half the round is over and not a single shot has been thrown by either person, just stupid lazy jabs from Sonnen. Filho is doing nothing at all though not even lazily. One of the worst rounds in the history of MMA. If I had paid for a ticket I would demand my damn money back. Sonnen wouldn’t attack in this round just wanted to eek out a win and Filho threw maybe two punches the whole round and nothing else. Pathetic performance by Filho and disappointing third round performance by Sonnen.   Chael Sonnen defeats Paulo Filho by unanimous decision.

Urijah Faber vs. Mike Thomas Brown – Featherweight Title Fight

Rd.1 – They touch gloves. Left hook followed by a right by Urijah. High kick by Urijah is blocked. Brown comes in swinging and they clinch against the cage. Faber with a plum. Faber falls down from a slip. Left jab by Faber connects. Brown lands a huge left then Faber turns around and runs right into a big right hand by Mike Thomas Brown and Faber is dropped flat on his back. Faber turtles up and is trying to cover up as Brown throws huge punches from the back coming underneath Faber’s arm punishing Faber on the chin with numerous shots. Faber has no answer and the ref is forced to step in. Mike Thomas Brown defeats Urijah Faber by TKO in round 1 and wins the WEC Featherweight Title.

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