WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan” takes place tonight in Broomfield, Colo., with the main card telecast beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Versus. The event features WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his belt against top contender and former UFC lightweight Manny Gamburyan, as well as the long-awaited rematch between former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Other televised bouts include former 135-pound champ Miguel Torres against Charlie Valencia, and two featherweight bouts: Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia vs. Mark Hominick and Chan Sung Jung vs. George Roop.

ProMMAnow.com will provide live results and play-by-play commentary. Also check out our WEC 51 staff picks.

WEC 51 quick results:

MAIN CARD (Televised)

  • Jose Aldo (145) defeats Manny Gamburyan (145) by KO at 1:32 of round two
  • Donald Cerrone (155.5) defeats Jamie Varner (156) by unanimous decision
  • Miguel Torres (136) defeats Charlie Valencia (136) by submission at 2:25 of round two
  • George Roop (145) defeats Chan Sung Jung (146) by KO at 1:30 of round two
  • Mark Hominick (145) defeats Leonard Garcia (146) by split decision


  • Tie Quan Zhang (154) defeats Pablo Garza (154) by submission at 2:26 of round one
  • Mike Brown (145) defeats Cole Province (146) by TKO at 1:18 of round one
  • Chris Horodecki (155) defeats Ed Ratcliff (155) by split decision
  • Diego Nunes (145) defeats Tyler Toner (145) by unanimous decision
  • Antonio Banuelos (136) defeats Chad George (135) by unanimous decision
  • Demetrious Johnson (135) defeats Nick Pace (135) by unanimous decision

UPDATE: If you’ve just tuned in to Versus, hopefully you’re enjoying the end of a minor league football game. You know MMA is mainstream when it’s getting preempted by football.

WEC 51 play-by-play:

Leonard Garcia vs. Mark Hominick

Round 1 – After a feeling out period, Garcia goes for an overhand right that Hominick blocks fairly easily. A nice two jab, straight right combo from Garcia that almost connects, followed by a left to the body and a right hook. Hominick’s blocking but Garcia’s boxing looks solid. A big leg kick from Garcia stumbles Hominick, but Hominick catches Garcia with a nice straight shot that makes Garcia smile. Hominick is taking the center of the cage nicely and occasionally connecting with the jab. Another lunging overhand right from Garcia misses, Hominick moves back in with a couple of jabs. Hominick is using nice head movement and footwork to avoid most of Garcia’s shots. Nice jab from Hominick, but Garcia lands another leg kick. Garcia seemed to get sloppier with his strikes as the round went on, while Hominick looks more patient, but ProMMAnow gives Garcia the round 10-9.

Round 2 – Right at the start, Garcia again starts quick out the gates, throwing a four-punch combo, but nothing huge lands. Nice straight right from Hominick grazes near Garcia’s brow, followed by a body shot from Hominick. Straight right from Hominick, now a nice stiff jab. A one-two from Hominick results in a solid right catching Garcia in the cheek. Garcia lunges in with a left to the body, but Hominick blocks it easily. Garcia gets caught lunging in with a stiff jab from Hominick. Now Hominick is starting to catch Garcia with good jabs and the occasional right, and Garcia is starting to look a bit tired. Nice lead left from Hominick and Garcia whiffs with a counter combo. Garcia lands a nice right up the middle as the round ends, but Hominick looks to have taken the round with his patience and accuracy.

Round 3 – Same story so far this round, with most of Garcia’s strikes missing, but Hominick maybe not being aggressive enough. A couple of nice jabs from Hominick land, but Garcia lands a right hand. Good boxing from Hominick now; he backs Garcia up with a jab and after a feint he catches Garcia with a nice right hand. Nice left hook to the body from Hominick, while Garcia keeps winging wildly and missing. Nice right hand to the body now from Hominick as he’s really targeting the midsection. Hominick caught Garcia with a nice left counter that actually stumbles Garcia a bit. In the last minute, Hominick is easily outboxing Garcia and looks plenty fresh. ProMMAnow gives Hominick the fight 29-28.

OFFICIAL RESULT: 29-28 Hominick, 29-28 Garcia, 29-28 Hominick. It probably shouldn’t have been a split decision, but Hominick gets the deserved win.

Chan Sung Jung vs. George Roop

Round 1 – Good leg kick from Jung to start, Roop responds with a decent jab. Good front kick from Roop as Jung tries to close the distance on his taller opponent. A nice right hand, left hook from Jung almost connects and forces Roop to back up and keep circling. Jung lands a nice uppercut as Roop tries to bob and weave. Now Jung gets the clinch but breaks away after just a few seconds. Jung throws another overhand right in response to Roop’s jab. Jung again pushes in for the takedown but Roop does a nice job circling away and pushing Jung up against the fence, throwing a few body shots before separating into the middle. Jung is trying to find the range for his power punches, but Roop is doing a nice job with his reach advantage. Another overhand right from Jung just misses, and then Jung throws a front leg kick. Roop lands a jab as Jung tries to close the distance, and that pretty much sums up the round. It was close, but Roop is controlling the distance. ProMMAnow gives it to Roop 10-9.

Round 2 – Roop starts the round with another jab. With Jung standing in place trying to find a way in, Roop lands a nice high kick. Jung coaxes Roop into the cage and they have a nice flurry exchange, but nothing lands. OH MY! BEAUTIFUL head kick knockout by Roop. That was just a quick head kick from the front leg that found Jung’s chin and Jung is out cold. Excellent job by Roop finding his range.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Roop wins by KO at 1:30 of round 2.

Miguel Torres vs. Charlie Valencia

Round 1 – Torres has a 12 inch reach advantage. This should be interesting. Torres is sticking his lead hand out a lot but not throwing, and Valenica whiffs with a high kick. Couple of punches from Torres, but Valencia covers up. As Torres looks for the jab, Valencia lands a leg kick…Torres returns the favor. Now Torres gets Valencia to cover up and he surges forward with a series of punches. Valencia covers up, but Torres gets the clinch on the fence. Now back to the middle, and again Torres trying to establish that jab. An inside leg kick from Torres hits Valencia in the cup, so we’ve got a timeout. As the round comes to and end, Torres drops Valencia with a glancing blow and unleashes some vicious ground-and-pound, but Valencia stays covered up and protects his chin and actually reaches up for a single leg to get out of trouble as the horn sounds. 10-9 for Torres.

Round 2 – Valencia lands a jab, which is funny to see. Torres looking patient for the first minute. Now Torres catches Valencia with a couple of punches and a nice body kick, and Valencia is legitimately hurt this time. Valencia is turtled up and Torres tries to drop some elbows. Now Torres gets behind him and pulls him back, now looking for the RNC. Valencia defends for a bit and tucks his chin, but Torres uses his BJJ expertise and sinks in the choke and gets Valencia to tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Torres wins by submission at of round 2.

After the fight, Torres says he sees his recent setbacks as a chance to evolve and improve his wrestling. Asked whether he was at a crossroads in his career before this fight, Torres brushed that off and pointed out he’s only 29.

Donald Cerrone vs. Jamie Varner

Round 1 – Cerrone rushes out into Varner and both throw a couple of wild hooks and dive into the clinch. As they break, Cerrone lands a nice flying knee that rocks Varner, and Varner backs up. Cerrone tries to throw another flying knee, but Varner catches it and dumps Cerrone down. No slow start for Cerrone this time. Nice jab and leg kick combo by Cerrone. Varner has recovered but Cerrone is in control. Cerrone actually gets the takedown, but Varner pops back up against the fence. Varner finally lands some strikes, throwing a nice combo with his hands. The pace slows a bit as both fighters circle. The fighters clinch up in the middle of the cage and Cerrone almost lands a nice high kick as they separate. Varner appears to stumble after a punch from Cerrone and dives in for a takedown. Cerrone sprawls out nicely and Varner lands a decent right hand at the end of the round. 10-9 for Cerrone.

Round 2 – Varner counters an inside leg kick from Cerrone with a 1-2 that grazes the top of Cerrone’s head. Now Cerrone throws another nice leg kick. Nice jab to outside leg kick combo from Cerrone, who seems to be in control. Varner tries a left hook to the body to right hook combo, but Cerrone almost lands a left hook counter. Cerrone again gets the takedown by timing Varner’s aggression and getting the clinch and executing a nice throw. After almost getting north-south position, Varner gets back to his feet. Once again, a jab to low kick from Cerrone. Nice right hand to left straight combo from Cerrone connects. After an outside leg kick, Cerrone almost goes for another takedown but backs out of it. Beautiful outside leg kick turns Varner. That had to hurt. With less than 30 seconds left, Varner, perhaps knowing he’s in trouble, dives in for the takedown, but Cerrone shrugs it off. This is the polar opposite of their first fight, with Cerrone winning the first two rounds and feeling confident.

Round 3 – With a minute gone by in the third round, Varner is still having trouble figuring out how to get in range of Cerrone without getting caught. Varner lands a nice overhand right to counter a Cerrone leg kick, but Cerrone barely seems fazed. After an all-out one-two from Varner, Cerrone again dives in for the takedown…perfect timing. In Varner’s guard, Cerrone lands a nice short elbow. Cerrone tries to pass, but Varner scoots out and gets to his feet. Varner tries to wing a left-right hook combo and doesn’t come close. As the fight comes to an end, Varner tries to give Cerrone a congratulatory hug after a nice high five, but Cerrone pushes Varner off with his forearm. It looks like a scuffle is about to ensue as Varner runs back to his corner and Varner almost gives him a shove to the back but thinks better of it as the ref steps in. Another 10-9 round for Cerrone.

OFFICIAL RESULT: All three judges score it 30-27 for Cerrone.

After the fight, Cerrone says he is more than happy to have a rematch in Phoenix, the setting for a future WEC and Varner’s hometown.

Asked if the beef with Varner is over, Cerrone replied, “Aw, hell no. No way.”

Varner admitted that Cerrone’s fast, aggressive style at the beginning made a difference. “That was a different kind of Donald Cerrone,” he said. “Arizona is my hometown, I wouldn’t mind settling the score there.”

Jose Aldo vs. Manny Gamburyan

Round 1 – A one-two from Manny backs Aldo up, but he’s not hurt. Aldo takes the center now and Gamburyan circles. A nice knee to the body from Aldo lands. A jab to lowkick combo from Aldo lands. Manny tries to throw a 1-2, but Aldo backs out easily. Nice leg kick from Aldo lands flush. Kind of a slow, feeling out process going on. The crowd starts to boo a bit, but both fighters remain patient. Again, Gamburyan lunges in with a left hook, but Aldo dodges it easily. A jab from Aldo just misses but a low kick from Aldo buckles Manny. Another nice leg kick. Gamburyan tries to take the center, but Aldo lands a jab. After an exchange, Gamburyan pauses, perhaps looking for a timeout because of an eyepoke, but Herb Dean isn’t buying it. Gamburyan dives in for a single as the round ends, but Aldo defends it without trouble. 10-9 for Aldo.

Round 2 – Once again Gamburyan looks for the single and Aldo doesn’t have a problem stopping it. Aldo gets Gamburyan to cover up with a feint and throws an uppercut that just misses. Now Aldo catches Gamburyan with an uppercut as he ducked down and Manny is in trouble. Gamburyan is on all fours as Aldo circles to his back and pummels Gamburyan with a series of punches to the head to a limp Gamburyan.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Jose Aldo keeps his title with a KO at 1:32 of round 2.

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