WEC 53 Wrap-up and Bonuses

WEC 53 in Glendale, Arizona delivered all that was to be expected from the promotion’s final card.  A new and last Lightweight Champion was crowned in Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, who will go on to face the winner of the Edgar-Maynard match-up in a UFC title unification bout in 2011.  In the co-main event attraction of the night, Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz successfully defended his title as he put on another five-round clinic to defeat Scott Jorgensen via Unanimous Decision and capture the first ever UFC 135-pound strap.

WEC awarded its customary $10,000 bonuses to the night’s top performers, who were announced by general manager Reed Harris at the post-fight press conference. 

WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis Bonuses

Fight of the Night: Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis
KO of the Night: Eddie Wineland
Sub of the Night: Shane Roller

Full Results (via FightoftheNight.com):

Main card:

Anthony Pettis defeats Ben Henderson by unanimous decision (48-47 x2, 49-46)

Dominick Cruz defeats Scott Jorgensen by unanimous decision (50-45 x3)

Donald Cerrone defeats Chris Horodecki by submission (triangle choke) at 2.43mins of Rd2

Kamal Shalorus defeats Bart Palaszewski by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)


Danny Downes defeats Zhang Tie Quan by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)

Shane Roller defeats Jamie Varner by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3.55mins of Rd1

Brad Pickett defeats Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Eddie Wineland defeats Ken Stone by KO (slam) at 2.11mins of Rd1

Danny Castillo defeats Will Kerr by TKO at 1.25mins of Rd1

Yuri Alcantara defeats Ricardo Lamas by KO at 3.26mins of Rd1

Renan Barão defeats Chris Cariaso by submission (rear naked choke) at 3.47mins of Rd1

Photos: Yahoo! Cagewriter


  1. Avatar of joelsephw420


    December 17, 2010 at 9:28 am

    good event all around i think

  2. Avatar of Rigo


    December 17, 2010 at 9:35 am

    they should have replace Shalorus vs Bart Palaszewski for Varner vs Roller in the main event! the undercard was better than the first 2 fights of the main event!

    But the Main and Co Main event Deliver were EPIC!!
    they made History in MMA!

  3. Avatar of godsofwararise


    December 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

    What a way for the WEC to go out. This was probably their greatest card ever; respect to all of ‘em and hopefully we’ll see these guys taking over in the UFC.

  4. Avatar of Scrappler23


    December 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Best WEC event I have seen so far

  5. Avatar of whitey


    December 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Great night of fights!

    I’m looking forward to when these guys win fight of the night and take home more than 10k.

  6. Avatar of sonny86


    December 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    WOOOW what a night and what a great end of an era!!!!
    i will realy miss the WEC…!!!! :-(

    now tell me when the UFC put together such a show???
    maybe only UFC 116.. cause this one was the shit!!!


  7. Avatar of MAMBA24ILL


    December 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    WEC went out with a bag even thought their biggest names, Aldo or Faber, weren’t on the card.

  8. Avatar of Chief Don

    Chief Don

    December 18, 2010 at 4:11 am

    WEC seems to have saved their best show for last.
    3 wham-bam ko’s
    3 upsets
    3 dandy subs
    a highlight kick in an upset change of belts
    3 competitive decisions
    and a new UFC champ
    if every card had been this good

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