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WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone

WEC 38
  • Sunday 01.25.2009
  • U.S. Broadcast: Versus
  • Promotion: WEC
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: San Diego Sports Arena
  • Location: San Diego, California, United States
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • TV Announcers: Craig Hummer, Frank Mir
  • Ring Announcer: Joe Martinez
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Craig Hummer
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $486,324
  • Attendance: 10,201
  • TV Ratings: 702,000 viewers
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 10
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Honors & Awards

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  • Fight of the Night
    Jamie Varner vs. Donald Cerrone I   |   $7,500 bonus to each fighter
  • Submission of the Night
    Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver II   |   $7,500 bonus to Faber
  • Knockout of the Night
    José Aldo vs. Rolando Perez   |   $7,500 bonus to Aldo
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  • Josh Rosenthal
    Varner vs. Cerrone I (10)Villefort vs. Campbell (8)Henderson vs. Njokuani (6)Lennox vs. Avena (2)
  • Jon Schorle
    Faber vs. Pulver II (9)Aldo vs. Perez (7)Cruz vs. McCall (4)
  • Jason Herzog
    Garcia vs. Miura (5)Jorgensen vs. Gomez (3)

WEC 38 Wiki Update Wiki

Following his title loss at WEC 36, most fans believed Urijah Faber would return to take back the belt in 2009. At WEC 38, Faber returned to form, submitting previous opponent Jens Pulver in the first round to earn a shot at the championship belt he had lost. In the main event, Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner snuck out a Technical Split Decision victory over Donald Cerrone when he was hit with an illegal knee in the fourth round. Since Varner was unable to continue, the fight went to the judges’ scorecards.

Varner pullout from the fight after being hit with a glancing knee strike on the ground was the catalyst for a long and venomous feud between him and challenger Cerrone, who felt that Varner had taken an easy way out of a fight he had begun to lose.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:53 PM ET
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