WEC 21: McCullough and Franca Victorious
HIGHLAND, Calif., June 15 — “Razor” Rob McCullough (Pictures) proved more than sharp enough
Thursday night before an estimated 2,000 fans at the San Manuel
Indian Bingo and Casino.
McCullough scored a hard fought stoppage over Ryan Healy (Pictures) when a cut forced the doctor at
ringside to call a halt to the bout 1:52 in the first of their
McCullough had his way with Healy from the get go, scoring
repeatedly with low kicks to the inner and outer thigh on Healy’s
lead left leg. It was apparent that Healy — whose background is
boxing — had no answers for the low kicks, as the effects of the
repeated blows began to show in his quickly developing limp.
Healy, on the wrong end of the stand-up exchanges, shot in for a
takedown but was rebuffed when McCullough circled off the cage and
away from the Reno, Nevada-based fighter.
In the next exchange McCullough landed a jarring elbow that sent
Healy careening to the canvas, where the “Razor” was quick to
McCullough said after the fight it was either the right hand or a
hammer fist that opened up the gash over Healy’s left eye that
eventually ended the contest.
Referee Herb Dean
(Pictures) called for the doctor to
check the cut, and despite pleas from Healy and his corner the
doctor waved off the fight, giving Huntington Beach’s McCullough
his sixth straight win and tenth in 11 fights.
Nathan Diaz (Pictures) controlled his match with the
always tough Joe Hurley
(Pictures) from the opening bell until
Hurley tapped out to a fight-ending triangle choke at 2:03 of the
second round. Diaz took the fight to the mat and spent the entire
first frame working within Hurley’s guard. Although there was not a
whole lot to show for it by way of damage, Diaz outclassed him
winning the first round 10-9 on the Sherdog.com scorecard.
The fight ending sequence began with Diaz jumping to guard with a
guillotine choke sunk in deep. Hurley — not one to tap early —
struggled his way out only to find himself in deeper trouble. Diaz
latched on with a triangle choke that caused Hurley’s corner to
throw in the towel after he went unconscious. Hurley actually woke
up and tapped out, officially ending the bout.
WEC lightweight champion Hermes Franca (Pictures) used his superior ground skills
to hold on to his belt after Brandon Olsen took him down to
open their title fight.
Franca avoided the majority of Olsen’s strikes and latched onto an
arm, forcing the challenger to tapout to the armbar. Franca retains
the WEC lightweight title with a submission win at 40 seconds of
the first round and appears poised to return to the UFC.
(Pictures) spent the first half of the
opening stanza of his fight trying to get back to his feet after a
Jimmy Ambriz (Pictures) takedown in the opening moments
of their heavyweight match. Once he did, Eilers pounded away at the
body of Ambriz with knees and punches, softening him up for the
following rounds. Sherdog.com scored the first round 10-9 for
It was a wise strategy, as Ambriz could not answer the opening bell
for the second round. The ringside doctor was seen examining
Ambriz’s left shoulder and Jimmy Lennon Jr. announced he had a torn
bicep tendon. Justin
Eilers (Pictures) wins by medical stoppage after
one round of action.
Brian Stann needed just 16
seconds to dispatch Miguel
Cosio (Pictures) in their bout scheduled for
three, three-minute rounds. The active duty Marine landed a series
of straight rights to the jaw of Cosio, the final one putting Cosio
down for good and gave Stann the TKO victory.
(Pictures) absorbed a couple right
hands from Adam Lynn
(Pictures) en route to a dominating
performance. “Cleat” dropped Lynn about a minute in to the bout
with a left high kick-straight right combination that would have
ended the fight against a lesser opponent.
Lynn struggled to regain his composure as Crunkilton continued to
unload to his downed opponent. Crunkilton continued to score with
takedowns and crisp strikes. Sherdog.com scored the opening frame
10-8 for Crunkilton.
The second period began with a seemingly revitalized Lynn landing a
big right hand that prompted “Cleat” to swing back wildly. In the
ensuing exchange, Crunkilton answered a Lynn elbow with one of his
own, depositing his foe to the mat. After a brief flurry from the
top, Crunkilton was able to attain the mount and eventually secured
the tap inducing rear naked choke at 1:20 of the second round.
In a back-and-forth affair, Joe
Martin (Pictures) and hometown favorite Mike Penalber (Pictures) battled for the entire nine
minutes of their three round bout. Highlights included a near
heelhook submission by Penalber as well as a couple of impressive
slam takedowns. The gritty Martin — who refused to give in to the
painful heel hook — did everything he could to answer but in the
end Penalber was just too much.
Officially the judges had it 2-1 (30-27, 30-27 and 28-29) in favor
of Mike Penalber
(Pictures). But judge Cecil Peoples
told Sherdog.com that his score of 29-28, which was read for Martin
when it was meant for Penalber, made what should have been a
unanimous decision into a split verdict. Sherdog.com scored all
three rounds for Penalber.
Kyle York defeated Jason
Glaza by referee stoppage at 46 seconds of the first round. York
jettisoned Glaza with a right hand that relieved him of his
faculties. This should have been a knockout but was announced as a
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