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The W - Sports that aren't Baseball, Football, Basketball, or Hockey - WEC: Pulver vs. Faber
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Since: 28.6.04
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.39
No WEC icon, but let's choose the UFC since it's all owned by the Fertittas anyway.

    Originally posted by Kwik (in the thread for EliteXC's "Saturday Night Fights")

    I'll give the WEC show on Versus tonight a look, and see if it's worth keeping up with this stuff, but I thought it was a decent show overall.


Man, I hope that you and anybody with a passing interest in the sport saw at least the last two fights on this card.

I'd put the Bantamweight Title Fight - Torres/Maeda - up there with the best fights I've ever seen. It had the heat and all the emotion necessary, and still it was a technical showcase at points. Both men locking each other in heel hooks simultaneously was one of the more surreal, yet awesome, moments in recent memory. Folks should go out of their way to seek this fight out, and I'm already pumped for a potential rematch between these two.

Faber/Pulver wasn't quite as good, but it was still pretty damn good. I realize that the talent pool in the Featherweight Division might not be the greatest, but the scariest thing about Faber are the new elements he brings to his already incredible game with each fight I see him in. And props to Pulver for taking a Hell of a beating for five rounds. This wasn't Gomi taking weak-ass jabs from Nick Diaz and not going down - Faber threw solid shots that had good strength and snap to them, as was evidenced by Pulver's head looking like that of a hammerhead shark in the post-fight interview. Good stuff.

I'm convinced that Urijah Faber's story is completely fabricated, and in reality he's just a robot built for fighting.

The early part of the show wasn't bad from what I could see, but unfortunately I had to show around and interview a potential new roommate who proceeded to hang out at the place for a bit afterwards, so I could only give it passing glances at best.



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Farber was incredible. How he went toe to toe with Pulver and was barely breaking a sweat at the end is beyond me. He's a beast. Good fight.

Unfortunately, that was the only one I saw. Silly Tivo messed up.
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That show was light years ahead of the Saturday Night crap this weekend. Even a casual MMA fan like myself could see that.

How the hell did Pulver stand in there, I think it was the 3rd round that he took a series of shots to the head that should have dropped just about anyone. (They would have stopped the fight at that point Saturday night).


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I am also a very casual MMA fan: I didn't watch the show on Saturday night, but I did catch the WEC card last night.

Faber/Pulver was a great fight, and I don't know how Pulver remained conscious either, but the co-main of Torres/Maeda was fight of the night for me -- the dueling heel hooks in Round 2 blew my mind, especially with Torres' ankle looking like it was going to snap.

Some great strikes in that fight, too, especially Torres' vicious knees.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.98
I just watched the card last night. Already knowing how both title fights were going to finish didn't make them any less exciting. After the spectacular Torres/Maeda war, I had no idea how in hell Faber/Pulver could be regarded as better by every review I had read. But if the former was a "war" then the latter was undoubtedly a "WAR!!!". If there had been a little bit more solid ground action, Faber/Pulver would be my pick for the best MMA fight I've ever seen.

The rest of the card didn't compare to the main events, but it was definitely solid, and in no way detracted from the card as a whole. A+ effect from WEC. I wish I got Versus so I could watch them more often.

A big reason for their success is that there isn't a big card every month, so they get to pack a lot of quality into each show. I doubt it will last if WEC rises in popularity, so let's enjoy it while we can.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.39
QUICK NOTE: For those who missed it the first time it aired on Versus, the channel is re-airing the event tonight at 7:00pm and again at 1:00am.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.98
For those who are curious to check it out now, the Faber/Pulver fight is pretty easily found via Google.

I forgot to add this before, but Frank Mir is incredible at color commentary. And I'm glad he's not doing the post fight interviews anymore. Once he retires from fighting, he's got a great future in MMA broadcasting if he wants it.



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I don't think it's going to be all that life-altering, unless they get some better close-ups than what I caught on TV. But speaking of Ashley, what the heck was up with that "And my man won from 13th(?) spot as a gentleman!" business?
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