Rob McCullough came away the victor in the main event of the evening when referee Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight in the first round because of a cut over Ryan Healy’s left eye. Nathan Diaz put Joe Hurley to sleep with a triangle choke, forcing Hurley’s corner to throw in the towel during the middle of the second round. Hurley actually woke up and then proceeded to tap but the fight was already over.
Hermes Franca defended his WEC lightweight title for the last time before going over to the UFC, submitting Brandon Olsen with an armbar. Justin Eilers continued his winning ways has his opponent, Jimmy Ambriz was unable to answer the bell for the second because of a shoulder injury. The ringside doctor quickly found that Ambriz had a torn bicep tendon.
Current WEC lightweight champion Hermes Franca will make his return to the UFC on July 8th at UFC 61, taking on Roger Huerta.
“I got a call from Joe Silva like Monday, so I could not cancel this WEC fight,” explained Franca. “I won my first fight in 2006 in the WEC. Scott Adams has been good to me and I have the belt, so I want to do a good job for them and fight.”
“In the UFC, there’s a lot of young, tough guys,” commented Hermes. “Mark Hominick, Jorge Gurgel, Spencer Fisher… they’re coming on, so what can you do? It will be like the old man versus the new kid.”
Today the WEC announced that Wes “The Project” Sims has volunteered his services to fight on the WEC Benefit Show. The WEC stated that all fighters will receive one hundred dollars with their travel and accommodations being cover. Sims has waived the one hundred dollars and decided to compete free of charge.
Last week the MMA community suffered a great lost when Ryan Bennett was involved in a tragic car accident that claimed his life and injured his wife and four kids. The WEC has decided to host a benefit show in Ryan Bennett’s honor with all proceeds being donated to Ryan’s wife Tonya.