I'll start with the main event. Most of the title bout between Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone was exciting and fun to watch. Cerrone displayed relentless determination and Varner was impressive in taking Cerrone down and inflicting damage to a fighter that's extremely dangerous off his back. Unfortunately, the fight ended due to an unintentional, but illegal knee, to the head of Varner. Most would agree that the champion was ahead at that point though one judge did score the match in favor of Cerrone. I must echo the sentiments of those who believe that the fight was rightly stopped. It was the only possible conclusion, given Varner's reaction to the blow. Only Varner knows what he was physically feeling, and we must, as fans of MMA, respect that and realize that the safety of the fighters is of paramount importance. Hopefully, a rematch between the two will occur in the near future.
Jens Pulver didn't look good at all. He really needs to re-evaluate his preparation, and maybe look at whether or not he still wants to fight. Faber looked sharp, but I'm not sure we learned much from the match.
Danillo Villefort showed some amazing skill on the mat en route to a ground and pound stoppage win. Jose Aldo is a seriously dangerous striker who adds even more depth to an already stacked featherweight division. I look forward to seeing both Villefort and Aldo take on the best in their respective divisions.
The worst aspect of the night's event was the late start and the absolute barrage of commercials thrown at Versus viewers. The fact that we had to endure an entire 30 minute installment of Sports Soup shows just where WEC live events rank in the programming scheme. Come on, Sports Soup is a taped show that's shown over and over again. Would CBS or FOX preempt an NFL game to show a Seinfeld rerun? I realize that the WEC isn't the NFL, but Versus isn't a big time broadcaster, either. To make matters worse, viewers were denied the opportunity to watch five other undercard fights and instead were fed commercials ad nauseam.
The WEC really needs to be concerned about the watering down of their product. The promotion had some stellar cards that really raised the bar in regard to fan expectations. The last couple of events, starting with WEC 36, haven't quite lived up to what WEC fans have become accustomed to. Some of that was unavoidable. However, I would like to see more undercard fights like Cerrone/McCullough which went unaired during WEC 36. There seemed to be more than an adequate amount of time to air a couple of additional undercard matches tonight. Those additions would have certainly bolstered the overall WEC 38 product.
Oh, there's one more thing. The crowd absolutely sucked. They booed everthing and everyone except Donald Cerrone and Urijah Faber. It was completely deplorable behavior by many in attendance.