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WEC 53 Bonuses: Roller, Wineland, Pettis & Henderson with 10K Wins

Written on December 17, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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WEC 53 marks the end of the WEC era. Next year, WEC and sister company UFC will merge into one. WEC 53 fighters bagged stashes of cash for their action-packed performances.

Eddie Wineland, Shane Roller, Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson lead the “Fight Night” bonuses for their performances at Thursday’s WE3 52 event. Each fighter earned a whooping $10,000. Wineland is awarded “Knockout of the Night” award, while Roller bagged the “Submission of the Night” bonus, and Pettis and Henderson earned “Fight of the Night” honors. […]

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WEC 53 Results

Written on December 17, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The ultimate WEC event has come to its end, as the winners of the event are declared. With WEC merging with UFC, a new bantamweight champion was named and a new lightweight contender is called.

The last World Extreme Cagefighting’s historic and promotion-ending event has officially come to its terminal point, and the WEC 53 results are in. The WEC 53 features a championship doubleheader that took place at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Last night’s WEC event highlights a lightweight title match between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis. In addition to this, Bantamweight kingpin, Dominic Cruz, puts his title on the line as he locked horns with Scott Jorgensen. Due to the UFC-WEC merger, the winner of Henderson vs. Pettis bout will get a UFC lightweight title shot, while the triumphant fighter of Cruz vs. Jorgensen will be crowned as UFC’s first 135-pound champion.

Who among your favorite WEC fighters took home the jackpot, and who went out of the cage empty-handed? The complete WEC 53 results are posted after the jump.

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Dan Henderson, Not Yet Retiring

Written on November 18, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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" I don't feel like it's a do-or-die situation. I am not going to retire if it doesn't go my way, but I feel very confident in my training for this fight. Hopefully it won't be an issue." ---Dan Henderson

Albeit next month’s main event and rematch with Renato Sobral is a big fight for Dan Henderson, it is unlikely to be his final bout. After failing to win the Strikeforce Middleweight title, Henderson moved back to light heavyweight en route to Strikeforce’s December 4 match.

Dan Henderson left UFC in late 2009, and headlined Strikeforce’s return to the CBS airwaves last April. Unfortunately, reigning champion Jake Shields exhausted Henderson for a lopsided unanimous decision win. But this time around, he doesn’t seem to have the same problems when he meets Sobral in a rematch. Henderson doesn’t feel this is a fight that could end his career.

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Horodecki vs Cerrone at WEC 53

Written on October 22, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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It looks like Mark Hominick won't be the only Team Tompkins product who will get a step up in competition for his next WEC fight. Chris Horodecki is slated to take on former WEC number one lightweight contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at WEC 53.

Another member of Team Tompkins will step up in a competition for the next WEC fight. Chris Horodecki is set to lock horns with Donald Cerrone at WEC 53, on December 16 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Chris Horodecki is carrying a 16-2 record in his resume, but was not able to grace his way impressively under the WEC banner. Donald Cerrone, on the other hand, is carrying a notable unanimous decision win over WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner.

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Herschel Walker Tours ESPN

Written on October 20, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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With his contribution to Strikeforce's recent victory in media surveys, Herschel Walker will tour ESPN to promote his latest fight with yet unknown fighter.

Strikeforce fighter, Herschel Walker, will be in Bristol, Connecticut this Wednesday. He will make rounds on several ESPN programs. Walker will discuss his December 4 fight at “Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu” in St. Louis, where he’ll meet a yet to be announced opponent.

His ESPN tour includes live spots on “ESPN First Take,” “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” and “SportsCenter.”

Walker made a successful pro-MMA and Strikeforce debut back in January, when he scored a third-round TKO victory over Greg Nagy. The fight resulted big Strikeforce, which received international attention because of Walker’s Showtime-televised fight. The event also drew a massive season growth to 517,000 viewers.

Walker is also a 1982 Heisman Trophy winner and 1992 Winter Olympian. You will see him on ESPN’s “ESPN First Take” at 11:20 a.m. ET (8:20 a.m. PT), ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” (11:45 a.m. ET), and ESPN’s “SportsCenter” (3:40 p.m. ET).

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