Marius Zaromskis has upset the odds by winning the DREAM welterweight grandprix, and becoming the promotion’s first welterweight champion.
The 26 year old Lithuanian scored two stunning high kick knockouts en route to the title. In the semifinal bout he stopped tournament favourite Hayato “Mach” Sakurai midway through the first round, before going on to knockout Jason High in absolutely terrifying fashion. Both will probably go down as knockout of the year contenders.
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WEC is live tonight from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. This show seems to be quite low on the list of priorities for Zuffa at the moment, and has crept up without much of a promotional effort. I don’t expect this card to have anything like the level of success the Faber vs. Pulver card had, but on paper it should be a really good night of fights. The main event is the Featherweight title fight between Urijah Faber vs. Mike Brown.
The big news coming in to this show is that middleweight champion Paulo Filho missed weight by 7 pounds. His fight with Chael Sonnen is now non title, and has been changed to a 3 round bout. The non title stipulation probably isnâ€™t all that big of a deal, as the plan is to dissolve the WEC middleweight division after tonight anyway. There is only four fights scheduled for the live broadcast, but with only the one championship fight now, hopefully they will have time to show more action from the Stellar undercard.
It’s not the main event, heck it didn’t even make the countdown special, but to me the most interesting fight this Saturday at UFC 88 is Dan Henderson vs. Rousimar Palhares. Many questions will be answered in this fight. Does Henderson still got what it takes to be an elite level fighter competing AND winning against top guys? Can Palhares channel his much touted potential into a huge win, solidifying himself as a top guy in the division? Will the new guard deliver another blow to the old guard, or can a guy that’s the definition of the old guard put on a convincing stand that shows he ain’t going anywhere anytime soon?
That last question is perhaps the most interesting. Dan Henderson has been in the game for ten years. He’s fought pretty much anyone who’s anyone, in not one but TWO divisions. When you look up “grizzled vet” in the dictionary, you’ll see Dangerous Dan staring back at you with his missing teeth and cauliflower ears. Rousimar Palhares, on the other hand, is a new generation MMA fighter. He started just over two years ago and has just 8 fights under his belt, with only one in a top level promotion. Much like the upcoming Couture/Lesnar battle, this is going to be a great example of new guard vs. old guard and the result will no doubt have a big impact on peoples opinions as to whether the new generation of fighters are where it’s at in 2008.