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Where do they stand after WEC 51?: George Roop: He looked a little tentative early but had good fundamentals and didn't get hit with anything big. He also showed he can pick up on the mistakes of other, because Chang Sung Jung did not care to much about defensive hand placement.
Chang Sung Jung: Hey he proved again win or lose his fights are fun to watch. Miguel Torres: He came out and played it safe,which I think was a good idea. I like his new hybrid Philly guard, but I'm just not sure if he can attack from there very well. Defensively, he should get hit less and at this point in his career he uses his jujitsu acumen about as much as I hang laundry out to dry. Charlie Valencia: Anytime they describe you as tough, that usually means your going to get beat up for awhile but hang in there anyway. That is exactly what happened in this case. Mark Hominick: I have always liked his slick standing skills and the fact hes a sharpshooter like myself. He did what everyone figured he would by avoiding Leonard's telegraphed bombs and box his way to decision. His movements may get him in trouble against better fighters, but it worked last night. Leonard Garcia: Geez, you would think that Jackson would show this kid tapes of his fights and he would TRY to throw a straight punch in there every once in awhile. Its a shame to cause the kids a warrior, but mark my words, he will start losing a lot of fights that look similar to this one. He has no current way to change to adjust, and by adjust I don't mean throw 3 instead of 2. Donald Cerrone: Donald has obviously been working on his take down defense, but he was also throwing with more conviction and making every shot count. He used a nice jab to keep Varner un-settled and followed up nicely with the rear kick to the lead leg. I was impressed by Cowboy, if only he would change his walk out song... Jamie Varner: Obviously anytime someone loses you see the holes in the game and other things they could have done differently. Varner is a 2 dimensional fighter and he looked limited against the changing Cerrone. The wrestle/boxer will eventually be a thing of the past once people realize that you can kick too. The bottom line is, you cant win if you cant adjust or land a fight changing shot. Varner could do neither. Back to the drawing board, maybe a change of camps would benefit. Jose Aldo: I was a little worried early because he looked tentative and Gamburyan was gaining some confidence. I'm not sure whether it was game planning or the right hand he got hit with early, but either way I was nervous. I watch Jose Aldo the same way Chicago watched an early Jordan. Not only does he have athletic gifts and reaction timing that few of us could comprehend, but he also has a killer instinct that most of the big finishers have lost by this point in their career. The rear uppercut that he hit Manny with was the second attempt and when it landed it was hard to tell from watching on TV that it did the damage that it did, not to mention being the one who threw it in there. Aldo is a show closer and that's more valuable than protecting him. I don't think he'll look as amazing at upper weights and I don't think that its even necessary at this point. Its not his job to find opponents. Manny Gamburyan: "If hes Anderson Silva, I am Fedor" It's amazing they are not more selective on who they teach to read. Think about it. Gamburyan tried and did what he could, but he was outmatched at the weigh in, and stood little chance over 5 rounds. Better luck next time bro.