Flashback Friday: WEC 1: Princes of Pain

The “World Extreme Cagefighting,” better known as the WEC launched in 2001. While the promotion was known for it’s coverage of the bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight divisions, the debut show “Princes of Pain” featured fighters of many sizes.

Headlining the card was two of MMA’s most well known journeymen, Dan “The Beast” Severn and Travis Fulton. Along with the main event, the show had numerous fights that had quick finishes. The show took place from an outdoor venue at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino at Lemoore, California, USA.

Original Date of Event: 6/30/01

Elbows and Knees Key To Success For Gomez

In the first fight of the evening, Cruz Gomez took the undefeated record of Isaias Martinez with elbows in the first round.

The fight was on the ground for the majority of the time, as a slip from Martinez took the fight down to the position in the opening seconds. Gomez dominated from the position with knees and elbows to the head.

The show was working out some production issues before this bout, with the microphone of the announcer repeatedly cutting out.

Despite appearing a number of times in professional MMA, this was the last fight Martinez took in a high-level promotion.

Gomez wore shoes for this fight.

Gomez versus Martines play-by-play.

Garcia Earns Explosive Win

A head kick in the second round gave a win to Leonard Garcia over Victor Estrada. The first round included lots of ground work, as both fighters jostled for position.

Getting his sixth win as a pro, the victory was the first on a large scale for Garcia.

Estrada was down for several minutes after the stoppage, leaving the cage on his own power eventually.

Throughout the round the crowd complained about the referee and cameramen.

Garcia versus Estrada play-by-play.

Agallar Wins In The Second Round

In a fight that does not have any footage online, Nick Agallar stopped Ray Benavides with strikes in the second round.

Sanford Wins MMA Debut

A double debut fight saw Chris Sanford knock Bobby Martin out with a left hook in the second round.

The first round saw the fighters engage in lots of clinch work, as Sanford kept Martin against the cage for most of the time.

This fight was the last appearance for Martin in MMA.

Sanford wore an interesting outfit, fighting with a tank top and wrestling shoes.

Sanford versus Martin play-by-play.

Ensminger Wins, Tries To Fight More

Winning in just under a minute, Phil Ensminger stopped Gabriel Garcia with punches. Ensminger earned the win by pressing forward with punches, continuing until the referee had seen enough.

When the referee had seen enough was apparently not enough for Ensminger, who tried and failed to throw a punch after the fight was stopped. The referee carried Ensminger away from Garcia while having him in a chokehold.

Frustrated, Ensminger flipped off the crowd and brushed off Garcia after the fight.

Neither fighter appeared in a large promotion after.

Ensminger versus Garcia play-by-play.

Record Stays Undefeated For Carson

Scott Carson remained undefeated, stopping Bryson Haubrick with a rear naked choke in the first round.

Carson was controlling on the feet, landing numerous leg kicks. Once he got the fight to the ground, it did not take long for Haubrick to tap out.

The fight was the second last one of Haubrick’s career, losing once in 2003 before retiring.

Carson wore shoes in the fight.

Carson versus Haubrick play-by-play.

Alanis Gets Debut Win Infront of Ecstatic Crowd

Getting his first win as a pro in MMA, Tony Alanis made quick work of Bryant Garcia, making his submit to strike in the second minute.

Alanis had the crowd heavily behind him throughout the fight. He wore shoes for the fight.

Garcia did not return to MMA after this fight.

Alanis versus Garcia play-by-play.

Debut For Moz Lasts Moments

Winning in mere seconds, Lalo Moz defeated Bruce Nelson with punches. Coming forward with hooks, Moz dropped Nelson with a two-punch combination which convinced the referee to stop the fight.

The fight was the debut win for Moz in MMA.

Moz wore wrestling shoes for the fight.

Moz versus Nelson play-by-play.

McGee Wins Via Heel Hook

Winning in the first round, Dan McGee caught Seth Petruzelli with a heel hook. The quick win was his second after losing to Josh Barnett at UFC 28.

“He just totally gave me a leg, I was like ‘okay,'” said McGee in his post-fight interview.

McGee versus Petruzelli play-by-play.

Severn Gets Decision Over Fulton

Dan “The Beast” Severn won a two-round unanimous decision over Travis Fulton in the main event. Through the two rounds Severn was a dominant fighter on the ground, limiting the amount of work Fulton could do.

The crowd booed periodically due to the style of fighting.

“I didn’t perform the way I expected so I’m sorry,” said Severn after the fight.

Also after the fight, Severn announced that he’s having the final two years of his fighting career. In actuality, his career continued until 2012.

Both fighters wore shoes for the fight.

The win was a bounce back from the previous mainstream MMA appearance that Severn made, where he lost a main event to Pedro Rizzo, being finished in the first round at UFC 27.

Severn versus Fulton play-by-play.

Heading To Osaka

Next week on Flashback Friday, the series will head back to Osaka, Japan, for Pride 15: “Beasts from the East.” The show features the appearance of names like Mark Coleman, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Semmy Schilt, Gary Goodridge and more.

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