Ooohs, ahhhs & ows

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

There were plenty of Saskatchewan licence plates in the parking lot and likely a few Calgarians, too.

Sunday night's Canadian debut of World Extreme Cagefighting attracted 5,600 fans to Rexall Place and delivered some memorable matchups.

A draw in the main event, with the scorecards going 29-27, 29-27 and 28-28, between Jamie Varner and Kamal Shalorus proved to be unpopular, as the crowd who rained down a chorus of boos.

Shalorus landing repeated kicks to Varner's groin that had Varner bent over in pain several times. Despite being deducted for a groin kick in the second round, Shalorus connected again in the third.

"I'm not like that," pleaded Shalorus, who broke his right hand. "I'm a warrior. I don't cheat. It was an accident. I tried to kick his knee ... to slow down his speed."

Varner gamely got up each time and was gracious after his punishment, that had the crowd ooohing and ahhhing when each groin kick was replayed on the big screen.

"I have a great amount of respect for him," said Varner. "He's a gentleman and a great fighter. Minus the low blows, I definitely felt I was the winner. I had him doing the Chicken Dance in the first and second."

Varner had to be wheeled into the post-event news conference after he broke his right hand and right foot.

"I kicked him in the head in the first and felt it," said Varner. "In the second round, I did it again and I'm thinking I'm not going to do that any more.

"Next thing I know, my hand's broken, my foot's broken and I get kicked in the nuts. Everything hurts."

Varner's record now stands at 16-3-1. Shalorus remains undefeated in WEC competition and his overall record moves to 6-0-1.

The fight did little to establish the WEC's No. 1 contender for the lightweight crown Varner lost to Ben Henderson in January.

"For me, I don't want to lose," said Varner. "I had that title for two years. I had a lot riding on this fight. Hopefully, we can run it again. Instead of wobbling Kamal, hopefully I can drop Kamal the next time, but he's a tough fighter."

The only all-Canadian bout on the card was worth the eight year wait since the two fighters were originally scheduled to meet each other.

Mark Hominick celebrated his co-main-event win over Yves Jabouin with five pushups to conclude a technical masterpiece that could have gone either way.

Hominick (18-8) unleashed a punishing series of punches as he sat over top of Jabouin (14-6) until the fight was stopped with a TKO at 3:21 of the second round.

"That fight was over eight years in the making, so it was pretty emotional," said Hominick.

Hominick had Jabouin on the mat after a left to the eye early in the second round, but Jabouin responded with a left-right combination that floored Hominick.

With the fighters on the ground, Hominick regained the upper hand to finish off Jabouin.

"That was the first time that somebody said they could go toe-to-toe with me and lived up to it," said Hominick.

Hominick considered this win an important stepping stone in his search for a featherweight title.

"There's plenty of good fighters in this division, but nobody can bring what I can bring," said Hominick. "It makes life easier for me. All I can do is take this win and go for the top."

The Hominick/Jabouin match -- unofficially a Canadian title fight -- was named Fight of the Night.


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