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Condit avenges loss, retains welterweight title

Carlos Condit retained his WEC welterweight title Wednesday night in front of his hometown fans at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a submission win over Texan Carlo Prater.

Prater scored the only takedown in the fight with a hip toss early in the round. But unfortunately for Prater, the takedown only put Condit in a position to attack with a number of submissions. Condit worked for a kimura, an armbar and a triangle choke before finishing Prater on a second guillotine choke attempt at 3:48.

Besides keeping his prize, Condit avenged the first loss of his career, which happened to also take place in Albuquerque. Condit fell victim to a first-round triangle choke in an encounter with Prater in 2004.

"He's a badass," Condit said after the fight. "I was able to catch him tonight, he's an incredible fighter. I'm overwhelmed."

The win improved the 23-year-old's record to 22-4 and extended his win streak to seven. Prater slipped to 21-6-1.

The other two titles on the line at WEC 32 changed hands.

2-time UFC competitor Jamie Varner won the WEC lightweight belt by beating Rob "Razor" McCullough at his own game. Varner dropped the dangerous striker three consecutive times before the referee called a stop to the bout at 3:54 of the third round.

East Chicago's Miguel Torres transitioned beautifully between submissions and tapped out Chicagoan Chase Beebe with a guillotine choke to capture the WEC bantamweight championship.

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