Marcus Hicks had to watch out for the vicious kicks from Rob McCullough, while "Razor" Rob had to protect from going to the ground. What resulted was a tenative battle with few exchanges. McCullough got the majority decision nod (29-29, 30-27, 29-28) on the judges' scorecards in the first televised fight at WEC 39 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Cage Writer gave McCullough a 29-28 decision. Judge Lefty Barrera may have it nailed with his draw score.
"I was little upset that the fans didn't like it. I was a little upset that he was still living," McCullough told WEC.tv (video). "Razor" Rob, a kickboxer by trade, suggested that he wanted to make sure he wasn't taken down by Hicks, who is a jiu-jitsu black belt. "I kept telling myself not to kick him. I couldn't help it but I could tell it was doing damage to him."
The second was easily the best round of the fight as Hicks put McCullough on his rear with 4:15 left in the round and then secured a guillotine choke but "Razor" Rob freed himself and got the fight back to the feet with 3:24 left. One minute later, McCullough turned around the stanza with a left kick to the liver. Hicks was visibly hurt as he dropped his right arm and kept putting his back on the cage. That's where McCullough unleashed some vicious kick-punch combos. He scored often with the body kick. The action was fast and furious. But that's where it ended.
In the third round, neither fighter wanted to engage. Hicks was gassed and didn't try another shot to get the fight to the ground. McCullough was given the slight edge because he was the aggressor.
Hicks got the better of things in a very slow-paced first round. He was able to score a few times with an overhand left. "The Wrecking Ball" really cracked McCullough (pictured on the left) with two good lefts around the two minute mark.