WEC 37-12/3 in Vegas on Versus

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DCRage
10/8/08 9:17:07AM
WEC 37: December 3, 2008
Venue: Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas
Main card airs live on Versus
TV fights:
vs.
WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia for the title

vs.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez

vs.
Wagney Fabiano vs. Akitoshi Tamura

vs.
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro

Prelims:
vs.
Blas Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian

vs.
Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province (Nunes's original opponent, Josh Grispi, is off as of 11/18 due to injury)

vs.
Cub Swanson vs. Hiroyuki Takaya

vs.
Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik

vs.
Alex Karalexis vs. Bart Palaszewski

vs.
Mark Munoz vs. Ricardo Barros

vs.
Johnny Hendricks vs. Justin Haskins (Hendricks's original opponent, Alex Serdyukov, is off as of 11/18 for undisclosed reasons)

This will be the last WEC event to feature MIddleweights and Light Heavyweights before they are integrated to UFC's respective divisions. The WEC MW & LHW Titles will also be retired meaning that the final champions will be, respectively, Paulo Filho or Chael Sonnen (MW) and Steve Cantwell (LHW).

The Bowles-Ribeiro winner likely will be the next challenger for the Torres-Tapia winner.
emfleek
10/8/08 10:41:17AM
WAR MULLETS

and WAR TORRES
dannyfrank
10/8/08 7:46:25PM
im going to say miguel torres via 1st round pwnage
DCRage
10/9/08 6:32:56AM
Big matchup added to the card, Wgney Fabiano vs. AkitoshI Tamura. Fabiano was the final IFL Featherweight Champion and is making his long-awaited WEC debut, while Tamura is the #2 Featherweight according to Weekly's rankings. There are also rumors that the winner of this fight will be the next challenger for Faber or the first challenger for MIke Brown depending on who leaves WEC 36 as the Featherweight Champion.
ohiostate1016
10/28/08 12:55:01PM
I can't see how Tamura is a big underdog to Fabiano. I know that Waggney was a beast in the IFL, but Tamura is a Shooto vet with a lot of experience against some of the top fighters in the world. He has wins over Rumina Sato, Takeshi Inoue (#5 FW on MMAWeekly), and a close loss to Hideki Kadowaka (#3 on MMAWeekly).

Looks like I'm gonna make some big money...
The_Ho_Bag
11/11/08 4:02:34PM

Posted by ohiostate1016

I can't see how Tamura is a big underdog to Fabiano. I know that Waggney was a beast in the IFL, but Tamura is a Shooto vet with a lot of experience against some of the top fighters in the world. He has wins over Rumina Sato, Takeshi Inoue (#5 FW on MMAWeekly), and a close loss to Hideki Kadowaka (#3 on MMAWeekly).

Looks like I'm gonna make some big money...



im feeling tamura on this one =)
DCRage
11/11/08 4:21:55PM
My guess is a lot more people have seen Fabiano fight than have seen Tamura fight, myself included, but that's not stopping me from picking Tamura. To be the #2 Featherweight in the world means you must be pretty good even though Fabiano's a Top 10 himself.
DCRage
11/18/08 10:02:40AM
Final card is now in first post, note a couple of late changes and added fights. Also, the Bowles-Ribeiro winner likely will be next in line for a Bantamweight title shot.
Wolf
11/21/08 10:44:50AM

Posted by DCRage

Final card is now in first post, note a couple of late changes and added fights. Also, the Bowles-Ribeiro winner likely will be next in line for a Bantamweight title shot.



Torres by Rd 2 sub.

Bowles by Rd. 2 sub.

Torres v Bowles: Bowles by Unanimous Decision in freakin AWESOME fight!
AchillesHeel
11/25/08 11:55:28AM
I've only just gotten around to looking at this card, and it looks pretty good.
DCRage
11/26/08 7:17:20AM
I've been looking at the picks for this event and admittedly one thing puzzles me a little bit-why no or so little love for Tamura? True, Fabiano is a Top 10 FW and certainly no slouch himself and I know a lot of us probably haven't seen Tamura fight before, but this guy is a Top 5 FW (Weekly ranks him #3 now) so I would think he'd get some more respect based on just that.
dinex
11/26/08 6:52:12PM

Posted by DCRage

I've been looking at the picks for this event and admittedly one thing puzzles me a little bit-why no or so little love for Tamura? True, Fabiano is a Top 10 FW and certainly no slouch himself and I know a lot of us probably haven't seen Tamura fight before, but this guy is a Top 5 FW (Weekly ranks him #3 now) so I would think he'd get some more respect based on just that.



There is no way Tamura is a top 5 FW. Not in skill or based on records. I can understand why he was ranked that high after beating Fujimiya, Wicky and Lion. But even in winning those fights he looked pretty beatable. And after losing to Kadowaki you can't justify ranking him that high. MMAWeeklys rankings make no sense. They have Tamura over Kadowaki.

Still Tamura is a solid fighter. I'm not saying Fabiano will walk over him or anything. I am a little surprised not more people are picking Tamura to, even if I'm probably picking Fabiano myself.
kris_ericson
11/28/08 11:43:38AM
im looking forward to that card
go manny !
WTF happened to Josh Grispi?! Why God?!
DCRage
11/28/08 3:21:15PM
Injury. Haven't heard anything specific but it happened early last week.
Franklinfan47
11/28/08 3:47:07PM
Always a pleasure to watch Torres in action. Plus some very intriguing contender bouts. Bowles-Ribeiro, Fabiano-Tamura, Bartimus-Karalexis, tons of great fights on this card!
kris_ericson
11/30/08 1:16:42AM

Posted by DCRage

Injury. Haven't heard anything specific but it happened early last week.



when you find anything out can u tell me?
DCRage
12/1/08 6:41:10PM
Forgot to mention he's now being rumored for WEC 38 in January. He's rumored as a possible foe for Jose Aldo since negotiations for Aldo to have faced Jens Pulver fell through.

Just a reminder for Wednesday night: TV start time on Versus is 8 PM ET. This is the same time as the last show, but some cable systems did not catch up in time and the listing was incorrect. Watch again for them to try and finish before 10 PM to avoid an overrun that would be up against TUF 8. Or at least hope they dono't go over.
ToeZup
12/3/08 10:40:19AM
I'm excited about this fight card. Torres always puts on a good show. Get those sheet pizzas and 30 packs ready.
emfleek
12/3/08 1:49:22PM
I love days like these. Mmm MMA.
RiseUp21
12/3/08 6:32:28PM

Posted by emfleek

I love days like these. Mmm MMA.



and four hours of it nonetheless
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