WEC: Torres vs Tapia and New Lineup of Weight Classes

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ToeZup
9/26/08 10:48:59AM
Looks like Torres Vs Tapia is official and the WEC will now focus on 4 weight classes. Welterweight, lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight.

WEC: Torres Vs Tapia / weight classes revamped.


Sep-25-2008
WORLD EXTREME CAGEFIGHTING® ANNOUNCES BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

MIGUEL ANGEL TORRES vs. MANNY TAPIA

ALSO: WEC® ANNOUNCES NEW LINEUP OF WEIGHT CLASSES

Live From The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In Las Vegas, Wednesday, Dec. 3

Tickets Go On Sale Monday, Oct. 6 at 10am PT

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – With two spectacular wins that sky-rocketed him into the pound-for-pound stratosphere, WEC® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres has been one of 2008’s great success stories. But the only man standing between him and likely recognition as Fighter of the Year is one of his greatest rivals, Manny Tapia, an unbeaten contender who has been waiting six months for his shot at the 135-pound weight class’ greatest prize. The World Extreme Cagefighting® organization is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, December 3rd, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, these two warriors will finally meet in an explosive contest guaranteed to produce fireworks.

World Extreme Cagefighting will be televised live nationally on VERSUS beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. All live WEC events will be presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area, visit http://www.versus.com/findversus.

Tickets for World Extreme Cagefighting go on sale on Monday, Oct. 6 at 10am PT and will be priced at $225, $175, and $75 (not including applicable services or taxes). Tickets are available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office and all Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available online through www.wec.tv or www.ticketmaster.com.

The WEC also announced that, starting in 2009, the organization will focus on four weight classes: welterweight (170 pounds), lightweight (155 pounds), featherweight (145 pounds), and bantamweight (135 pounds). The WEC will no longer actively promote light heavyweight and middleweight fights after the Dec. 3rd event. This increased attention to the sport’s lighter divisions makes the WEC the undisputed home of the most exciting lighter weight fighters in mixed martial arts.

“With every fight, the WEC has proven itself to be a powerful and growing presence in sports, both with our live events and our programming on VERSUS,” said Peter Dropick, WEC Vice President, Operations and Production. “Exciting matchups like Torres vs. Tapia on Dec. 3 and the incredible fights we have planned for 2009 under this new structure will no doubt establish WEC as the home of the best lighter weight fighters in the world.”

WEC Bantamweight

Champion Miguel Angel Torres (34-1) captured the attention of the worldwide MMA community when he put on a groundfighting clinic against Chase Beebe, capturing the title with a guillotine choke just 3:59 into the championship bout. His place among the elite was solidified in June, when he stopped tough Yoshiro Maeda at the end of the third round in one of the best fights of 2008. After years of fighting, Torres has finally earned his place as one of mixed martial arts’ best, pound for pound, but his reign won’t be complete until he defends his title against Manny Tapia.

Manny “The Mangler” Tapia (10-0-1) is a television favorite due to his aggressive style and KO power. He burst onto the WEC scene with an impressive TKO over Brandon Foxworth, and then followed that victory up with a three round war against veteran Antonio Banuelos that he won via a hard-fought decision. Having shown both heart and skill in the cage, now all he needs is a belt around his waist, something he hopes to take from Torres on December 3rd.

The remaining bouts for WEC: Torres vs Tapia will be announced in the near future. All bouts subject to change. For more information about WEC: Torres vs Tapia and current WEC fight news, visit www.wec.tv.

About World Extreme Cagefighting
The WEC brand is recognized as one of the premier mixed martial arts organizations in the United States. Founded in 2001, the WEC features many of the most prominent athletes in the sport of mixed martial arts today. Owned and operated by WEC Holdings LLC., and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the WEC produces live and taped events annually that are distributed through the Versus network. In addition to its U.S distribution, WEC programming is shown on the TSN network in Canada and Cadena Tres in Mexico. For more information and current WEC fight news, visit www.wec.tv.

World Extreme Cagefighting® and WEC® are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by WEC Holdings, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions and are licensed to WEC Productions, LLC.

About VERSUS
VERSUS celebrates real competition across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD). Now in more than 73 million homes, the network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as best-in-class events such as The Tour de France, Davis Cup Tennis, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), the Indy Racing League and Professional Boxing. The network also offers collegiate sports featuring nationally-ranked teams from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12, Mountain West and Ivy League. VERSUS features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events that audiences can't find elsewhere. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

Twenty20Dollars
9/26/08 10:57:27AM
I knew it would be tapia.
Jackelope
9/26/08 11:24:34AM
Awesome! I don't think Tapia can beat Torres, but I know he'll bring it and they'll put on an awesome fight. WEC is the shit.

Edit: And holy shit did tickets go up!! WEC 35, which had 3 title fights, was selling tickets starting at $34 if I remember correctly. Damn!
DCRage
9/26/08 12:13:36PM
The weight class thing is slightly old news with regards to the plan, but at least now we know when it will be implemented. Hopefully WEC can survive without those bigger classes, it could put a little more stress on the current guys because they may be called on to fight more with shorter turnarounds between fights.
rabbit915
9/26/08 12:35:39PM
Any word on what happens to the guys in the higher weight classes? Im really only curious about Paulo Filho.
DCRage
9/26/08 12:55:39PM
Was just reading Weekly's piece on this, it's almost a given that the champs (which after 35 will be either Filho or Chael Sonnen and maybe Steve Cantwell) are headed to UFC. Everyone else is up in the air, I'm not too familiar with the big guys but I think they would take Doug Marshall (205), he's a good Jardine-type fighter and I also can see former LHW champ Brian Stann going. His being a former Marine would add some cred there to the ranks and perhaps help expand their military fanbase.

Edit: Stann & Cantwell are already UFC-bound. They will face off again at the UFN Tribute To The Troops event in December.
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