Pick'em Leagues: THE BIG SHOW CASUAL BEST OF THE REST Single Event PvP: FANTASY POOLS Betting Leagues: THE BIG SHOW BEST OF THE REST
  MMA Playground 4.0 is live!     Returning members: check out the patch notes     New members: visit our getting started guide, read the FAQ's and start playing!

Anthony Njokuani vs. Shane Roller targeted for "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" in April

Print  
who takes this
njokuani 6 67%
roller 3 33%
Posted By Message

AnDeRsonDaSiLvA

BANNED

AnDeRsonDaSiLvA Avatar
7
 
 
 
 


 
 
Posts:1,311
Career:510-259
Joined:Jan 2008
Chips:
294

Two of the WEC's brightest lightweight stars will likely meet in an intriguing contest with title-shot implications undoubtedly on the line.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the organization that Anthony Njokuani (12-2 MMA, 3-1 WEC) and Shane Roller (7-2 MMA, 4-1 WEC) have verbally agreed to meet at "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber."

Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.

Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champ Jose Aldo and an ever-popular challenger in Urijah Faber, WEC 48 takes place April 24 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The event marks the organization's first foray into the pay-per-view market.

Njokuani, a Nigerian native who grew up in Dallas but now resides in Las Vegas, comes to the fight with a three-bout win streak. All three of the wins came via TKO, and all three of the wins resulted in the devastating striker being awarded the evening's "Knockout of the Night."

Njokuani's lone WEC loss came to current lightweight champion Benson Henderson in January 2009. "The Assassin's" only other loss was delivered courtesy of fellow contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a 2007 matchup under the Ring of Fire banner.

Njokuani has found himself in high demand following a spectacular high-kick finish of Chris Horodecki this past December.

Meanwhile, Roller currently carries a two-fight win streak into the cage. The Team Takedown fighter earned "Submission of the Night" honors at this past November's WEC 44 event when he latched in a third-round rear-naked choke on Danny Castillo in a bout Roller appeared to be less than 90 seconds away from losing.

Roller also toppled Marcus Hicks at WEC 42 in August 2009.

Roller's lone WEC loss also came to current champ Henderson at WEC 40 in April 2009. In one of the more exciting sub-two-minute bouts in recent memory, Roller opened aggressively and dropped Henderson before "Smooth" quickly turned the tide in earned a TKO win just 1:41 into the bout.

The winner of the Njokuani-Roller matchup will undoubtedly have the inside track on a lightweight title fight in their next outing.





Link

Epic fight

Post #1   2/23/10 5:22:35PM   

xdanish020

MMA Sensei

xdanish020 Avatar
13
 
 
 
 


 
 
Posts:1,335
Career:2,347-1,263
Joined:Sep 2008
Camp: Project Mayhem
Chips:
156
Cool fight, seems like a contendership matchup....not sure what they are gonna do with Varner after his fight against Kamal, but Roller and Njokuani seem like the top 2 LW's in the WEC not named Cerrone, Varner or Henderson.

I really think Shane needs to use his wrestling to secure a decision win in this fight, but in reality I think Anthony will brutalize him on the feet before he's able to get the takedown. Should be an interesting fight.

Post #2   2/23/10 7:09:10PM   

Twenty20Dollars

Heavyweight Champ

5




 
 
 


 
 
Posts:12,772
Career:1,572-1,001
Joined:Jun 2007
Chips:
1,196
Anthony FTW, WEC is putting together a solid PPV debut, might just have to order it.

Edit: Also if Anthony wins, he could rematch Donald or Henderson, great either way!

Last edited 2/23/10 7:28PM server time by twenty20dollars
Edit note/reason: n/a

Post #3   2/23/10 7:26:30PM   

MMA-San

In Full Mount

MMA-San Avatar
1
 
 
 


 
 
Posts:530
Career:977-716
Joined:Apr 2009
Camp: PLAYGROUND REJECTS
Chips:
108
Who has Benson not beaten already?

Post #4   2/23/10 10:18:33PM