"WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson" draws reported 10,027 attendees for $550K gate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Initial reports from WEC officials indicate the WEC's third trip to ARCO Arena in Sacrmento, Calif., earned another solid live gate.
At the evening's post-event press conference, WEC general manager Reed Harris reported that Sunday's "WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson" event drew 10,027 fans for a live gate of $550,000.
Official live gate numbers will be released by the California State Athletic Commission later in the week.
Brown pleased with WEC 46 win, wants to remain active while waiting for title shot
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With the sting of a November 2009 loss still fresh in his mind, former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown (23-5 MMA, 5-1 WEC) begged the promotion's brass to let him fight at Sunday's WEC 46 event.
The WEC granted his wish, and Brown made quick work of newcomer Anthony Morrison (15-8 MMA, 0-1 WEC) on the evening's Versus-televised main card.
At the evening's post-fight press conference, Brown told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he viewed the fight as a return to peak form.
MMA Quick Quote: Murilo Bustamante wants to return to fighting in 2010
“Surely it cheers me up. I have got plans of fighting in 2010 and let’s see how it will work. I’m preparing myself, I’m in Brazil also to train and get into the pace. We’re studying proposals and let’s see what happens. There’s nothing set but I have been training to fight whereas last year I didn’t have the time to prepare properly, just training with kimono and giving classes.”
-- Former UFC champion Murilo Bustamante is back in Brazil from United States where he has expanded the Brazilian Top Team headquarters.
Urijah Faber vs. Jose Aldo coming soon ... possibly WEC on PPV?
Urijah Faber rolled into Sacramento on Sunday night and proceeded to roll through Raphael Assuncao at WEC 46: "Varner vs. Henderson," finishing the super talented Brazilian with a third round rear naked choke.
Not only did "The California Kid" pick up a "must" win and a $10,000 bonus check, but he also earned an opportunity to fight WEC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, in the very near future.
WEC General Manager Reed Harris made the announcement during the WEC 46 post-fight press conference.
It's an opportunity, as Faber put it, "to get his belt back." And he may get the chance to do it in front of a pay-per-view (PPV) audience, which would mark the first foray for the promotion into the paid arena after a successful run on the Versus network.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam Stout targeted for UFC 113
To borrow a phrase from Mike Goldberg, "This one's got 'Fireworks' written all over it.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that a lightweight scrap between sluggers Jeremy Stephens (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) and Sam Stout (15-5-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is in the works for the as-yet-unannounced UFC 113 event in Montreal.
Both parties have verbally agreed to the contest, though bout agreements have yet to be signed.
MacDonald and Guymon Have Stories to Tell Ahead of UFC Debut
Rory (The Water Boy) MacDonald and Mike (The Joker) Guymon make their UFC debuts Monday night, having taken vastly different journeys to the cage where they will face off in Fairfax, Va.
The unbeaten MacDonald is a 20-year-old phenom from Kelowna, B.C., who got his parents to sign off on his mixed martial arts pro debut when he was just 16. Guymon is a 35-year-old veteran from California who has made it to the sport's premier promotion after a near suicide last summer when he found himself surrounded by police, willing them to shoot.
Sean Sherk avoiding Gray Maynard?
FiveOuncesofPain.com recently had the chance to catch up with Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor over at Xtreme Couture, Neil Melanson, to gather his thoughts on the Xtreme Couture trained Gray Maynard’s UFC Fight Night showdown with Nate Diaz scheduled for January 11, and while we were able to gather quite a bit of insight into the Bully’s keys to victory in the upcoming rematch, 5 Oz. also learned of one UFC lightweight’s reported reluctancy to face a particular foe with an extremely similar style.
According to Melanson, Maynard has had an itch to throw down with former UFC lightweight title holder Sean Sherk for some time now, but as the saying goes: It takes two to tango.
“I know Gray has been wanting to fight Sean Sherk, and I know they tried to make that fight happen, but according to Gray’s people, they said that Sherk turned it down numerous times,” said Melanson during a recent conversation with FiveOuncesofPain. “I could see why, just because it’s not really a good fight for Sherk; going against another stud wrestler that can box.”
After Losing Seven-Year-Old Son, WEC Fighter George Roop Carries On
George Roop can still remember the time in the hospital. Hours stretching to days, days stretching to weeks. He can remember his infant son's body going limp, Julian dying in his arms; the doctors frantically breathing life back into him.
It was then that those same doctors told him that his child wouldn't live long, that he might not ever make it out of that hospital.
Julian Blaze Roop proved them wrong, made it seven years on this earth, through scores of tests and countless appointments with baffled doctors who couldn't understand how he continued to grow. His heart finally gave out in Oct. 2009, his dad's heart breaking with it
Shinya Aoki Relieved of Teaching Duties
Shinya Aoki has been removed as an instructor at the Paraestra Tokyo in Japan for his antics following his win on New Year's Eve at Dynamite!! 2009.
Yuki Nakai, the general manager of Paraestra, announced Aoki's dismissal on the gym's website and apologized on behalf of the camp for anyone's discomfort from watching Aoki's "inappropriate behavior."
Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet Expected for UFC 113
A welterweight bout between Jonathan Goulet and Marcus Davis is in the works for UFC 113 in Montreal, QC, Canada. MMA Fighting has learned that bout agreements have not been signed, but both camps have verbally agreed to the fight.
Goulet, who hails from Victoriaville, QC, which is located outside of Montreal, hasn't competed since December 2008 when he lost via 33-second knockout to Mike Swick. He was scheduled to face Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 100 in July, but a dislocated shoulder suffered in training forced him out of the bout.
Brad Blackburn believes it's his time to shine
One of the UFC’s best kept secrets, Brad Blackburn, is making his return Monday night at UFC Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Va.
Blackburn was last seen in action in a winning effort over fellow welterweight Edgar Garcia last June, where in his third appearance for the UFC he suffered what would be a debilitating injury that put a damper on the remainder of 2009.
Varner looks for vindication at WEC 46
World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight titleholder Jamie Varner heads into the WEC cage in Sacramento on Sunday, after nearly a year layoff, facing interim titleholder Ben Henderson, seeking vindication.
“It will be 10 days short of a year since the last time I was in there,” Varner told the media earlier this week. “I’m really looking forward to getting back in there and showing everybody the real reason why I’m the WEC lightweight champion.”
MFC 24: Yves Edwards vs Per Eklund booked for Feb. 26 with Hermes Franca retired
Few lightweight mixed martial artists have been where Yves Edwards (36-15-1) has been and are still strapping on four-ounce gloves.
Edwards has fought champions, and been written-off as washed up. He's fought around the world and in most major MMA promotions since 1997. And, now Edwards will ride a two-fight win streak into Maximum Fighting Championship at River Cree Casino February 26.
Edwards TKO'd Kyle Jensen in October and tapped James Warfield in a triangle choke in September, both intense performances for the veteran who has recommitted himself at American Top Team to returning to the top of the lightweight division.
"You know, I think it’s all mental. You hear coming up that so much of this sport is mental and you don’t really understand it until you’ve been around for awhile," Edwards explained Friday. "Now, I’ve been around for awhile and I’ve seen a lot of guys not perform the way they’re capable of. But, I know where I need to be and I’m just ready to fight."
Bobby Lashley vs Yohan Banks possible for Strikeforce: 'Miami'
Former WWE star and collegiate wrestling champion Bobby Lashley (4-0) is likely to make his mixed martial arts debut for the San Jose-based Strikeforce promotion against Yohan Banks (2-1) at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, Jan. 30, according to MMAWeekly.
The "Miami" bout has yet to be finalized and is currently awaiting commission approval.
"The Dominator," who also moonlights as a "face" for TNA Wrestling, entered the world of cage fighting back in Dec. 2008 as a co-headliner for South Florida's Mixed Fighting Alliance (MFA). The 6'3" powerhouse needed just 41-seconds to extirpate Joshua Franklin via doctor's stoppage.
Lightweight Kurt Pellegrino in for UFC 111
UFC lightweight contender and New Jersey native Kurt Pellegrino (14-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) will fight in hid home state for the first time in more than four years.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that Pellegrino has committed to fight at UFC 111 at the Prudential Center in March.
An opponent for Pellegrino has yet to be determined.
The bout will be the 30-year-old's first since an August win over Josh Neer. Pellegrino was expected to face Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in December, but herniated discs forced "Batman" off of the card.
Clay Guida & Sean Sherk Agree To UFN 21 Fight
The first UFC event on Versus-UFC FIght Night 21 in Match, continues to take shape, and a big fight is in the works between Clay Guida & Sean Sherk. Verbal agreements in place, paperwork pending. The fight may also be contingent on Guida being cleared to return early from a 180-day medical suspension following UFC 107.
Liddell Lands Role In Major Motion Picture
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell has recently been on location in Santa Fe, New Mexico filming the feature film “Passion Play” starring 2009 Golden Globe award winner Mickey Rourke and actress Megan Fox.The 40-year-old mixed martial artist went through several auditions beating out other actors to get the role.
Assuncao Believes Judging Needs To Be Consistent
"I actually didn't have the worry, right when I first accepted, but of course as time goes by and you start to train and people are like be careful," Assuncao told MMAWeekly.com. "Because people tell be careful with the decision, you're going to go to Sacramento."