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Memo to WEC: Doing a PPV in May Is Asking for Disaster
I've long been a skeptic of the WEC's prospects for PPV, but I understand why they need to start running PPV events. If they can't succeed on PPV they won't be financially viable in the long haul, and they can't count on Zuffa subsidizing them just to keep Versus occupied forever. However, May is a bad month for an obvious reason: there is way too much competition for the WEC to succeed in May.
WEC's Harris Says Aldo Vs. Faber Will Be May PPV
WEC general manager Reed Harris, while on “Dave and Mahoney in the Morning” on X107.5 radio in Las Vegas, confirmed that the fight between current WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and former champion Urijah Faber will headline a May pay-per-view.
WEC Quick Quote: Jens Pulver can still compete if he stops being dumb
"This fight is very important man. I can't lose 5 fights in a row, come on. It can't happen, so this fight means a lot man. I feel like I have been losing because I was dumb, you know what I'm saying? I'm just getting caught in dumb stuff. even in the first fight with Urijah, don't get me wrong, he is fast, but I made his hands look faster because I fought dumb. But I want to show everyone that I can still fight and that I can still compete."
Caraway vs. Paixao Latest Addition To WEC Card
Caraway (14-4) made his WEC debut in January after stepping in on short notice to face Canadian fighter Mark Hominick. The former EliteXC and Strikeforce fighter was doing well in the bout until he got caught in an armbar that forced the TapouT and handed Caraway his first loss after winning three fights in a row.
Palaszewski vs. Darabedyan In WEC March 6
The lightweights will go to battle as the WEC invades Columbus, OH when former IFL stand-out, Bart Palaszewski, takes on rising star, Karen Darabedyan, in a 155lb contest on the undercard of the Saturday night event. The bout was announced by the WEC on Tuesday.A winner in his last two fights, Palaszewski is looking to build upon his last victory in the WEC, a split decision nod he got over Anthony Pettis back in December.
Miguel Torres fires camp; now Dellagrotte, Drysdale
Some media outlets called it the upset of the year. It was shocking to see Brian Bowles take out Miguel Torres at WEC 42 and it did upset the former bantamweight champ. Torres realized he had gotten into a comfort zone, was surrounded by yes men and was fighting with the wrong approach. "I've used the same training partners for 11 or 12 years, and I haven't brought any of them back for this fight," Torres told the Las Vegas Sun. "What ended up happening was — I wasn't getting cocky, they got cocky. They would say, 'Oh, you're going to kill this guy. He's only got seven fights.'"
- Castillo VS. Pettis Added To WEC In Columbus
The fight card for the WEC's debut in Columbus, OH is filling up fast as the promotion announced the addition of a lightweight bout pitting Danny Castillo against Anthony Pettis in a preliminary fight on the show. The promotion made the announcement about the fight on Monday evening. Castillo currently holds a 3-2 record in the WEC with wins over notable fighters such as Ricardo Lamas and Rafael Dias. His losses come by way of two of the top fighters in the WEC's lightweight division in Donald Cerrone and Shane Roller.
Miguel Torres: 'A rematch with Brian Bowles is more important to me than a title shot'
Former 135-pound kingpin Miguel Torres goes back to basics after a stunning defeat at the heavy hands of new bantamweight champion Brian Bowles at WEC 42 back in August 2009. Bowles will make his first title defense at WEC 47 on March 6 in a bout that will have Torres driving the Cruz bandwagon so that he can get back into the cage with Bowles and prove his loss was a fluke. Will Torres get his revenge? Or has his storied championship reign come to an end, much like Urijah Faber's did at WEC 36 now that the WEC has a stacked roster?
Chad George vs. Scott Jorgensen added to WEC 47 prelims
With the main card just about complete, WEC 47's preliminary card is starting to take shape.World Extreme Cagefighting officials today announced a bantamweight matchup between Chad George (11-4 MMA, 1-0 WEC) and rising contender Scott Jorgensen (8-3 MMA, 4-2 WEC) is now part of the March 6 event.WEC 47 takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.The main card, including a headliner of WEC 47 bantamweight champ Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz, airs on Versus.
WEC officially adds Casimir vs. Lamas, Davis vs. Taurosevicius to WEC 47
The WEC today officially added two bouts to its upcoming WEC 47 event as Bendy Casimir (19-5-2 MMA, 0-0 WEC) vs. Ricardo Lamas (7-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) and L.C. Davis (15-2 MMA, 2-0 WEC) vs. Deividas Taurosevicius (12-3 MMA, 2-0 WEC) were announced on the organization's official Twitter account. The organization did not specify if the contests would take place on the evening's Versus-televised main card or un-aired preliminary card.
Mike Brown Not Waiting Around For Title Shot
Former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight titleholder Mike Brown could wait to fight the winner of Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber, but he has no plans on waiting that long before getting back in action.“I want to stay busy. I want to fight another one, like, as soon as possible,” Brown told MMAWeekly.com.
With Haitian relatives now safe, WEC's Macken Semerzier asks fans for support
Most of us will never fully understand the amount of destruction this past week's earthquake delivered to the impoverished nation of Haiti. WEC featherweight Mackens Semerzier is not one of those people. Born in Florida to Haitian parents and married to a Haitian wife, Semerzier waited days to learn the fate of many of his family members who remained in the Caribbean nation. While his family survived the disaster, Semerzier knows there are many others still in need. Now he's turning to the MMA community for assistance.
WEC confirms Torres vs. Benavidez, Pulver vs. Vazquez for WEC 47 in March
After recently announcing Miguel Torres (37-2 MMA, 5-1 WEC) and Jens Pulver (22-12 MMA, 1-4 WEC) will return at WEC 47 in March, World Extreme Cagefighting officials today confirmed their respective opponents: Joseph Benavidez (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Javier Vazquez (13-4 MMA, 0-2 WEC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported both of the matchups last month. WEC 47 takes place March 6 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, with a Versus-televised headliner of WEC bantamweight champ Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz. The event marks the WEC's debut in Ohio, which regulates more MMA shows per year than other state in the U.S.
Leonard Garcia and Diego Nunes verbally agree to WEC 47 bout
Featherweights Leonard Garcia (13-5 MMA, 3-2 WEC) and Diego Nunes (13-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) have verbally agreed to meet at WEC 47 in March, and bout agreements should be finalized in the coming week. Sources close to the event today confirmed the matchup with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The event takes place March 6 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The main card, including a a headliner of WEC featherweight champ Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz, airs on Versus.
Wagnney Fabiano “Faber will be knocked out by José Aldo”
The quote above is from Wagnney Fabiano, José Aldo’s team partner. Nova União’s black belt, Wagnney is very confident to the next fight of Aldo on WEC, that Will be against Urijah Faber. “I think Faber is dangerous than (Mike) Brown, but I think that he will be knocked out (laugh). If it isn’t on the beginning it’s gonna be forward… If Brown last two rounds, he will last three. The end is the same, it’s gonna be knocked out”, bets.
FABER WOULD LIKE MID-MAY SHOWDOWN WITH ALDO
It's likely to be the fight that headlines the first ever WEC pay-per-view, and even though former champion Urijah Faber is only days removed from his latest win, he's already breaking down his next opponent, featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Watching a DVD of all of Aldo's 18 fights, Faber believes that he can find a weakness in the game of a fighter who has looked nearly unbeatable in all of his fights in the WEC. The "California Kid" is confident he'll have the kryptonite to Aldo's Superman...
WEC Quick Quote: Urijah Faber feels he has the 'edge' over Jose Aldo
First off, you have to be able to match his speed, which I know I can do. Just be wary of all his tools. He's got some really dangerous tools. Stand up, he's got those low leg kicks that open things up for him. He's got the knees that seem to reach people's faces very, very easily, and he's got really fast, powerful hands. So I'll be aware of that, have good defense, and be ready to throw my own heavy punches and be able to dictate where the fight goes with takedowns. And I feel like, even though he's a black belt, I feel like I still have the grappling edge." Urijah Faber sat down with Pro MMA Radio this past Monday (Jan. 11) to discuss his upcoming title fight with the young and dangerous WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
WEC 46 Medical Suspensions
The CSAC has anounced the medical suspensions from WEC 46. Although all the suspended fighters can be cleared to return early, all 9 who were suspended got at least 60 day suspensions and 5, including Jamie Varner, got 180 days.
WEC 46 Fighter Payouts
The CSAC has revealed the disclosed fighter payouts from last night's WEC 46. The total disclosed payouts were $272,000 with the biggest share-$52,000-going, not surprisingly, to Urijah Faber.
Ex-champ Varner surprised by Henderson's game plan, clarifies post-fight comments
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jamie Varner's intel turned out to be wrong in his title unification fight with Ben Henderson.The former WEC lightweight champion, who lives a short drive from the Glendale, Ariz.- based Henderson in Phoenix, said he had received information that the newly crowed champ had hired a boxing coach and was looking to bang at Sunday's WEC 46 event.