WEC Quick Quote: Varner's 'D' was trying to stop the run
Former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner talks during the WEC 46 post-fight press conference about the effective gamplan Ben Henderson used to unify the 155-pound title via third round submission. "C-4" was trying to explode on the up-and-comer but had no answer for the "Smooth" strategy and left his neck out for a quick tap out. Is Varner trying to take a little something away from the Henderson win with the constant "run" references -- or is it merely a matter of outlining his opponent's strategy and commending him for it?
"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.
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.
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
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.”
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."
After initial hesitation, "Cheesesteak" Morrison ready to eat as WEC 46 nears
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Recent WEC signee Anthony "Cheesesteak" Morrison (15-7 MMA, 0-0 WEC) didn't get his nickname by accident, so you can almost imagine what he was doing when he received his call to the big leagues.
"I was on my way back home from going to Max's Cheesesteaks," Morrison recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "They called me and were like, 'Are you sitting down?' I don't like surprises, so I was like, 'What's up?' They said, 'You've got an opportunity to fight Mike Brown in the WEC.'"
Morrison's first answer might not be exactly what you'd expect to hear, though the response is undeniably understandable.
"I said, 'I don't know,'" Morrison said. "I ain't even gonna front. I was like, 'I don't know.'
"I talked to my wife, and she was kind of scared. I talked to her, and my coach talked to her, SuckerPunch Entertainment president Brian Butler talked to her. We all got on the phone, we all conversed, and here I am. I got my team behind me, and I'm here, ready to work."
Shinzo Machida likely to go to WEC
Lyoto Machida’s younger brother Shinzo, a karate black belt like Lyoto, could soon be signing with the WEC, according to Brazilian MMA writer Eduardo Cruz. He left a post in the Fighters Only Forums today saying MMA manager Jorge Guimaraes, who looks after the Machidas, had mentioned the news.
Guimaraes was interviewed in his home country recently and when asked about the prospect of Shinzo signing with the WEC soon had replied, “That’s a reality.”
Reports today said that Shinzo is being considered for the UFC or WEC, but his 1-1 record is unlikely to earn him a UFC spot. That promotion wants developed fighters, not those that are still learning (except perhaps Kimbo Slice). The WEC could also benefit in profile terms from having the brother of the UFC light-heavyweight champion on board.
Title Shot Looming,Faber Locked On Assuncao
With a title shot looming if he’s successful at WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson on Sunday night, Urijah Faber remains focused on the task at hand.The former WEC featherweight champion takes on top five ranked Raphael Assuncao on Jan. 10 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., but isn’t distracted by the promise of a title shot against Jose Aldo if victorious.
WEC Should Be Called The Urijah Faber Show
That's the sentiment of WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner, who thinks that since the former WEC Featherweight Champion gets all the big promotional deals, they should just rename WEC "The Urijah Faber Show". Varner may be slightly upset that he actually called and asked WEC about getting on board with Pepsi thanks to connections Varner has. Of course the deal went to Faber.
Brown focused on Morrison, then title shot
It didn't take long for the feeling of a loss to sink in before former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown was making the call to get back in the cage. As a matter of fact, it was the very next day.
Brown, who lost his 145-pound title to Jose Aldo in November, was quick to pull the trigger and ask for another fight to get the bad taste out of his mouth.
PUNCHDRUNKGAMER'S BEST OF 2009 AWARDS
PUNCHDRUNKGAMER'S BEST OF 2009 AWARDS
Event of the Year
UFC 100 (July 11, 2009)
Mid-year the UFC put on their 100th numbered event which featured two championship bouts, a knockout of the year candidate, and wars and upsets.
In the main event Brock Lesnar used size, power, and technique to shut down Frank Mir's half-guard and pounded out a second round stoppage. Right alongside the heavyweight title bout was Georges St. Pierre's one-sided decision over top contender Thiago Alves. St. Pierre utilized striking to set up takedowns and used superior wrestling to keep his Muay Thai based opponent on his back.
UFC 100 also featured Dan Henderson's bomb on the chin of Michael Bisping which was followed up but the highly debated tomahawk to a dreaming Bisping. Jon Fitch ground out a decision to avenge teammate Josh Koscheck against Paulo Thiago, Jim Miller stepped up and defeated TUF winner Mac Danzig, hall of famer Mark Coleman outworked TUF finalist Stephan Bonnar, Yoshihiro Akiyama battled Alan Belcher in a stand-up war, Dong Hyun Kim upset T.J. Grant, and Jon Jones submitted Jake O'Brien.
Semerzier Eyes Magnificent Encore against Taurosevicius
Producing what was arguably MMA’s grandest upset of the year in 2009 will be of little consolation to Mackens Semerzier if he falls short Sunday against Deividas Taurosevicius, a chiseled submission specialist who has trained under Renzo Gracie.
Keenly aware that you’re only as good as your last fight in MMA, Semerzier has grown tired of talking about his breakthrough win over highly-regarded Wagnney Fabiano – a defeat so resounding it prompted the Brazilian to drop a weight class. Semerzier doesn’t want the triumph to be the signature win of his career and is focused on getting past the hard-nosed Lithuanian in a main card bout that will be televised on the VERSUS network (9pm ET / 6pm PT).
Will WEC 46 Be Urijah Faber's Last Stand as a Star?
...at 31, Faber is in the most danger of losing his status as the WEC’s marquee star since the company’s relationship with Versus started. He’s 22-3 but has lost two of his past three fights, both to former champion Mike Brown.
A win would lead to what could be promoted as the biggest event in company history – perhaps even the WEC’s first pay-per-view main event, as has been discussed internally. A loss would for the first time remove him from title contention. Assuncao is a submission expert, having submitted eight opponents, and is particularly dangerous with the armbar.
Raphael Assuncao: Fighting his way into the light
He may be the most underrated Top 10 featherweight in the sport right now, but Raphael Assuncao knows that everything he's done up till now has earned him the shot against Urijah Faber this Sunday night at WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson in Sacramento, Calif. He also knows with one more win he will get a shot against champion Jose Aldo and the WEC 145-pound divisional title.
Going 2-0 since making his move to the WEC, Assuncao has finally gotten the big fight he was gunning for since moving to the promotion. It's an opportunity he doesn't intend on wasting.
Mike Brown needs to 'go berserk' at WEC 46 to get back into the featherweight title hunt
"I just went straight back to it -- I didn't even take time off. I've felt worse before after losses -- I've gone into a depression before after losses. It's part of the game. I don't want to lose but I lost to a tough guy and I've just got to re-calculate things, figure out where my mistakes were and come back stronger. I know what went wrong. I changed my training a little bit. I changed my pace trying to be ready for five rounds, training more like a long-distance runner, and I sacrificed some of my power. I need to get back to becoming the kind of fighter who can beat someone in the first two minutes of the fight. I need to just go berserk."
Jamie Varner Isn't Happy With the WEC's Marketing
"…That’s one thing I don’t like about the WEC, they put all their marquee dollars into Urijah Faber, so when Urijah lost his world title to Mike Brown, it’s like who is Mike Brown? And then I’m fighting the main event for this fight coming up, and you would have no idea that I’m the main event in Sacramento, cause all we’re doing is pumping up Urijah Faber. And the fight in San Diego, all they’re doing is pumping up Urijah Faber."
WEC 46 gets extended time slot on Versus
World Extreme Cagefighting returns to Sacramento on Jan. 10 with WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson. It will air live on Versus, and the network has extended the timeslot to two and a half hours.
“We’ve been able to move to a two and a half hour show with this event on Versus. Versus has given us more time and we are really, really happy about that," said WEC General Manager Reed Harris on a media conference call promoting the event. “We’re going to be able to get all five of our main event fights on TV as well as possibly some other prelim fights depending on the time.”