WEC moving forward with flyweight division
In early 2009, World Extreme Cagefighting announced its intentions of adding a flyweight division. On a media conference call on Tuesday, WEC General Manager Reed Harris said to expect further announcements this year on the 125-pound weight class being incorporated into the organization.
“We’re working on it,” said Harris. “The thing that we focus on in WEC is making sure that all of our fights are meaningful and making sure our divisions are deep. Part of that is making sure your guys get fights. So right now we’re focusing on the divisions we have, getting those guys plenty of fights, keeping them busy.
“We’re working on the flyweight division and sometime, I’m sure, in 2010, we’ll announce that we’re going to be forming that and get that moving.”
Next up for Aldo: Winner of Faber vs. Assuncao
As the hours tick away, Urijah Faber and Raphael Assuncao now know that they are not only headed for a tough fight against each other on Sunday night in Sacramento, Calif., but also a fight that will likely determine the next contender to WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
“We’ve definitely had that discussion,” said WEC general manager Reed Harris on Tuesday. “Ultimately Sean Shelby, our matchmaker, will make that decision, and we always like to wait until after the fight. But I’ll be honest with you guys, we’ve had that discussion over the last week.”
Ben Henderson's greatness lies in his humility
At the start of 2009, Ben Henderson was a young up and comer who hoped to make his way in a growing lightweight division in the WEC. By the end of the year, he was holding an interim title belt and being mentioned as a candidate for "Fighter of the Year."
On paper it may seem that 2009 will be hard to top, but Henderson is determined to do just that. It starts with his title unification bout with WEC champion Jamie Varner on Jan. 10.
Mike Thomas Brown Re-Ups With WEC
Former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Thomas Brown, who reigned as champion after shocking the world by defeating then-champion Urijah Faber until recently losing to Jose Aldo, has signed a new 5-fight deal with WEC. The deal comes just a week before he returns to action at WEC 46 on 1/10.
Roop vs. Wineland official for WEC 46
With just one week until World Extreme Cagefighting returns to the Versus airwaves, the recently shuffled lineup is finally complete.
After a pair of late injuries left bantamweights George Roop (10-5 MMA, 0-0 WEC) and Eddie Wineland (15-6-1 MMA, 2-2 WEC) without opponents, the promotion has paired the two against each other to complete the evening's 10-fight card
Clint Godfrey signs with WEC, meets Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 46
A day after reporting that that bantamweight Frank Gomez (8-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) has been forced off the WEC 46 card with an undisclosed injury, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed his replacement: WEC newcomer Clint Godfrey (11-1 MMA, 0-0 WEC).WEC officials today confirmed that featherweight prospect Godfrey has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and meets Wagnney Fabiano (12-2 MMA, 2-1 WEC) at WEC 46. The officials confirmed the fight will take place at 135 pounds.
Frank Gomez forced out of WEC 46; Wagnney Fabiano waits on new opponent
Greg Jackson's MMA-trained bantamweight Frank Gomez (8-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) has suffered an undisclosed injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from a planned bout at WEC 46 bout with Wagnney Fabiano (12-2 MMA, 2-1 WEC).
News of the injury was first reported by "The MMA Show" with Mauro Ranallo, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the change with sources close to the promotion.
Fabiano is expected to remain on the card, though a replacement opponent has not yet been secured.
Featuring a lightweight title unification match between dual champs Jamie Varner and Benson Henderson, WEC 46 takes place Jan. 10 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The main card airs live on Versus.
Mark Hominick vs WEC newcomer Brian Caraway targeted for WEC 46
After a few recent injuries forced WEC officials into a bit of minor card-shuffling, it appears the promotion's next event is once again complete.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that Mark Hominick (16-8 MMA, 0-2 WEC) is likely to face WEC newcomer Bryan Caraway (14-3 MMA, 0-0 WEC) on the preliminary card of "WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson."
The WEC was forced to look for a new opponent for Hominick when Yves Jobouin was forced to withdraw from the card this past week.
Rafael Rebello Off WEC 46, Wineland To Face Roop
Rafael Rebello is now off WEC 46 for as-yet-unknown reasons, becoming the second fighter in just the last few days to pull out of the card. He was to have faced Eddie Wineland. Wineland will not get a replacement foe, instead he will now face George Roop, who too was opponent-less when original opponent Jesse Moreng had to pull out.
WEC 45 ratings,Down 21%
This past weekend's broadcast of "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff" on Versus drew a 0.4 household rating and averaged 330,000 viewers, Versus officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The event took place Dec. 19 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The show featured a non-title headliner and few of the organization's top stars. Additionally, the event went head-to-head with "Strikeforce: Evolution" on Showtime. Therefore, it's not surprising that ratings were down 21 percent compared to the two most recent WEC-Versus broadcasts.
WEC 45 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has released the official fighter payouts from WEC 45. The total disclosed payouts were $162,000 with the biggest share-$25,000-going to Joseph Benavidez.
FORMER CHAMP MIKE BROWN RETURNS AT WEC 46
World Extreme Cagefighting on Saturday night announced former featherweight champion Mike Brown (22-5) would make his return – just two months after losing the title to Jose Aldo – at the Arco Arena. He will face Anthony Morrison (10-7), who finished UFC veteran Alvin Robinson in little more than a minute at a recent Ring of Fire event in Denver.
WEC 45 bonuses (spoiler-ish)
LAS VEGAS – Donald Cerrone, Ed Ratcliff, Scott Jorgensen, Takeya Mizugaki, Anthony Njokuani and Brad Pickett each earned fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff" event.
Canadian Horodecki Ready to make WEC Debut in Las Vegas
Some worry about ring rust as Chris (The Polish Hammer) Horodecki returns to action Saturday night in his World Extreme Cagefighting debut. The baby-faced 22-year-old from London, Ont., has fought just once since April 2008 after all.
But an excited Horodecki (13-1) sees it differently.
"This would be my fourth fight this year," he said. "If everything had went through the way it should have."
Of course it didn't.