Njokuani Impresses in WEC, Looks to Beat Horodecki
From breakdancing to cage-fighting and Nigeria to the U.S., Anthony (The Assassin) Njokuani has come a long way.
The 29-year-old lightweight takes on Canadian Chris (The Polish Hammer) Horodecki in the co-main event of a World Extreme Cagefighting card Saturday night in Las Vegas. A win over the former IFL star and the hard-punching Njokuani moves nearer the front of the 155-pound contenders' in the WEC.
Big John is back...but not as a ref!
Dave Meltzer gets the news that the beloved referee Big John McCarthy will be working his first Zuffa event since The Ultimate Fighter 6 finale two years ago. However, McCarthy will be working as a judge instead of a referee at WEC 46 scheduled to take place on January 10th in Sacramento...
WEC 45: Courtney Buck Says Fight Could Cost Him His Job
Sometimes, determining a fighter's true motivation can prove a little difficult. But as WEC newcomer Courtney Buck preps for his WEC 45 preliminary card contest with undefeated featherweight Brandon Visher , the Minnesotan's driving force is quite clear. An auto-finance underwriter by trade, Buck didn't have much time to negotiate with his employer before accepting the Saturday night fight at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. When Tyler Toner was forced to withdraw from the bout on Tuesday, Buck was asked to fill in. He accepted...but it could cost him his day job.
With UFC, WEC On Versus, PPVs To Remain Split
While the UFC and WEC will now both host live events on Versus, don't expect the two companies to share talent anytime soon. Despite longstanding reports, rumors and requests for a potential merge between the two Zuffa, LLC-owned fight promotions, UFC president Dana White today said not to read too much into the fact that both organizations will now share a broadcast partner. And when asked specifically if WEC talent would ever be featured on the same card as that of the UFC's, White had a simple answer. "No."
Execs says Versus to air UFC Fight Night-type events; move to NBC possible?
The two Ultimate Fighting Championship events that air on Versus in 2010 will likely be UFC Fight Night broadcasts similar to those on Spike TV, UFC president Dana White today said.
In a media conference call, White and Versus executive Marc Fein today discussed the finer points of a deal announced earlier this week. It calls for two 2010 UFC events to air on Versus, which also airs shows from the UFC's sister promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting.
No UFC events have been selected for Versus just yet, nor have company executives determined which days of the week the events will air.
However, White assured it won't be a second-rate event.
Win or lose in WEC 45 main event, Donald Cerrone dropping to 145 pounds
Win or lose at Saturday's WEC 45 event, top lightweight contender Donald Cerrone is dropping a weight class and competing at featherweight for some future fights.The WEC 45 headliner today announced the news on MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).Cerrone, who said he hasn't even discussed the plan with WEC officials, plans to take a couple fights in the division and then bounce between the two weight classes."After this fight, I'm going to dabble down at 145," said Cerrone, who headlines the Versus-televised WEC 45 event at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. "I'm going to give it a go, win or lose. But it's going to be a win, so I'm not real worried about it.
Miguel Torres Targeted For WEC 47 Return
With a firm date and location in place for WEC 47, the organization is now looking for an opponent for former Bantamweight champion Miguel Torres. Torres is expected to fight another top contender at the as-yet-unannounced March 6 event in Columbus, Ohio. And should Torres earn a win, WEC general manager Reed Harris says Torres could be in line for a tile shot.
WEC Quick Quote: Donald Cerrone is going to call out Jose Aldo
"I’m going to call out Jose Aldo and drop down to 145. I’m really looking forward to that. I’m not running away from the 155 pound weight class. I’m going to stay at 155, but just also going to fight at 145."
-- Perennial WEC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone dropped in on the *********** “The Ground and Pound” radio show this past Monday to discuss his upcoming bout with Ed Ratcliff and, apparently, his desire to move down to the 145-pound division.
Harris: Jens Pulver Returns In 2010
Although his comments following his last fight in WEC suggested otherwise, Jens Pulver will be returning to the cage in 2010. That's the latest word from WEC GM Reed Harris, who simply said "Jens is going to fight again. He wants to fight." Pulver is only 1-4 in WEC since leaving UFC and dropping to Featherweight.
WEC Definitely To PPV In 2010, DirecTV Sooner
During a radio appearance Monday night, WEC GM Reed Harris said big things are on the horizon. He's optimistic WEC will be back on DirecTV very soon, maybe even in time for WEC 45 on December 19, and WEC will absolutely be on PPV next year-just a matter of when. Harris says WEC is targeting mid-year for the first PPV, maybe sooner, depending on how the January card goes. Additionally, WEC will run a Saturday show in March during the annual Arnold Classic in Ohio.
Silvas’ advice to José Aldo
“My tip is to keep focused, don’t forget the origins and to listen to people who wants good things to you”, said, knowing that Aldo is well advised. “Now will appear a lot of people by your side while you’re successful, but Dedé (Pederneiras) is a great leader, Nova União is getting even more strong and they never let down. I wish him all the happiness of the world… Now is to enjoy the title, because there will be fights again soon”.
After WEC 44 win, featherweight Cub Swanson wants second crack at Jose Aldo
After defeating John Franchi at November's WEC 44 event, Cub Swanson (14-3 MMA, 4-2 WEC) has a simple message for new featherweight champ Jose Aldo.
In their previous engagement this past June, Aldo knocked out Swanson with a brutal flying knee followed by punches that were hardly necessary. The entire fight lasted just eight seconds.
"He's a tough dude," Swanson admitted.
Dave Jansen Returns At WEC 46, But Not Facing Casimir
Undefeated WEC Lightweight Dave Jansen is set to return to action at WEC 46, but there's been a slight change of plans. Jansen originally appeared set to face Bendy Casimir, who would be making his WEC debut, but it now appears Jansen will face Kamal Shalrous instead, who just made his WEC debut at WEC 44 this month. Casimir should debut in 2010.
Don't Know Anthony Njokuani? You Should
Until he walks to his dressing room, Anthony Njokuani is a guy getting better all the time. He’s made peace with his family. He’s getting respect as a mixed martial artist. He smiles a lot.Then, backstage, he thinks about his childhood. “The Assassin” emerges.Njokuani, 29, is an up-and-comer in the WEC lightweight division. Guided by his idol, Anderson Silva, the six-foot native Nigerian stumbled in his debut against contender Ben Henderson, but racked up two straight victories in subsequent appearances this year.
Pickett Pulls Double-Duty With 135 & WEC Debut
One of the U.K’s best-kept secrets, British slugger Brad Pickett, has become another name added to the Zuffa roster, recently signing on with World Extreme Cagefighting.A Cage Rage veteran, Pickett over the years has carved his name as one of the leading featherweight prospects not just in England, but in the world.When the call came for Brad to join the ranks of one of the world’s leading promotions, which highlights the lighter weight classes, it was an experience that Pickett met with thrill and a level-headed attitude.
With WEC 46 win, Urijah Faber wants his shot at new champ Jose Aldo
Despite a stellar career record, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (22-3 MMA, 7-2 WEC) undoubtedly feels like he's got a score to settle with Mike Brown.
Two losses in less than a year will do that to you.
But if "The California Kid" is able to claim a victory over Raphael Assuncao (14-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) at WEC 46 in January, Faber isn't hoping for another crack at Brown. Faber wants his title back.