WEC News - Page 15
Do you have a hot MMA story or news item that you have found and would like to share? Simply read the instructions, then post it to our MMA News Share Forum to have it display here for the community to read on this page.
WEC 44 Draws 1845 Attendees For $131,200 Gate
The NSAC today announced the attendance and live gate for last week's WEC 44 event. The event drew 1845 total fans to The Pearl At The Palms, of which 1132 paid and 713 comps were issued. 297 tickets were unsold/unused. The live gate was $131,200, but while that sounds low WEC likely received free use of the venue so that number likely is not a failure by any means.
WEC 44 ratings: "Brown vs. Aldo" scores 414,000 viewers on Versus
This past week's broadcast of "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo" on Versus scored a 0.5 household rating and averaged an audience of 414,000 viewers. MMAjunkie.com today confirmed the ratings information with Versus officials. WEC 44 took place Nov. 18 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Jose Aldo topped WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown in the night's main event, and Manny Gamburyan edged Leonard Garcia in the co-headliner. The WEC 44 ratings were similar to those for WEC 43, which drew 419,000 viewers. The Oct. 10 event, which took place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, featured Benson's Henderson's decision victory over Donald Cerrone in the night's main event.
With Jose Aldo win, WEC's Wagnney Fabiano headed to bantamweight division
While Jose Aldo's 145-pound title win made waves in the WEC's featherweight division, the ripple effect has spread to the bantamweight class, as well. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the WEC that former featherweight contender and Aldo's Nova Uniao teammate, Wagnney Fabiano (12-2 MMA, 2-1 WEC), will make the drop to 135 pounds for his next fight. A date for Fabiano's bantamweight debut has not been set. It was Aldo, at just 23 years old, who was originally considering a move to the 135-pound division to make way for Fabiano's run at the title. But with Aldo's current 6-0 run in the WEC, including an impressive win over former champ Mike Brown at this past Wednesday's WEC 44 event, it's now Fabiano who will seek the Nova Uniao team's second title belt.
WEC 44 medical suspensions: Nunes, Swanson, Banuelos suspended six months
LAS VEGAS – The Nevada State Athletic Commission has issued medical suspensions to seven fighters, including headliner Mike Brown, from this past Wednesday's "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo" event, and three of the competitors could be out of action for up to six month. Diego Nunces, Cub Swanson and Antonio Banuelos were issued the lengthy suspensions for injuries ranging from an orbital blowout fracture to a broken hand.
Jose Aldo: If you think my striking is good, you should see my jiu-jitsu
"I’m young and I know it takes a lifetime to get a dream like this. With everything that happened to me back in the days, now it’s like a dream come true. I always want to please my public, my fans, and I want to keep my fights standing. That’s what everybody expects. But, like I said before, I’m a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under master Andre Pederneiras and it’s my base. Jiu-Jitsu is my base. So if you think I’m a good striker, you are going to be very impressed with my ground fighting."
WEC 44 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has released the official fighter payouts from last night's WEC 44 event. The total disclosed payouts were $236,500 with the biggest share-$36,000-going to Manny Gamburyan. For those wondering, NEW WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo earned $26,000 for his title win, excluding bonuses.
Former WEC champ Mike Brown: "I've got to figure out what's next"
Nearly an hour after dropping his WEC featherweight title to new champion Jose Aldo (16-1 MMA, 6-0 WEC), Mike Brown (22-5 MMA, 4-1 WEC) still seemed to be processing what had happened. Nevertheless, Brown took his turn in front of the media at Saturday night's WEC 44 post-event press conference and tried to figure out what went wrong. "I should have opened up more," Brown told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I think I was too conservative. Maybe more takedown attempts. I really have to see the tape." Brown was halted in the second frame of a five-round affair at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The loss was Brown's first in nearly four years, and the former champ had nothing but good things to say about the man that beat him. "[Aldo] is a fast, good striker," Brown said. "He hit me with some pretty good shots. His takedown defense was good. "I was a little weary to shoot double-legs on him because I know his knees are really good. Maybe I could have tried to mix it up and try that. I was trying to throw a shot, clinch and push him against the cage and take him down. It wasn't really working. He had good balance."
WEC 44 Title Shot A Dream Come True For Aldo
WEC featherweight contender Jose Aldo is living a dream. Aldo, 23, faces champion Mike Brown Wednesday at WEC 44 in Las Vegas in his first bid for a major title. He has steamrolled five consecutive opponents since his WEC debut last June, and done it with two things: speed and explosiveness. Not unlike his idol, Mike Tyson, who at Aldo’s age was laying waste to boxing’s heavyweight division. It took Aldo just 8 seconds to cinch a contender spot with a double knee knockout of Cub Swanson in June – his eighth consecutive victory. Swanson had just bested Japanese standout Hiroyuki Takaya and was rebuilding towards a title run.
Reed Harris: UFC-WEC Merger Rumors False
UFC and WEC are not merging anytime soon. When news of this happening broke over the weekend, WEC GM Reed Harris was quick to call this report "a lie" and suggested the outlet decided to "make up stories" to draw traffic to its Web site. Harris also reiterated there are on plans for a merger.
Miguel Torres: Training with boxer Miguel Cotto an "eye-opening" experience
Torres was once a winner of 17 straight bouts and the virtually invincible World Extreme Cagefighting 135-pound champion. Consecutive win No. 18 and the fourth defense of his title were givens at WEC 42 in August against the undefeated yet largely unknown Brian Bowles. Little was expected out of Bowles, The HardCore Gym product, a heavy underdog armed with a weapon that wasn't so much a secret. Torres knew about Bowles' cannon of a right hand and said all he had to do was avoid it. Torres exploded late into the first round with a combination of punches until Bowles broke out the weapon , caught Torres and sent him to the canvas. It was the first of 13 unanswered blows that concluded the WEC's biggest upset since Mike Brown stunned Urijah Faber to win the featherweight crown.
Varner vs. Henderson, Assuncao vs. Faber official for WEC 46 in Sacramento
The long-awaited return of WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner (16-2 MMA, 4-0 WEC) is now official, and the Arizona Combat Sports product meets interim champ Benson Henderson (10-1 MMA, 3-0 WEC) at WEC 46. The WEC today officially announced the lightweight unification bout as well as a featherweight contest between former champ Urijah Faber (22-3 MMA, 7-2 WEC) and top contender Raphael Assuncao (14-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) at the recently rumored event. WEC 46 takes place Jan. 10 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
Mike Brown: “I’m hungry to keep the title”
At November 18, Mike Brown goes toe to toe with the knockout artist Jose Aldo to defend his WEC featherweight title. Two weeks before the fight, the American Top Team talent spoke with TATAME.com about the fight, promising a great show and showing a lot of respect for the contender. “I’m sure he’s training very hard and hungry for the title, but I’m hungry to keep the title. It’s gonna be a great battle between me and Aldo, no doubt”, Brown said, ready for the fight. “I can fight tomorrow. I was ready two weeks ago to the fight”.
No retirement for Lil Evil: Jens Pulver says training camp has started
Although retirement from mixed martial arts seemed inevitable following his loss to Josh Grispi in May, Jens Pulver apparently will fight again. The former UFC champion and early MMA superstar on late Sunday confirmed he is preparing for another fight. "Tomorrow I start training camp," he posted in his official Facebook profile.
José Aldo focused on Mike Brown
“My expectations are the best as possible, I’m training a lot to make an excellent fight”, Aldo said. “My fans can expect the best of me and I’ll represent Brazil very well. I’m studying his strong sides, he has a good Wrestling and standing up he’s dangerous. I don’t see an specific place that I could win, so I’m preparing well in all the ways, emphasizing the stand up and the ground and training a little of Wrestling too. I’m 100% ready to any situation and the audience can expect a good fight“.
WEC signs British fighter Brad Pickett
Brad ’One Punch’ Pickett (17-4) has been signed to a multi-fight deal with the WEC and will debut for the promotion early 2010, Fighters Only can reveal. The London fighter will be entering the 135lb division and has as many as six fights on his contract, WEC general manager Reed Harris told us today. “Brad Pickett has never really fought on the big, big shows, yet everyone knows who he is. That is a testament to the kind of fighter that he is. He is going to be fight at 135lbs, and I think at bantamweight he is going to be very, very dangerous. I am excited about bringing him in, I really am,” he said. “He is on a seven-fight winning streak I believe, that’s a hell of a run.”
Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki added to WEC 45
An intriguing bantamweight matchup between two high-paced fighters has been added to "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff." WEC officials today officially announced that Scott Jorgensen (7-3 MMA, 3-2 WEC) faces Takeya Mizugaki (12-3-2 MMA, 1-1 WEC) on the evening's quickly filling card. Headlined by a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Ed Ratcliff, WEC 45 takes place Dec. 19 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
After Move and Medication, Jens Pulver To Return To WEC Cage in 2010
Jens Pulver is planning to bring a little evil back to the WEC cage one more time. The former UFC lightweight champion and MMA legend, who has not been heard from since losing to Josh Grispi in June and was assumed to be finished as an active fighter, plans to return to featherweight action in early 2010, he told FanHouse. "I'm going to fight again," he said. "And I'm about as confident as I possibly can be."
Bart Palaszewski vs. Anthony Pettis on tap for WEC 45 in December
After taking one bout outside of the WEC, lightweight Bart Palaszewski (32-13 MMA, 1-2 WEC) makes his return to the organization at "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff." MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that Palaszewski has signed on to face Roufusport slugger Anthony Pettis (7-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) at the event. Headlined by a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Ed Ratcliff, WEC 45 takes place Dec. 19 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Featherweight prospect Chad Mendes signs multi-fight WEC deal
Undefeated featherweight prospect Chad Mendes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) is heading to the big show. WEC general manager Reed Harris confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Mendes recently signed a multi-fight exclusive contract with the Team Alpha Male fighter. "We are really excited to bring Chad into the WEC," Harris said. "He is one of the toughest fighters to come out of Urijah Faber's gym and he has the potential to be a world champion."
Joseph Benavidez vs. Rani Yahya set for WEC 45 in December
A bantamweight bout between contenders Joseph Benavidez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) and Rani Yahya (15-4 MMA, 4-1 WEC) is set for next month's WEC 45 event. The WEC has since confirmed that bout and others for "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff," which officially takes place Dec. 19 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort. The night's main card airs live on Versus.