WEC 43: Javier Vazquez replaces Mark Hominick; meets Deividas Taurosevicius
Veteran Javier Vazquez (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will replace injured Mark Hominick (16-8 MMA, 0-2 WEC) and meet promotional newcomer Deividas Taurosevicius (10-3 MMA, 0-0 WEC) at next month's WEC 43 event.
MMAjunkie.com's John Morgan broke news of the fight change on his Dallas Morning News MMA blog today.
The nature of Hominick's injury was not disclosed. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized today.
WEC 43, originally scheduled for Sept. 2 in Youngstown, Ohio, now takes place Oct. 18 at the 18,000-seat AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Benson Henderon and Donald Cerrone fight for a WEC interim lightweight title in the night's main event.
Cung Le: Vacating the title 'is the right thing to do'
“For me, potentially I have another project, and I know I’m not in fight shape right now, and I think I should vacate my title because it’s not fair to them who their livelihood is fighting for an interim title when I’m here running around making movies and doing something different. It does not mean that I’m retiring; I’m just doing it because I think it’s the right thing to do … because I’m not ready to step up in the next coming months and fight five-rounders. I definitely intend to return, and I know for a fact that I will return, but I can’t just jump back in and be able to go five rounds at peak level when I left (after) the fight with Frank (Shamrock).”
–Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le talks about his absence from the promotion after churning out an assortment of upcoming movie roles.
Dana White confirms WEC is heading to Ohio for 2010 Arnold Sports Festival
World Extreme Cagefighting will take the spot vacated by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
MMAjunkie.com first reported on Friday that – after three successful shows beginning in 2007 – the UFC would not return for a fourth show in Columbus, Ohio, that would coincide with the 2010 edition of the Arnold Sports Festival.
On Sunday, following UFC 103, UFC president Dana White spoke to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and confirmed our earlier report that the WEC will instead take the spot.
Although confirming the plans, White wasn't sure if the show had been officially booked just yet.
WEC announces Mike Brown vs Jose Aldo
World Extreme Cagefighting® featherweight champion Mike Brown has built a reputation as a hard-hitting, gritty fighter capable of breaking down his opponents. Similarly, top-ranked contender Jose Aldo has established a name for himself by steamrolling the opposition with explosive punches and devastating knees. On Wednesday, Nov. 18 from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV, one of these men will leave the cage as the undisputed featherweight champion of the world.
World Extreme Cagefighting® officially announced today that the long-awaited title clash between champion Mike Brown and fierce challenger Aldo will take place in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, NV. What’s more, Brown vs. Aldo kicks off one of the biggest fight weeks ever in Las Vegas, as Brock Lesnar will defend the UFC® heavyweight championship against Shane Carwin at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Saturday following WEC’s historic event.
Frank Gomez vs. Seth Dikun Set For WEC 44
Although the event has not yet been announced, Frank Gomez vs. Seth Dikun is set for WEC 44 on November 18 according to a source close to one of the fighters. Both are coming off wins in their prior fight with Dikun getting Submission Of The Night at WEC 41.
WEC 44 Now Targeted For November 18
Although the event had long been rumored to be held on November 11, it now appears WEC 44 will be held on November 18. WEC recently requested the date from the NSAC, and although not yet approved the date likely will hold up. The event likely will be at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas.
WEC to air on Setanta Sports network in Australia starting with 'Cerrone vs. Henderson' on Oct. 10
World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) announced today that it has struck a television deal with Setanta Sports to air live mixed martial arts action in Australia, giving more than 80,000 viewers “Down Under” access to “the best lightweight fighters in the world.”
Coverage of the promotion’s events will begin with the upcoming WEC 43: “Cerrone vs. Henderson” show on Oct. 10, 2009. That card will feature a lightweight interim title match between Greg Jackson product, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, and fast-rising stud, Ben “Smooth” Henderson.
'Cowboy’ up: Donald Cerrone talks Ben Henderson, TapouT House, and of course, Jamie Varner
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has a few choice words for another World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) lightweight … and it isn’t his upcoming opponent, Ben Henderson, who he fights for the WEC interim lightweight strap five weeks from now.
As the featured guest on MMAmania.com’s exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio, “Cowboy” spent most of his time talking about the only fighter he’s ever lost to — and the man holding the “other” WEC lightweight belt — Jamie Varner.
While DirecTV dropping Versus, DISH Network offering three free months to all subscribers
Not all satellite television users will find themselves without the Versus network.
In fact, DISH Network customers – including existing users and new subscribers – will get Versus, home to World Extreme Cagefighting, for free through Dec. 2.
In an apparent reaction to rival satellite television provider DirecTV's decision to discontinue the broadcast of Versus programming, DISH Network officials today announced the new deal.
WEC 42 Attendance & Live Gate
Better late than never-the NSAC today finally revealed the attendance and live gate totals for last month's WEC 42 event. Total attendance was 2082 with 1640 paid and 442 comps and 870 unsold tickets for a live gate of $175,835.
WEC No Longer On DirecTV
It's not a good day to be a WEC fan if you have DirecTV. The satellite TV provider has dropped Versus, the network that broadcasts WEC events, as of midnight this morning. DirecTV says that Versus is asking for a 20% increase in fees. Before the blackout, Versus was getting 18 cents per DirectTV subscriber. In a statement put out by DirecTV, they claim Versus' owner, Comcast, forced DirecTV to remove Versus due to not accepting the terms Comcast demanded.
Featherweight contenders Diego Nunes and L.C. Davis to meet at November's WEC 44 show
A quickly filling WEC 44 card will apparently have a new and notable addition; undefeated lightweight contender Diego Nunes (13-0 MMA, 2-0 WEC) vs. L.C. Davis (14-2 MMA, 1-0 WEC).
A source close to one of the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) verbal agreements are in place but bout agreements not signed. WEC officials could not confirm the matchup.
Although not officially announced, WEC 44 is expected to take place Nov. 11 at a location and venue to be determined.
Muhsin Corbbrey: “The Grind” Is a Gift
Mushin's quote and the reason I posted this article:
“I want to win a major Muay Thai title in Thailand at a stadium, I want to get a WEC belt and I want to have a boxing title,” the three-sport pro said flatly, without a hint of braggadocio. “I think it’s definitely feasible for me. I have the skills and ability to do it, I just have to do it.”
Donald Cerrone Talks Jamie Varner, The TapouT House, More
On The TapouT House: "We have the TapouT house going right now. The house we're in is five bedrooms, so there's plenty of room. But the house that I'm buying has an actual casita on it, which is two bedrooms with a giant living area, kitchen, washroom, laundry, everything for the guys to come out. So it's actually their own private house."
On His Goals With The TapouT House: "We're hoping they can come down and see what it's like to train with a world-class team, see what it's like to train alongside with me while I'm training for a title fight. Leonard is fighting in the WEC as well, so see what it's like to live and train in the everyday life of what we do – maybe open their eyes to say, 'This is what I'm doing wrong,' or 'This is what I need to do right,' or 'They're doing everything wrong, and I do it better on my own.' (We're) just trying to get people to come down, and hopefully Greg will be like, 'Yeah, I like this guy. Why don't you stick around and join the team?'"
WEC Explains Fight Card Postponement
A day after World Extreme Cagefighting announced that it had postponed its previously scheduled Sept. 2 fight card, WEC Vice President Peter Dropick said in an interview with FanHouse that the organization will move forward with the same fight card on October 10, and saying of the Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson main event, "Fans want to see this fight."
Dropick also said the dispute between DirecTV and Versus, WEC's television network, had nothing to do with the decision to postpone the card, and that ticket sales were tracking as expected in Youngstown, Ohio, but that the card will now take place in a yet-to-be-determined city.
The full interview is below.
"Razor" Rob McCullough vs. Anthony Pettis in the works for WEC 44 in November
While WEC official search for a new location for WEC 43, the organization continues to press forward with future plans.
A lightweight contest between former WEC champion "Razor" Rob McCullough (17-5 MMA, 8-3 WEC) and fast-rising prospect Anthony Pettis (7-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) is in the works for WEC 44 in November.
Sherdog.com first reported the bout as signed, and though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed that the matchup is likely, sources close to the event indicated the fight is still just in the verbal-agreement stages.
Did the WEC Postpone WEC 43 Because of Versus' Dispute With DirecTV?
Dave Meltzer: "I think that what happened is that they don’t want to do that show on September 2nd if DirecTV pulls them on September 1st. So, they’re giving them so they’re pulling the show so they have, because it makes no sense for WEC, you know, I … it’s how I read it. I mean maybe Ben Henderson really is hurt, but the thing that’s really strange me to is it’s like if he really was hurt, they would just put, why don’t they just do the match on the next show? I mean, they’ve never postponed an actual show over someone being injured, they always have a replacement."