HENDERSON INJURED, WEC 43 MOVED TO OCTOBER 10
WEC 43, originally slated for Sept. 2 in Youngstown, Ohio, has hit a bit of a snag and will be pushed back to Oct. 10 and moved to a different venue. The fight card, however, will remain intact with a main event bout pitting Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone against Ben Henderson to declare a WEC interim lightweight champion
DirecTV to Drop Versus, WEC?
Versus, formerly Outdoor Life Network, was rebranded in 2006 and is the home of the National Hockey League as well as collegiate sports from the Pac-10, Big 12, Mountain West and Ivy League conferences, the Tour de France bicycle race, Davis Cup Tennis, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cage fighting (WEC), the Indy Racing League and Professional Boxing.
WEC’s Benson Henderson Sees His Opportunity To Strike
Henderson wasn’t blinded by his opponents precision striking or lightning speed. Rather, the 25-year-old had such poor vision that he could barely make out figures and objects just feet in front of him. Shortly following his knockout win over Shane Roller in April, Henderson took the first steps toward correcting the problem. The results have been incredible for the well-spoken Taekwondo black belt.
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Yves Jabouin: One of Montreal’s Best Aims For America
For the past 24 years, ever since his mother left war-torn Haiti with her three small children in search of a new life, Yves Jabouin has called Montreal home. He is at a loss, however, to pinpoint why Canada’s second-biggest city has distinguished itself as a burgeoning hotbed for mixed martial arts and boasts one of the sport’s most rabid fan bases.
Atlanta Braves to honor new WEC champ and Athens resident Brian Bowles on August 25th
Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves will honor recently crowned WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles next week during their game with the San Diego Padres, the WEC today announced.
Bowles, a Braves fans and native of Athens, Ga., recently dethroned the seemingly indestructible Miguel Torres to win the title at WEC 42.
Bowles, who will start the Aug. 25 game with "play ball!" duties, will also be at Turner Field to meet with fans.
Karalexis-Pettis Off WEC 43, Main Card Replacement TBA
WEC is, for now, one bout short on it's planned WEC 43 card. The promotion has announced that Alex Karalexis is off due to injury, and his original opponent, Anthony Pettis, is now also off as a result. One of the 7 prelims will be moved up to air on Versus, but it's not known yet which one it'll be.
PROVINCE ADMITS NEGLIGENCE, DOESN'T DOUBT TEST
The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday released the post-fight drug test results for WEC 42, which took place on Aug. 9 in Las Vegas. Of the nine fighters tested by the commission, one turned up an alleged positive test result for a performance enhancing substance, that fighter being Cole Province.
He doesn’t deny his guilt, but he does want it to be known that it wasn’t intentional. Province wasn’t caught misjudging the timing of a steroid cycle, or trying to mask what he was taking to try and fool the test.
NSAC: WEC 42 featherweight Cole Province tests positive for steroid
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Cole Province, who scored a unanimous-decision win over Fredson Paixao earlier this month at WEC 42, failed a drug test administered at the show by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
NSAC executive director Keith Kizer today announced Province tested positive for Methasterone metabolite. Methasterone, a "designer steroid" previously sold as an over-the-counter dietary supplement, was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2005.
Brian Bowles: Being the WEC Champion Won't Change Me
Brian Bowles shocked the mixed martial arts world on Sunday night when he knocked out Miguel Torres to win the World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight title. In an interview with FanHouse Thursday, Bowles said even he didn't think he'd knock Torres out less than four minutes into their fight.
But Bowles also said he followed a well-crafted game plan to get himself into position to knock Torres out, and he said he's going to keep training hard and fighting the same way now that he's the champion.
Bowles also said that he broke a bone in his hand punching an unconscious Torres, that he expects to make his first title defense against Dominick Cruz, and that he thinks the win should put him near the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.
EXCITED FOR WIN, BOWLES EXPECTS REMATCH SOON
With Nevada State Athletic Commission officials herding him to the exit door, new WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles looked a mixture of relieved, happy, and hurt. A sizable bump protruded from his left hand, the result of one of the many shots dealt to Miguel Torres in a title taking performance.
He was ready to let his hair down. The hospital would be first, but afterwards, he wanted to party.
“It’s been a long time preparing for this fight,” Bowles told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m ready to let loose a little bit.”
WEC 42 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from last night's WEC 42 event. The total disclosed payouts was $234,500 with the biggest share-$25,000-going to main event loser Miguel Torres.
WEC's Miguel Torres: "It's going to be fun to get my belt back" from Brian Bowles
One look at former WEC bantamweight champ Miguel Torres' (37-2 MMA, 5-1 WEC) face was all it took to understand his feelings.
Seated in an unfamiliar position on the losers' side of the table at Sunday's "WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles press conference, Torres blankly stared at the gathered media, most of whom appeared as shocked as the former champ that Brian Bowles (8-0 MMA, 5-0 WEC) had defeated – nay, destroyed – the seemingly unbeatable Indiana native.
"In this sport, one shot can change everything," Torres said. "There's no excuses for what happened."
BOWLES: 'Miguel Torres has never faced anyone like me’
How a fighter as talented and explosive as WEC bantamweight Brian Bowles has gotten used to being the underdog during his career in the WEC is beyond me, but as this undefeated finishing machine told FiveOuncesOfPain.com in the days leading up to the biggest fight of his 29 years on this earth, it’s a role he relishes.
Mighty Mouse: Miguel Torres WEC 42 interview exclusive with MMAmania.com
If you walk past the unassuming 5’10,” 135-pound Miguel Torres on the street you would never know he is one of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world.
Just watch him fight in the cage and you’ll quickly learn that he is as dangerous as they come. He’s a technical master who overwhelms his opponents with a rare combination of power, speed, and skill.
Torres is currently sporting an impressive record (37–1) after coming off a five round unanimous decision victory over Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 40 back in April 2009.