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Urijah Faber Has 'No Idea' When He'll Be Ready for WEC Return
All around the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas during UFC 100 weekend, MMA fighters could be seen signing autographs for adoring throngs of fans. It all seemed pretty routine: smile, shake, sign, pose. But one thing was different about the Silver Star booth. The athlete putting his pen to paper there was doing so despite having casts on both of his hands.
WEC 43 continues taking shape with Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Karalexis signing
Youngstown, Ohio's quickly filling Sept. 2 fight card, which takes place at the Covelli Center and airs on Versus has a new addition: a lightweight bout between Anthony Pettis (7-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) and Alex Karalexis (10-4 MMA, 4-2 WEC). WEC officials could not immediately confirm the bout, which was first reported by **********.com, but a source close to the negotiations confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been signed.
Mike Brown vs Jose Aldo at WEC 44 on Nov. 11 (source)
Jose Aldo’s long-dreamed-of shot at the WEC featherweight crown has come. As discovered by GRACIEMAG.com, the Brazilian fighter will face Featherweight champion Mike Brown on November 11. “I found out the news yesterday, when I came to the gym to train. Dede [Andre Pederneiras] told me and I signed the contract. Now I’m just waiting for the day to get here,” said and excited Jose Aldo, exclusively to GRACIEMAG.com. The Nova Uniao black belt made it clear, however, that despite the good news, he will remain concentrated and focused solely on the challenge at hand. “I’m only going to feel fulfilled when I conquer the belt, we have to work hard and consistently, since I still have another rung to climb,” stated the fighter. “Mike Brown is a great athlete and he’s becoming more and more well-rounded as time goes by. He came over from wrestling and is really good at the style. His ground game has come a long ways. We’ll se. Now I’m going to travel with Marlon Sandro, my teammate, for the Sengoku final, August 2, and later when I return I’ll focus on training real hard and coming up with a good strategy,” he said. With 15 wins and only one loss in professional MMA, Aldo has had a successful campaign in the WEC, winning all five fights in the organization by knockout, three in the very first round. Mike Brown is undefeated since 2005, having won all four of his appearances in the WEC. His latest victim is former champion Urijah Faber, who he beat by unanimous decision in June of this year.
WEC 43 taking shape, Assuncao vs. Jabouin and Fabiano vs. Koch now signed
With WEC 42 now just a month away, September WEC 43's fight card is quickly taking shape. A source close to the organization has confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that two previously reported matchups, Rafael Assuncao (13-1 MMA, 1-0 WEC) vs. Yves Jabouin (14-4 MMA, 0-0 WEC) and Wagnney Fabiano (12-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) vs. Erik Koch (8-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC), have been upgraded from "likely" to "signed" status.
NOT IDEAL, BUT CERRONE READY FOR TITLE SHOT
This isn’t just another rodeo for the “Cowboy.” Donald Cerrone will take main event honors once again when he squares off against the tough as nails Ben Henderson in September at WEC 43 in Youngstown, Ohio. Both Cerrone and Henderson are fairly familiar with one another, going as far as calling each other buddies, having come up in the fight game through they’re Denver roots fighting for the regional Ring of Fire promotion, always bumping into one another.
Rafael Assuncao vs. Yves Jabouin targeted for WEC 43 on Sept. 2 in Ohio
WEC featherweight contender Rafael Assuncao (13-1 MMA, 1-0 WEC) will look to build on his successful debut for the organization when he meets newcomer Yves Jabouin (14-4 MMA, 0-0 WEC) at WEC 43. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
FRIENDSHIP ASIDE, BEN HENDERSON EYES WEC TITLE
Interim title, shm-interim title, this is a fight! One of the WEC’s top prospects, Ben Henderson, has now vicariously become one of the bigger commodities in the promotion's lightweight division. Originally earning his way into the organization riding a six-fight win streak, which included a victory over three-time UFC veteran Diego Saraiva, Henderson made an immediate mark into his new home when he faced off against Anthony Njokuani (now 10-2), a dangerous and explosive knockout artist, submitting him in the second round via guillotine choke.
Wagnney Fabiano likely to face featherweight newcomer Erik Koch at WEC 43
Fast-rising featherweight contender Wagnney Fabiano (12-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) is expected to go for his ninth consecutive victory against undefeated WEC newcomer Eric Koch (8-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) in September at WEC 43. A source close to one of the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements are expected to be distributed and finalized shortly for the 145-pound contest. WEC 43 takes place Sept. 2 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, and features a main event of Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson for the WEC's interim lightweight title.
Manny Tapia meets former WEC champ Eddie Wineland at WEC 43 in September
Two fighters both in need of a win will square off at WEC 43 when Manny Tapia (10-2-1 MMA, 2-2 WEC) meets former WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland (14-6-1 MMA, 1-2 WEC). The bout was first reported by Matt Erickson of The Northwest Times of Indiana. WEC officials could not immediately confirm the matchup when contacted by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), but Wineland himself confirmed the bout in the NTI report. WEC 43 takes place Sept. 2 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, and features a main event of Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson for the WEC's interim lightweight title.
FABER HEALING, MAKING PUSH FOR WEC & NEW DEAL
In his rematch last month with Mike Brown, Urijah Faber once again ended up on the wrong end of the fight with American Top Team fighter. The two went five rounds with Faber losing a unanimous decision. That doesn't sound so out of the ordinary, until you realize that Faber broke his right hand in the first round then injured his left in the third, yet he still managed to finish the fight.
Spencer Fisher to the WEC?
Check out the link as Spencer Fisher hints at a possible venture into the WEC cage.
Jose Aldo interested in future fight against WEC champion Miguel Torres
Electrifying World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight (145 pounds) fighter Joe Aldo talks to Tatame.com about the possibility of dropping 10 pounds to battle bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Miguel Torres.
Jamie Varner: I'm Not Retiring
Jamie Varner's mixed martial arts career is not in jeopardy. The WEC lightweight champion's broken right hand has still not healed since his January title defense against Donald Cerrone forcing the organization to book an interim title match between Cerrone and rising star Ben Henderson. However, when FanHouse contacted Varner to comment on a Youngstown Vindicator report stating he "may never fight again," Varner simply said, "That's bullsh*t."
Varner: Interim Title Is ‘Glorified Second Place’
Donald Cerrone will meet Benson Henderson for the interim WEC lightweight championship at WEC 43, but current titleholder Jamie Varner says the gold they’re fighting for is “garbage.” “It’s funny; it’s like the interim belt is a glorified second place,” Varner told Sherdog.com. “To me, I think that’s bulls--t. The interim belt doesn’t mean anything. They have a belt, but they don't have the belt. It’s garbage.” The interim title fight between Cerrone and Henderson will take place Sept. 2 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.
Youngstown, Ohio hosts WEC 43 on Sept. 2, Jamie Varner won't be stripped of title
As company executives hinted earlier this year, World Extreme Cagefighting will, in fact, make its Ohio debut in 2009. WEC General Manager Reed Harris today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that WEC 43 is set for Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the 6,000-seat Covelli Centre in Youngstown. However, despite recent reports, injured champion Jamie Varner will not be stripped of his WEC lightweight title, and WEC 43 headliners and top contenders Donald Cerrone (10-1) and Benson Henderson (9-1) will instead fight for an interim lightweight belt, Harris said. A number of reports, citing a Youngstown Vindicator story, stated Varner would be stripped of his belt and that it would then be contested by Cerrone and Henderson. However, Harris said that won't be the case.
Jamie Varner to be stripped of belt; Cerrone vs. Henderson will be for WEC lightweight title
It appears as though current WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner may be forced to the sidelines indefinitely. According to a recent report on Vindy.com, WEC founder and general manager Reed Harris said that Varner may never fight again due to the broken foot and hand sustained in his previous bout with Donald Cerrone. That match-up was cut short when Cerrone struck a downed Varner in the face with an illegal knee in the fifth round. When it was ruled that the defending champion was unable to continue, the fight went to the scorecards where Varner came away with the split decision victory. It has been reported that the WEC plans to strip Varner of his title shortly. A previously announced bout between Cerrone and has bee promoted to a title fight to determine the new WEC lightweight champion. The fight will be the main event at WEC 43 which is set for September 2 in Youngstown, Ohio.
WEC's Fredson Paixao literally worked his way from the floors up
As a boy in a poor Brazilian town in the heart of the Amazon, Fredson Paixao loved kung fu. Jiu jitsu, of course, is considered by many the martial art of choice in his native country. But Paixao loved the aerial displays of Bruce Lee movies, dreaming of making such flying moves. But, with a factory-working mother and three siblings, Paixao also had to find a way to earn some money. That need led him to a local dojo, where he swept the floors for the teacher he met through friends. As a tradeoff, the teacher gave him free jiu-jitsu lessons.
Report: Cerrone vs. Henderson set for WEC in September, title implications not yet determined
Top WEC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone (10-1 MMA, 3-1 WEC) will meet fast-rising prospect Ben Henderson (9-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) at an as-yet-unannounced WEC event in September according to a report from **********.com. Cerrone had been expected to compete in a lightweight title rematch with Jamie Varner, but recent complications in the champ's recovery process from a hand injury have forced the change in opponent for Cerrone.
With champion Mike Brown on brief hiatus, WEC's featherweight title future remains undecided
With WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown's (22-4 MMA, 4-0 WEC) recent victories over top 145-pound contenders Urijah Faber and Leonard Garcia, the division's title picture was opened to several willing contenders. However, the organization is deep on talent, and several worthy potential adversaries have recently stepped forward. With two of the top options, Jose Aldo (15-1 MMA, 5-0 WEC) and Wagnney Fabiano (12-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC), hailing from the same Nova Uniao camp, WEC co-founder and general manager Reed Harris recently said the organization has yet to determine who Brown will face next.
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone: Ben Henderson ‘is a worthy opponent’ and Jamie Varner ‘is a ***’
“I kind of figured that (Ben Henderson) is who they would put me in against. I was looking forward to maybe having a rematch with Rob McCullough. Benson is definitely a worth opponent. He is a friend of mine which is the one thing that sucks. I have grown up fighting alongside the guy. I have no problems whatsoever taking the fight; I just have to go in there with someone I like. There is nothing bad you can say about that guy, he is just a real good dude. I will be in there 100% ready to fight though. I just won’t have the hatred in my heart like I would with Jaime Varner. Benson is a solid wrestler so I see him trying to take me down right away. I don’t see him wanting to stand with me. But you never know, it would be cool if he did. My takedown defense sucks so I am going to really have to work on that. If he ends up in my guard I will be busy going for submissions at every turn. Maybe Varner will come back in 2010 to unify the belt. But they might have to break his arm off and get him a new one. Can I add that Jaime Varner is a ***?”