Lightweights Marcus Hicks and Shane Roller meet at WEC 42 in August
Marcus "The Wrecking Ball" Hicks (8-2 MMA, 3-2 WEC) will look to snap a two-fight losing streak when he meets fellow WEC lightweight Shane Roller (5-2 MMA, 2-1 WEC) in August at WEC 42.
A source close to the negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements have been signed and that an official announcement could be made shortly.
The fight is expected to be the featured bout on the preliminary card for WEC 42, which takes place Aug. 9 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
WEC and PFC vet Poppies Martinez newest Strikeforce lightweight, debuts Aug. 15
Poppies "The Tachi Kid" Martinez (16-5), a former World Extreme Cagefighting fighter and Palace Fighting Championships title-holder, will further bolster Strikeforce's quickly filling lightweight division.
Christian Printup, founder and president of the successful PFC organization, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Martinez will make his Strikeforce debut at the organization's Aug. 15 event in San Jose, Calif.
An opponent will soon be signed for Martinez, who will compete on the night's preliminary card.
Martinez enters Strikeforce with three wins in his past four fights (all in PFC) and seven in his past nine; only one victory went to a decision. He launched his career in 2003 with the WEC, where he went 8-2 before a move to PFC in 2007.
WEC 42: Joseph Benavidez vs Dominick Cruz on tap for August 9
Up-and-coming WEC bantamweights Joseph Benavidez and Dominick Cruz are on a late summer collision course for WEC 42 from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, August 9, the WEC announced yesterday.
Benavidez (10-0) is one of the most dangerous young fighters in the organization. He was supposed to have his coming out party against Norifumi Yamamoto on the DREAM 5 card last summer, but instead had to settle for Junya Kudo when “Kid” pulled out with with a knee injury.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Danny Castillo set for WEC 42
In a fight that will thrust the winner even deeper into lightweight title contention, undefeated Ricardo Lamas (6-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) meets Danny Castillo (7-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) at WEC 42.
While a guest on MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), WEC General Manager Reed Harris today confirmed the fight has been signed and added to the Aug. 9 fight card.
WEC Going To Mexico In 2010
World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), the Zuffa-owned sister promotion to the UFC, is set to host events in Mexico in 2010, Fighters Only has learned.
A source close to the organisation said that due to the increasing popularity of the brand among Spanish-speaking fans, Mexico is considered a prime territory for expansion and that they anticipate events on Mexican soil "by next year".
Bloody Elbow Judo Chop: Flying Knees and Triangles with Jose Aldo and Seth Dikun
The WEC has earned a reputation for putting on some of the best shows in MMA and this Sunday's WEC 41: Brown vs Faber 2 was no exception. You had a brutal grinding five round war for the promotion's marquee belt, six different submission wins, a thrilling split decision. And we got to enjoy two of the flashiest finishes possible in the MMA game: Jose Aldo's Flying Knee KO of Cub Swanson and Seth Dikun's flying triangle over Rolando Perez.
The two moves are basically the equivalent of a game opening kickoff return flea flicker for a touchdown combined with a game ending grand slam homerun. To see either one pulled off successfully is a rare treat for the MMA fan, to see both in one event is to go home happy.
CSAC medically suspends Urijah Faber, Manny Gamburyan, five others after WEC 41 event
The full list of suspensions included:
* Urijah Faber is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a broken right hand, unless cleared earlier by a doctor.
* Cub Swanson is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 due to head injuries and facial lacerations. A CAT scan is also required prior to return.
* Manny Gamburyan is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a broken right hand, unless cleared earlier by a doctor.
* John Franchi is suspended from competition and contact in training until Aug. 6 for a left cheek laceration.
* Antonio Banuelos is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a lack of corneal reflex in his right eye, unless cleared earlier by an ophthalmological physician.
* Noah Thomas is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a nasal fracture, unless cleared earlier by a doctor. Thomas also suspended until Aug. 6 for facial lacerations.
* Seth Dikun is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a possible broken right foot, unless cleared earlier by a doctor.
Donald Cerrone calls out Jamie Varner for having the runs
“After my fight (with James Krause) I wanted to remind people about (Jamie) Varner always getting out of the ICU. He just keeps drawing out our next fight. He needs to agree on a date so we can get it going. As a person, I can’t respect Varner anymore. For him to pull all the **** he does — he takes the easy way out, hiding behind things and milking it as long as he can. He called timeouts in his fights against both McCullough and Franca. He pulled his **** with me. He’s always looking for a way out. Well see how he finds a way out in our next fight. I am not sure what his problem is but he thinks too highly of himself. When the **** hits the fan, Varner’s the kind of guy that would rather flight then fight. I would like to knock that ******’s head off. Hopefully he will stand with me, but he’ll likely shoot on me, try to take me down, and lay and pray. I’ve been working on my wrestling with Rashad Evans, all the guys at Greg Jackson’s; they are forcing me to get better. Jaime ran that whole fight last time. A champion isn’t supposed to do that.
Faber Talks Brown Loss, Surgery, Aldo, More
Despite losing almost everything against Mike Brown except his positive spirit, Urijah Faber can't wait to get back in the cage. A day after the WEC 41 loss he talked about the fight, Jose Aldo, and his future plans when he does return-which would seem to include a 3rd fight against Brown.
What Mike Brown's 2nd victory over Faber means for the Featherweight Division...
For at least half of his reign, the featherweight division virtually existed only within pro Shooto, meaning that he [Alexandre Nogueira] was the best fighter of about two dozen total in his weight class, beating the likes of Tetsuo Katsuta and Stephen Palling. From about 2004 onward -- when opportunities began to crop up for featherweights globally and the division began to broaden -- he fought sparsely, and against none of the top emergent talents, until his smashing last year at the hands of supernova Jose Aldo.
Jose Aldo NOT Guaranteed WEC Featherweight Title Shot
Despite an 8-fight winning streak including 5 straight in WEC and an impressive 8 second win over Cub Swanson at WEC 41, unofficial #1 contender Jose Aldo is not guaranteed a shot at WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown yet according to WEC GM Reed Harris. Harris says it's ultimately up to WEC matchmaker John Shelby.
Mike Brown tastes like Raspberries and Smells like Rum
No, there was not any fruit-themed lewdness at his after-party, at least not that we know of. However, astronomers have recently discovered that in dust clouds at the center of our galaxy, there are quantities of a molecule called ethyl formate, an interesting ester that both contributes to the taste of raspberries and smells of rum.
With his second win over Urijah Faber on Sunday, Brown is now the first great 145-pounder in modern MMA -- the center of the featherweight galaxy. Therefore, it's very likely he's tart to the taste, smells like debauchery.
Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone earns a rematch with Jamie Varner later this year...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - WEC lightweight Donald Cerrone (10-1 MMA, 3-1 WEC) will get a second shot at current champion Jamie Varner (16-2 MMA, 4-0 WEC) some time this fall.
While Cerrone has made no attempt to hide his desire for the rematch, WEC general manager Reed Harris announced following Sunday's WEC 41 event that Varner had also agreed to the contest.
"I spoke to Mr. Varner tonight, and he's ready to go," Harris said. "He's going to take the fight."