OFFICIAL WEC 41 Fighter Salaries
Despite a loss to Josh Grispi in what might prove to be his final professional MMA fight, Jens Pulver earned an event-high disclosed salary of $31,253 at Sunday's "WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber II" event.
Pulver suffered a first-round submission loss to Grispi in the first Versus-televised bout at WEC 41, which took place at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
WEC 41 officially falls short of attendance record...
...but sets new high for live gate.
WEC 41 didn't set an attendance record after all.
Although initially and unofficially announced as 13,027, the attendance at Sunday's show at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., drew 12,706 fans (10,110 paid) for a $815,415 gate, the California State Athletic Commission today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
WEC: 8 Shows This Year, 10 Likely Next Year
Following WEC 41, perhaps the promotion's most successful event ever, WEC GM Reed Harris unveiled the plans for the rest of the year and 2010. WEC will hold a total of 8 events this year, meaning 4 more events this year including August's WEC 42, and the plan is for 10 shows in 2010 but that also depends on TV partner Versus.
Leonard Garcia Returns at WEC 42 to Face Jameel Massouh
A featherweight bout has been added to the next WEC show slated for Aug 9 as former top contender, "Bad Boy" Leonard Garcia returns to action to face Jameel Massouh
Garcia steps back into the WEC cage for the first time since suffering a loss to current champion, Mike Brown, in a title fight back in March.
His opponent, Jameel Massouh, will make his second appearance in the WEC, after suffering a loss in his debut bout against top ten featherweight, Rafael Assuncao.
''No Mistakes This Time'' Says Faber
"I slipped up last fight and I paid for it, and you can't afford to make mistakes like that," Faber commented. "That's the biggest part. For the most part, I'll be trying to implement my gameplan, and fight a great fight without making any mistakes."
Still the loss can't sit well with the California native who has only tasted defeat twice in his MMA career.
WEC Champ Varner Eyeing September Return
The champion stopped by MMAWeekly Radio recently, and disclosed that all in total he had two hand surgeries, two pins, six screws, and a plate inserted into his hand, a broken blood vessel in his eye, and a broken foot. All told at this point, Varner says he is about a month out from being able to punch again on his broken hand, and then he's ready to get back into camp and fight.
"September's when I'm looking to get back in there," Varner said. "I'm thinking the WEC will have me headline the card in September, and I'm hoping for that. I'm going to start training coming into this next week."
WEC 41: Mir Out Of Booth, KenFlo In
Kenny Florian confirmed today in his email newsletter that he will replace Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir in the broadcast booth for Sunday's WEC 41 event on Versus. No reason given for Mir's absence although it's probably due to Mir training for UFC 100.
"TUF" alumn Noah Thomas signs with WEC, replaces Eddie Wineland at WEC 41
Noah Thomas (13-4), a cast member from the fifth season of "The Ultimate Fighter," has replaced an injured Eddie Wineland (14-6-1) at next month's WEC 41 event.
Thomas will drop to 135 pounds to fight Frank Gomez (6-1) in a preliminary card bout.
WEC GM Reed Harris today announced via Twitter.com that Thomas had signed with the organization, and WEC PR Manager Dave Sholler confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he'll take Wineland's spot on the WEC 41 card.
WEC 42 Moved Up To August 9
MMA fans just got a double dose of big shows in early August. There are reports that WEC 42, originally scheduled for late August, has now been moved up to August 9 in Las Vegas according to the NSAC. That puts the WEC event, to be headlined by Miguel Torres vs. Brian Bowles, the day after UFC 101 in Philadelphia.
Miguel Torres vs Brian Bowles set to headline WEC 42 on Aug. 9 in Las Vegas
WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres and top undefeated challenger Brian Bowles will finally collide at WEC 42, which has been confirmed to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, August 9.
Earlier reports had pegged the show to go down on Aug. 16; however, MMAmania.com has been able to independently confirm the new date after seeing a report on NWI.com this morning.
Fighting Blind, Ben Henderson Opening His Eyes
In mixed martial arts, fighting blind is typically more or less a euphemism, but in WEC fighter Ben Henderson's case, it's been applied quite literally.
Often seen after fights donning glasses that make him look rather scholarly, Henderson, in a recent interview on MMAWeekly Radio, gave some insight into the effect his poor eyesight has had on his fight career.
"It's not very good, my vision," said Henderson. "I can (my opponents) far away as a blur, but the closer they get, if I squint, I can see them more clearly.
Fredson Paixao returns at WEC 42
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Fredson Paixao (8-3) will make his second attempt at a WEC win when he returns at WEC 42.
Paixao, who signed with the WEC after a two-year layoff from pro competition, made his promotional debut earlier this month at WEC 40 and suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Wagnney Fabiano.
Paixao recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio host "Gorgeous" George Garcia he's slated for a return at WEC 42.
Brazilians Rush To Ribeiro's Aid
When illness or any other kind of physical impediment afflicts one of its own, the Brazilian mixed martial arts community puts aside rivalries and unites in exemplary solidarity. Such is the case with Will Ribeiro. The WEC fighter, wheelchair-bound after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in December, was recently able to attend an event at the Nogueira Training Center and continues to receive tremendous support from all within the Brazilian MMA community-fighters, promoters, trainers, and fans.
Ten bouts now official for "WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber II" in June
The full card now includes:
* Champ Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber (for WEC featherweight title)
* Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson
* Donald Cerrone vs. James Krause
* Josh Grispi vs. Jens Pulver
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-televised)
* John Franchi vs. Manny Gamburyan
* Mike Campbell vs. Anthony Pettis
* Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen
* Frank Gomez vs. Eddie Wineland
* Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez
* Kyle Dietz vs. Charlie Valencia*
* - Not officially announced
Jeff Curran vs. Takeya Mizugaki In The Works For WEC 42
If Jeff Curran wants another fight in WEC and to ever get a shot at Miguel Torres, he's got to turn it around fast at WEC 42. Easier said than done-the planned fight in the works pits him against the man Torres just beat to retain the Bantamweight Title-Takeya Mizugaki. WEC 42 is planned for August and may feature Torres vs. Brian Bowles for the title.
Cub Swanson Off WEC 40, Moved To WEC 41
With his WEC 40 fight against Diego Nunes off due to a Nunes injury, Cub Swanson is now off the card and will instead fight next at WEC 41. It'll be a high-risk, high-reward fight as it could be a #1 contender fight against the man many predict is ready for a Featherweight Title shot-Jose Aldo.