WEC Considering Future Show In Ohio
While no specific dates were mentioned, WEC has an interest in running future shows in Ohio. What seems to work in Ohio's favor is they typically provide WEC events with strong ratings when they air on Versus.
Coloring MMA Badd
When I settled on a topic for this latest post-event opining, I thought I might have some 'splainin' to do as to why I was so sickened with Frank Mir's color commentary for WEC 40. However, after a quick peek into my inbox and a cursory glance at the Sherdog forums, I feel as though my objections are justified.
In case your TiVo exploded, here's a recap: Mir, routinely celebrated as a stellar technical analyst, ignores any and all offense from Joseph Benavidez and Takeya Mizugaki in otherwise brilliant fights while butchering the names of any and all brave enough to step into the cage with the UFC's interim heavyweight champ on the mic (though I suspect Jameel Massouh may be used to it.)
WEC star Urijah Faber plans to dabble in 135- and 155-pound divisions
CHICAGO - Figuring he has a little less than a decade left in his mixed-martial-arts career, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (22-2 MMA, 7-1 WEC) has given plenty of thought to the future.
And during a 30-minute question-and-answer session following Saturday's WEC 40 weigh-ins in Chicago, the 145-pound Faber gave a sneak peak of some potential coming attractions.
They include a move down to 135 pounds for a potential fight with WEC bantamweight champ Miguel Torres and a jump up to 155 pounds for a possible bout with UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn.
"I'll probably have another seven to eight years in this sport," the 29-year-old Faber said while sharing a panel with fellow WEC fighters Mike Brown and Donald Cerrone and WEC broadcaster Frank Mir. "I'll probably go down to 135 (pounds) and up to 155. I'll try to stabilize myself at 145, so there's a lot of fights out there for me."
WEC 40 Weigh-In Results
The weigh-ins for WEC 40 were held earlier today. Initially, 4 fighters missed weight but 3 made it on their second try. Only Mike Budnik could not make weight, so his fight with Rafael Dias is now catch weight.
With Nunes hurt, Swanson's WEC 40 fight off, love for deep dish pizza on
According to a report from VERSUS.com, a hand injury has forced Nunes to withdraw from the event, and a replacement will not be sought at such a late date.
A disappointed Swanson, who thought the news was a cruel April Fool's joke, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he's making the best of the situation by gaining a new appreciation for deep dish pizza.
Versus Close To Long-Term Extension With WEC
Although the deal isn't done yet, the cable network Versus and WEC are closing in on at least a 2-year extension of their contract. The deal also will ilkely give versus.com the rights to air prelim fights that do not air on TV as part of WEC events.
Province Off WEC 40, Budnik In
The injury bug is starting to bite WEC, as there has been another late change to the WEC 40 card. Cole Province, who was to have faced Rafael Dias, is now off due to an undisclosed injury. Mike Budnik is the short-notice replacement.
WEC 41 Announced: Brown-Faber Headlines, Not PPV
Versus today announced WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2, set to take place on June 7 at Arco Arena in Sacramento. The rematch of WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Thomas Brown (Mike Brown) vs. Urijah Faber for the title will be the main event, and despite rumors of it being the PPV debut for WEC the event will actually air for free on Versus.
PETTIS OUT; PALASZEWSKI STEPS IN TO FACE NJOKUANI
A change has been made to the upcoming WEC 40 card in Chicago as lightweight Anthony Pettis has been forced out of his scheduled fight against Anthony Njokuani with an undisclosed injury. Stepping into replace Pettis will be Bart Palaszewski, who accepted the fight on just over one week's notice.
Mike Brown vs Urijah Faber set for WEC 41
A much discussed rematch between current WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown (17-4 MMA, 3-0 WEC) and the man from whom he took the belt, Urijah Faber (22-2 MMA, 7-1 WEC), has been signed according to a report from FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
The signing has since been confirmed by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
According to the report, the bout will headline the as-yet-unannounced WEC 41 event on June 7 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
New Jamie Varner Interview
WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie “C-4” Varner recently spoke with PDG about his recovery from injuries sustained in his victory against “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone, the fans that hate and when he will return to defend his belt.
PDG: Obviously, people are going to want to see a rematch between you and “Cowboy” Cerrone; any objections?
Varner: I will smash his face in. I was kicking his ass in the first round of our fight but I broke my hand and that is when the fight changed. That was the first fight in my career where I actually got hurt. I would like to think that the odds of that happening again are very slim and I think that a rematch would be an easy fight.
Miguel Torres Wants To Move To 155
UFC Lightweights should prepare for the mullet. In a recent interview with Versus, WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres said that, considering it would likely mean bigger fights and more money, he would like to jump up all the way to Lightweight (155) at some point if he can get a 3-fight deal with UFC.
New Interview With WEC VP Peter Dropick
With WEC 40 right around the corner, Ariel Helwani of Versus.com recently interviewed WEC VP Peter Dropick on a variety of WEC-related topics, which notably include PPV plans for June likely back on with the Urijah Faber-Mike Thomas Brown rematch for the WEC Featherweight Title likely to headline the event.