WEC 39 Medical Suspensions-Everyone Suspended
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's Combative Sports division has handed down the medical suspensions from WEC 39 today. In what might seem unusual albeit precautionary, every one of the 22 fighters on the card was suspended, but most only got 7 or 10 days while 2 fighters-Marcos Galvao & Johny Hendricks-are suspended indefinitely.
When broadcasters fail to show the true picture
By the time Mike Thomas Brown stepped into the cage Sunday night against Leonard Garcia, doctors had released Marcos Galvao from a local Corpus Christi, Texas, hospital.
Less than four hours earlier Damacio Page hammered the 27-year-old Brazilian bantamweight in 18 seconds with right hands, bringing a familiar roar from the crowd before a nervous hush took over the Bank America Center. Galvao lay grotesquely stiff on the canvas, his legs elevated in unison as if he was targeting his abs, his arms locked at the elbows. While concerned medical officials looked him over, Galvao suffered from seizures. He was strapped onto a stretcher and carried out by emergency medical personnel. Page took "Knockout of the Night" honors and a $7,500 bonus for the assault.
Not one mention of Galvao's condition made the broadcast produced by Versus, nor did any shots of him being attended to by EMTs. The only reason I saw it -- like most of you, I watched at home -- was thanks to an enterprising fan that shot the footage on what appeared to be a camera phone and put it on YouTube. (The video has since been taken down at the behest of the event's promoter, Zuffa LLC subsidiary World Extreme Cagefighting, due to claims of copyright protection.)
Unless you were in the building, and unless you were able enough to catch the video that circulated around mixed martial arts message boards, you'd have no idea that Galvao was under such dire straights.
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Three fights added to "WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki," bout order released
With the WEC's first trip to the Windy City just over a month away, three organization has announced three additional bouts for the evening's preliminary card.
Anthony Njokuani vs. Anthony Pettis, Dominick Cruz vs. Ivan Lopez and Eddie Wineland vs. Rani Yahya were all announced on the WEC's official website, and the evening's bout order was also shared.
"WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki" takes place April 5 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The main card airs live on VERSUS.
Marcos Galvao cleared by MRI following brutal KO loss at WEC 39
A knockout loss that appeared to leave WEC 39 competitor Marcos Galvao convulsing on the canvas floor apparently didn't leave the fighter with any substantial injuries.
Galvao suffered a swift 18-second knockout defeat to fellow bantamweight Damacio Page on the preliminary card of the March 1 event.
An exam and CAT scan after the Sunday event and a subsequent MRI on Monday cleared Galvao of any serious injuries.
WEC's First PPV Possibly In June
The long-rumored PPV debut of WEC appears to be getting closer. Although some contractual hurdles must first be cleared, it seems like it'll happen in June in Sacramento, CA, and be headlined by the rematch of WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber for the title, assuming WEC can re-sign soon-to-be-free-agent Faber, which is expected soon.
Manny Tapia vs Akitoshi Tamura @ WEC 40
Akitoshi “Ironman” Tamura (12-7-2) and previously unbeaten number one contender Manny “The Mangler” Tapia (10-1-1) — the main event and co-main event losers from WEC 37 back in December 2008 — have been targeted by the promotion to square off with each other in a 135-pound affair at WEC 40 from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill., on April 5.
“Ironman” was handed the first submission loss of his career by one of the division’s top contenders, Wagnney Fabiano, while Tapia fell to bantamweight champion Miguel Torres in the main event courtesy of a second round technical knockout
WEC 39 Fighter Bonuses
The bonuses for the event were confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by WEC officials following the bouts, with Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night getting rewarded.
The Submission of the Night seemed like a no brainer as WEC champion, Mike Brown, won his title defense by way of head and arm choke and will now also take home a $7500 bonus as well.
Following a brutal :18 second knockout, Damacio Page took home the KO of the Night bonus for his performance defeating top ten bantamweight, Marcus Galvao, who had to leave the cage on a stretcher after the fight.
The Fight of the Night bonus landed in the hands of the last two 170lb fighters expected to compete in the WEC as the promotion has now done away with the division, with Johny Hendricks and Alex Serdyukov, each earning the extra payday.
WEC 39 - Results *SPOILERS*
WEC 39 RESULTS:
Main Card Bouts:
-Mike Brown def. Leonard Garcia by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:57, R1
-Ricardo Lamas def. Bart Palaszewski by unanimous decision (30-27 on all scorecards) at 5:00, R3
-Jose Aldo def. Chris Mickle by TKO (punches) at 1:39, R1
-Rob McCullough def. Marcus Hicks by majority decision (29-29, 30-27, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Danny Castillo def. Phil Cardella by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Damacio Page def. Marcos Galvao by KO at 0:18, R1
-Johny Hendricks def. Alex Serdyukov by unanimous decision at 5:00, R3
-Kenji Osawa def. Rafael Rebello by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30) at 5:00, R3
-Alex Karalexis def. Greg McIntyre by TKO (strikes) at 4:19, R1
-John Franchi def. Mike Budnik by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Mike Pierce def. Justin Haskins by TKO at 3:39, R3
Raphael Assuncao Vs Jameel Massouh At WEC 40
Featherweight prospect Raphael Assuncao will face fellow WEC newcomer Jameel Massouh at WEC 40 on April 5 in Chicago. Bout agreements have been signed and both fighters are a go.
According to sources close to Massouh, he was confirmed on Saturday after a victory at an unnamed show in Russia. The 24-year-old fighter now carries an impressive 21-4 professional record, and boasts a four-fight win streak. He currently trains with UFC veteran Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy in Milwaukee, Wis.
WEC 39 Weigh-In Results
The full weigh-in results included:
* Champ Mike Brown (144.25) vs. Leonard Garcia (145)
* Ricardo Lamas (154.5) vs. Bart Palaszewski (155.5)
* Jose Aldo (145.5) vs. Chris Mickle (145)
* Marcus Hicks (155.5) vs. Rob McCullough (156)
* Phil Cardella (155.5) vs. Danny Castillo (156)
* Marcos Galvao (136) vs. Damacio Page (136)
* Johny Hendricks (171) vs. Alex Serdyukov (171)
* Kenji Osawa (135.25) vs. Rafael Rebello (135.25)
* Alex Karalexis (156) vs. Greg McIntyre (155)
* Mike Budnik (145.25) vs. John Franchi (145)
* Justin Haskins (170.25) vs. Mike Pierce (170)
WEC Signs Deal With Fox Sports En Espanol
World Extreme Cagefighting and Fox Sports en Español announced on Friday that FSE is significantly expanding its mixed martial arts content with the launch of WEC: ALBOROTO, a new Spanish-language compilation program featuring some of the most memorable matchups ever seen in the WEC.
“We are pleased to have this new programming deal in place with Fox Sports en Español. World Extreme Cagefighting will complement UFC programming currently airing on FSE,” said Peter Dropick, Vice President, Event Operations & Production.
“Like the UFC, this deal will open up World Extreme Cagefighting and its incredible fighters to a larger, more diverse U.S.-based audience.”
Varner-Cerrone Rematch Possible For WEC Later This Year
After their first title fight ended in a premature 5th round stoppage due to an illegal strike, WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner & Donald Cerrone could have a rematch late this summer. The fight date likely will depend on when Varner is ready to return from injuries sustained in the first fight, probably not before July. Cerrone is said to be next in line for a title shot due to Rich Crunkilton being off Sunday's WEC event with an injury, which may have cost Bart Palaszewski a title shot for now as well.
WEC Champ Varner's Injuries Not Career Ending
Though he got pretty banged up in his second title defense, WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner will fight again.
On Thursday, the 24-year-old Arizona Combat Sports fighter passed an eye exam that will clear the way for him to be re-licensed by the California State Athletic Commission, who suspended him indefinitely following his winning effort against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at WEC 38.
The fight was stopped just under two minutes into the fifth round when Cerrone threw an inadvertent illegal knee that raked Varner’s eye, prompting an automatic tally of judges’ scorecards. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Varner.
Varner also broke his right hand and fractured his left foot during the bout.
Initially, cage-side doctors feared his eye injury might be severe.
BOWLES OUT; MIZUGAKI TO FACE TORRES AT WEC 40
Miguel Torres will have a new opponent for his April 5 title defense at WEC 40 in Chicago, as MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Brian Bowles has been forced out of the bout with an undisclosed injury. Stepping in to replace him is No. 6 ranked bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki, who is expected to sign a five-fight deal with the WEC, Torres being his first opponent.
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by multiple sources close to the fight on Wednesday.
Mizugaki makes not only his WEC debut, but also his debut in the United States with an impressive resume of fights on the worldwide stage. The Japanese based fighter has won his last five fights while competing in the GCM Cage Force series. He spent the biggest part of his career with the Shooto organization.
Crunkilton Out, Lamas In At WEC 39
A late change has been made to Sunday's WEC 39 card, as Rich Crunkilton is now off due to a knee injury. He was to have faced Bart Palaszewski with a potential WEC Lightweight Title shot on the line. Ricardo Lamas (5-0) is the replacement.
Page Shoots For Top 10 At WEC 39
With the decision by World Extreme Cagefighting to eliminate all weight classes 170-pounds and above, more emphasis will now fall upon the blossoming bantamweight division to fill the gap.
Among those 135-pounders looking not only to capitalize on the weight class’ emphasized importance is Greg Jackson student Damacio Page. A native of New Mexico, Page has always been a fighter to step up to face top competition, never once wanting to take safer fights to pad his record.