WEC 37 Fighter Payouts
The official fighter payouts from last night's WEC 37 have been revealed. The total disclosed payouts were $219,000 with the biggest share-$44,000-going to Miguel Torres.
WEC 37 Fighter Bonuses
WEC 37 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(All awards include a $7,500 bonus for each fighter.)
WEC 37 Submission of the Night
– Brian Bowles
WEC 37 Knockout of the Night
– Bart Palaszewski
WEC 37 Fight of the Night
– Cub Swanson and Hiroyuki Takaya
McCulloch Vs Hicks @ WEC 38 Is Off!
Almost as soon as it was revealed "Razor" Rob McCullough's fight with Marcus Hicks has been scratched from WEC 38 on Jan. 25 in San Diego, Calif.
McCullough's manager, Ken Pavia of MMA Agents, informed MMAWeekly.com of the change. Citing a grueling 16-week camp the former lightweight champion went through in preparation for his last fight with Donald Cerrone at WEC 36, Pavia said McCullough would not be ready to face Hicks.
WEC 37 Results ***SPOILERS***
Main Card Bouts:
-Miguel Torres def. Manny Tapia by TKO (Strikes) at 3:04, R2
-Wagnney Fabiano def. Akitoshi Tamura by submission (head & arm choke) at 4:48, R3
-Brian Bowles def. Will Ribeiro by submissin (guillotine choke) at 1:11, R3
-Joseph Benavidez def. Danny Martinez by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
-Johny Hendricks def. Justin Haskins by TKO (Strikes) at 0:52 R2
-Mark Munoz def Ricardo Barros by TKO (Strikes) at 2:26 R1
-Diego Nunes def Cole Province by Unan Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Bart Palaszewski def. Alex Karalexis by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 1:11 R2
-Cub Swanson def. Hiroyuki Takaya by Unan Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Shane Roller def. Mike Budnik by Submission (Gullotine Choke at 1:01 R1
New Mike Brown interview.
Fresh off a KO of Urijah Faber to win the WEC Featherweight title, Mike Brown takes time out of his day to talk to 411 about his career, provide insight on his title-winning performance, his fellow 145-pounders, and who he feels has the better haircut - Faber or Torres!
"Razor" Returns To WEC At WEC 38
According to sources within his camp, former WEC Lightweight Champion Rob McCullough will return to action at WEC 38 in January. He'll face Marcus Hicks, who is just coming off a WEC LW Title fight himself.
Mangler On A Mission
Manny Tapia is a man on a mission.
The fighter that many refer to as "The Mangler” will face the toughest test of his career when he takes on WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres this Wednesday in Las Vegas. Fans wait in anticipation as this match-up has fight of the year potential. Tapia is ready and eagerly awaits the showdown between two of the best 135-pound fighters in the world.
“I feel good. I feel strong. I’m not thinking about it too much. I’m just keeping my head clear,” said the Chino, Calif. resident. “All the hard parts are already out of the way, that’s the training; the fight is just a bonus. The months of preparation, that’s the hard part.
Carano To WEC? Not So Fast
Although there is continued interest among those in both UFC and WEC about adding former EliteXC star Gina Carano to WEC's ranks, it may not happen anytime soon. The hangup this time? The still-apparently-unresolved ProElite contractual situation that is keeping Carano and many other EliteXC fighters in limbo for now.
Brian Bowles: A Little Southern Charm mixed with Plenty of Southern Harm
Good article on a sometimes overlooked fighter...
"Brian Bowles doesn’t have a nickname, but figures he would adopt a moniker if somebody “came up with a cool one.”
No one has done so and the lack of a nickname actually meshes nicely with Bowles’ laid-back personality and substance-over-style approach to the fight game. He is a former police officer who started his MMA apprenticeship at the HardCore Gym in Athens, Ga. Hailed as a quick learner, Bowles outworks just about everybody in the training room, keeps charging and grinding even when he’s being treated like a punching bag, and if you stick a microphone in his face and ask him to speak publicly, he is a man of precious few words. He has skyrocketed up the rankings and is widely considered one of the top fighters in the world in his weight class."
Mike Thomas Brown’s first defense likely to take place vs. Leonard Garcia
With Urijah Faber now slated to fight Jens Pulver at WEC 38 on Jan. 25 in a rematch from the classic June encounter, multiple sources have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that current WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown is now expected to make his first defense against former UFC lightweight Leonard Garcia.
Five Ounces of Pain spoke to a third source close to Brown who indicated that while the matchup is considered likely, it has yet to be finalized. However, bout agreements from both fighters could be secured within the next 1-2 two weeks.
Faber Vs Pulver @ WEC 38
Recently knocked off his featherweight perch by Mike Brown, Urijah Faber will make a quick turn and get right back in the cage on Jan. 25 at WEC 38. A little more surprising, however, may be whom he will be facing. Sources close to the bout tell MMAWeekly.com that Faber will rematch Jens Pulver at the San Diego event.
Although bout agreements have yet to be signed, sources indicate that both sides have verbally agreed to the rematch. Faber bested Pulver in a five-round war in their original outing on June 1 in Sacramento, Calif.
As mentioned, Faber is coming off of a knockout loss to current WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown. The defeat was his first as a featherweight and only the second of his career. Faber's first defeat was a lightweight bout against current UFC contender Tyson Griffin. He is still ranked No. 2 in the world as a featherweight.
Brown Open To Faber Rematch, But Not In January
Now that he's returned to training after injuries suffered in his victory over then-WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber, Mike Brown recently said he's open to giving Faber a rematch in his first title defense, but said January's WEC event is too soon. Brown says March will be his target date for his first defense.
WEC 38 Set For January, Faber Return Likely
WEC apparently is planning to kick off 2009 in a big way with WEC 38. Scheduled to be held in San Diego, former Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber is scheduled to headline the event although he won't get his title rematch yet (Mike Brown is injured), but Lighweight Champion Jamie Varner and Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit will both defend their belts. The card is likely to air on Versus and not PPV.