WEC 37 Card Finalized, Late Changes Made
WEC has announced the official final card for WEC 37, headlined by WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia for the title. A couple late changes were made-Alex Serdyukov and Josh Grispi are both off now, Grispi to injury and Serdyukov for undisclosed reasons.
Wagney Fabiano heads to WEC
The International Fight League may have vanished, but its most dominant fighter had no trouble finding a new home.
Wagnney Fabiano is excited about joining the WEC, and his arrival adds yet another top-flight contender to the organization’s suddenly stacked featherweight division. Fabiano steamrolled and finished all six of his IFL opponents, but he believes the WEC is a step up in competition and will reveal a lot more about him as a fighter.
Carlos Condit joins Arizona Combat Sports
The championship pedigree at Arizona Combat Sports continues to grow as World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champion Carlos Condit has officially joined the team as a full time member, joining WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner on the team roster.
Since making his debut with the WEC in January 2007, the "Natural Born Killer" has gone 5-0 while winning and defending the 170-pound title numerous times.
Dana Now Considers Carano-Cyborg For WEC
And the tables have turned yet again. Over the last 2 weeks Dana White has significantly softened his stance on promoting a Gina Carano-Cristiane Santos fight, with Dana now saying he's not opposed to doing it. As long as it's in WEC.
WEC Adds 2 More Bantamweights To Ranks For WEC 37
WEC has signed 2 more Bantamweight contenders to bolster its ranks, Joseph Benavidez & Danny Martinez, who will face each other at WEC 37. Benavidez recently fought in DREAM and was to have faced Kid Yamamoto before injury scrapped that bout, while Martinez is a former Rage In The Cage Bantamweight Champion.
Mark Munoz Ready For WEC 37, Jump To UFC
With his last fight in WEC coming up next month before the promotion does away with its Light Heavyweight Division, Mark Munoz has signed a deal to make the move to UFC afterwards, win or lose. Munoz faces Ricardo Barros in WEC's final LHW division fight.
Manager Clarifies Faber's $14k Payday
When Urijah Faber lost his fight to Mike Brown at WEC 36 last week, just about everybody saw their collective jaws drop as one of the top featherweight in the world fell to defeat for the first time in over two years.
Fans were just as stunned to see the official payouts from that event and learn that based on his contractually obligated fight agreement; Faber only earned $14,000 for his efforts.
On Monday night, Faber’s manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc. addressed the pay situation when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio.
“Absolutely not. Not even close,” Roberts answered when asked if $14,000 was all that Faber was paid. “That was an accurate statement of the check he received that night. Some contractual issues came up after the September fight was postponed and that $14,000 was the remaining balance of what was owed to him. That is not what he made.”
Paulo Filho has agreed to vacate the WEC middleweight belt
True to his word, Paulo Filho has agreed to vacate the WEC middleweight belt after losing unanimously on points to Chael Sonnen on Wednesday. Flying back to Los Angeles from Florida the day after what was supposed to be a five-round championship fight, Filho's manager, Ed Soares, said he planned on shipping the belt to Sonnen as soon as he could.
Swanson Returns Against Takaya At WEC 37
Cub Swanson will make his World Extreme Cagefighting return at WEC 37 in Las Vegas to face off with Shooto veteran Hiroyuki Takaya. MMAWeekly has confirmed the bout with sources close to the fight.
Both fighters suffered losses when they last saw action in the WEC and will look to get back into the winning column. Swanson comes off a submission victory over Donnie Walker at International Fighting & Boxing League: Fight Night 11. His last action in the WEC was a quick submission loss to former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver at WEC 31. In his last outing, Takaya suffered a stoppage loss to Leonard Garcia at WEC 32.
WEC 36 Fighter Payouts Revealed
The fighter payouts from WEC 36 were obtained and revealed today. The total disclosed payouts were $287,000 with the biggest share going to Chael Sonnen thanks in part to Paulo Filho-$48,750. Sonnen got 25% of Filho's pay.
WEC 36 Medical Suspensions Announced
The Florida State Boxing Commission today handed out medical suspensions from WEC 36. New Featherweight Champion Mike Brown leads the pack and paid a price in winning the title-he's suspended indefinitely.
Sonnen Thrown Off By Filho's Tactics
Chael Sonnen traveled to Hollywood, Fla. with the goal of winning the World Extreme Cagefighting middleweight title and avenging a previous loss to Paulo Filho. He avenged the loss, but left the "Sunshine State" without the belt.
Originally scheduled as a five-round title bout, the fight was relegated to a three-round non-title match after Filho failed to make weight. Sonnen was disappointed that his title shot ended when Filho stepped on the scales, but he tried to remain focused on the fight. "It was heartbreaking. It really hurt me alot. And I sort of went through the denial phase to make it through the 24 hours," Sonnen said at the post-fight press conference.
"I even kind of had to lie to myself in order to put it out of my mind. But I worked really hard and I wanted to get that championship," added the 31-year old fighter. "I can't spin it any other way. It really hurt."
Faber Wants Another Shot
Since the purchase of World Extreme Cagefighting by Zuffa in 2006, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber had become the top star in the promotion because of his exciting style and relentless aggression, but on Wednesday night the king dropped his crown as Faber lost his 145lb title to Mike Brown.
After the fight was over, Faber made no excuses for the loss, which was on the 2nd of his career and the first loss for him since September 2005.
“Unfortunate, lost the belt tonight, got caught with a solid punch and TKO’ed first round,” Faber stated. “I’d rather go out in a blaze of glory than wither away. I’ll be back, I’ll be back for sure.”
Following his performance, Faber had a chance to review the fight tape and also stated that he hasn’t been rocked in a fight like that since the only other loss in his professional career to Tyson Griffin.
New WEC champ Mike Brown plotting his opportunity to validate title
Less than 24 hours after literally shocking the MMA world, new WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown (20-4 MMA, 2-0 WEC) is nursing an injury that will keep him out of action in the immediate future.
But while may fighters would relish the opportunity to celebrate a recent defeat of the widely regarded No. 1 fighter in the world in their weight class, Brown is already plotting his chance to show the world his victory over Urijah Faber at "WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown" was no fluke.
"A lot of people feel that you're not the champ until you've defended the belt at least once," Brown today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "And I feel like that's pretty accurate. You've got to be the champ and kind of hold your ground and show what got you there. So I'm ready to do that, and really put myself as a true champ and a not a one-hit wonder."
Brown entered Wednesday night's main event as a 3-to-1 underdog by most Las Vegas wagering lines. And judging by the comments of most experts and fans in the MMA community, Brown's chances were far less against "The California Kid" and his 13-fight win streak.
Filho: “It was good to give me new spirit”
“The loss isn’t good, but that’s good to learn. We need more focus, responsibility, and the weight is a problem… What happened yesterday we’ll forget and start all over again. We’ll train here and get our rematch with Sonnen, and then go to light-heavyweight division”, revealed Distak.
Garcia Ready To Fight Brown
Leonard Garcia’s win against Jens Pulver at this Wednesday’s WEC 36 brought an end of sorts to a long period of struggling in his life. Seven months ago, the Lubbock, Texas native was looking at jail time as part of a federal drug trafficking indictment. A promising young featherweight in a rising organization, the charges threatened to put a halt to Garcia's career before it blossomed. Eventually, he was cleared of the charges, but still may have to do a year of probation for refusing to assist the authorities’ investigation.
Garcia knew a victory could be a benchmark in his career. He knew that in life, as in fighting, anything could happen at any moment; the opportunity could not be wasted.
“Fighting Jens, I knew it was going to be a good fight,” he said. “I thought it was going to be a little more drug out, but I trained really hard for this, and I think it’s a life changing fight. That’s kind of the approach I took for it, and it worked out for me.”
Their encounter was surprisingly short. Pulver, lining up for a KO with his straight left, walked right into a pair of hooks from Garcia. The shots visibly wobbled Pulver, and Garcia charged in to finish. It was over in 72 seconds.
Mike Brown On Taking The Title From Faber
Mike Brown shocked a few people when he stopped the seemingly-unbeatable Urijah Faber in last night’s WEC featherweight title clash.
But one person who was not surprised was Brown himself. Speaking to Fighters Only earlier, he said that he felt very confident going into the cage, and knew that the belt was almost certainly his when he dropped Faber before pounding him out on the ground.
“I felt really great man, I was in a good place. Out back with all my teammates there, being at home... it was just a great weekend,” he said.
“I got in there and just fought. Caught him with a good shot and then just jumped on him and finished him off.”
When Faber dropped, he landed on his hands and knees with Brown glued to his side and working relentlessly for the finish.
“I knew he was hurt and I wanted to finish him, I was swinging hard," he recalled.
"But it’s kind of hard to punch somebody when they are on their belly because you are not allowed to hit the back of the head. So I had to look for the shots, I threw a lot of uppercuts under the armpit.”
While those underarm swings landed flush on Faber’s chin and prompted the referee to wave the fight off, they also took their toll on Brown.
Viewers saw him complain of a pain in his ribs as he rose to his feet and an x-ray later confirmed he had sustained some damage.
“I tore some cartilage in my rib in the fight when I was swinging at the end. I went to get it checked out and they said I will be out for four to six weeks,” he revealed.
The forced rest will not bother the new champion though – the long training camp for this fight means he welcomed the opportunity to bow out of training for a short while.
Brown now holds the crown in a stacked featherweight division which includes the likes of Leonard Garcia and the newly-signed Wageny Fabiano.
WEC 36 Fighter Bonuses
Each fighter receiving a bonus award was given $7,500 on top of their regular fight purse. MMAWeekly.com confirmed the bonuses with a WEC official late Wednesday night in Hollywood, Fla.
The WEC 36 Knockout of the Night seemed like a no brainer as Mike Brown was able to unseat Urijah Faber as the top featherweight in the world with a devastating punch in the first round of their championship matchup.
The WEC 36 Submission of the Night went to bantamweight fighter Rani Yahya, who got out of a tough spot of his own early in the fight to eventually finish Yoshiro Maeda with a guillotine choke at 3:30 in the first round of their bout.
The WEC 36 Fight of the Night on Wednesday night could end up as a fight of the year candidate after Donald Cerrone and Rob McCullough went to war in a pivotal lightweight showdown. In the end, Cerrone got the nod with a unanimous decision, but both fighters were able to benefit from the bonus after a phenomenal showing for the fans.
Although not one of the "of the Night" award bonuses, featherweight Leonard Garcia was handed a separate $7,500 bonus for his performance against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver. He TKO'd Pulver slightly more than a minute into their televised bout.
WEC 36 Fight of the Night
Donald Cerrone and Rob McCullough
WEC 36 Knockout of the Night
WEC 36 Submission of the Night
Donald Cerrone vs. Jamie Varner Expected For WEC 38
Fresh off his victory over Rob McCullough last night, it appears that Donald Cerrone has earned himself a shot at WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner. Varner's management team said today that WEC is moving forward with plans for the fight at WEC 38, tentatively scheduled for January 25.
WEC 36 A Success At Gate
It was a roller coaster ride of emotion at Wednesday night's WEC 36 in Hollywood, Fla., but when all was said and done, the numbers added up in the promotion's favor. They claimed 5227 paid for a live gate of $563,578, coming just short of a sellout.