Steve Cantwell Recounts WEC 35 Title Win
When Steve Cantwell and Brian Stann first met in World Extreme Cagefighting at WEC 26, Stann finished Cantwell by TKO in just 41 seconds. At WEC 35, Cantwell returned the favor by finishing the former WEC light heavyweight titleholder by TKO at 4:01 of the first round.
It was Stann's first title defense and Cantwell's opportunity to avenge the previous loss and win the WEC light heavyweight belt that Stann obtained by knocking out Doug Marshall at WEC 33.
"He did exactly what I thought he'd do," the newly crowned champ told MMAWeekly.com. "It was exactly what I expected. The only problem was it was my first title fight and my nerves kind of got the best of me a little bit."
Razor Rob, Rampage, Tiki and the cops
From "Razor" Rob McCullough's latest blog:
"That night, I ended up being the sober driver for my boys, Rampage, Tiki and Ryan “Loco.” The nite ended up with us on the side of the road pulled over by the police for speeding. After getting a ticket, the cops were super cool and asked if they could take some pics with their camera phones. They shook our hands as we left. I suppose that could’ve ended up a lot worse."
Check out Razor Rob's entire blog here:
WEC-UFC Talent Merger in the Works?
Talk of a potential migration of the WEC’s 205- and 185-pound divisions to the UFC could be more than just rumors, and the answer might play out in the coming months.
For months, rumors have been circulating -– and, occasionally reported in MMA media outlets -– that the WEC may disband those two divisions and send some of the top fighters competing there to the UFC.
Reed Harris, WEC president, declined to confirm or deny the status of a potential reshuffling of the rosters when contacted Monday by Sherdog.com. Harris did confirm that the concept has been acknowledged as a possibility by UFC president Dana White, and matchmakers Joe Silva and Scott Adams of the UFC and WEC, respectively.
“We have had some discussions about our weight divisions, but nothing has been set or finalized,” Harris said. “We’ve heard the same rumors. We’ve had those discussions since day one. About what weight classes (might be involved), I really have no official statement. I know people are talking about it. I’ve had reporters call me and ask the same questions for eight months about it.”
NSAC issues few medical suspensions to WEC 35 fighters
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has issued only a handful of submissions stemming from Sunday's WEC 35 event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The NSAC today sent the list of suspensions to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via email.
Aside from main-eventwinner Carlos Condit and his opponent, Hiromitsu Miura, all the suspensions were for precautionary reasons stemming from knockout losses.
WEC Signs Mexican Television Deal
Somehow this got swept under the radar, but it's worth a look. Notable quote:
Boxing has been the sport of choice for Mexican fans, but World Extreme Cagefighting is banking on the excitement, intensity and popularity of mixed martial arts to win over Latin fight fans.
The WEC is home to many Mexican fighters such as WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres, Manny Tapia, Leonard Garcia and Blas Avena. The WEC is going after the Mexican market in a huge way, announcing a deal with Cadena Tres to become the network television home for the WEC in Mexico.
The deal with Cadena Tres starts with Sunday’s broadcast of WEC 35, which features three titles fights, and runs through 2009.
“This partnership between Cadena Tres and the WEC is a groundbreaking event for Mexican television,” said Erik Zuckermann, director of programming and new content for Cadena Tres. “We are the first free TV network to bring the Mexican audience this kind of contact sport in primetime. The WEC live events represent the perfect choice for Cadena Tres, which, being the newest option on Mexican free TV, continually bets on content that represents a unique and fresh option for our viewers. We are certain the WEC will represent one of the biggest hits on TV and Cadena Tres will be the channel to watch every week.”
WEC Featherweight Micah Miller Talks Training, Weight-Cutting, And WEC 35 Predictions
Micah Miller steps into the cage tomorrow night at WEC 35 in Las Vegas against Josh Grispi in a match that will definitely put the winner in the top of the heap in Urijah Faber's featherweight division.
Miller, the 21 year-old younger brother of UFC standout Cole Miller, trains at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, FL, and has also enlisted the help of Juan Carlos Santana and his Institute of Human Performance.
He brings an impressive record of 9-2 into the fight against the Massachusetts native Josh Grispi, who is trained by South Shore Sport Fighting in Rockland, MA.
Mike Budnik Goes From The X Games To WEC
Naturally, this weekend's MMA spotlight will be focused squarely on the likes of Carlos Condit, Jamie Varner and Brian Stann as, once again, the WEC has quietly put together another solid card.
However, the fight we're most looking forward to involves Mike Budnik. The former pro skater and X games veteran recently made the jump to MMA and is currently sitting on a 6-0 pro record. On Sunday, he faces another WEC newcomer, Greg McIntyre, in a 155 lbs bout. It seems only fitting that Budnik gets this chance of a lifetime in MMA while X Games 14 kicks off.
A few months back we interviewed Budnik about his new life in MMA so we thought this would be a good time to replay that interview so you can brush up on your Budnik history and impress your buddies at your WEC party on Sunday.
Oh, and if you're looking for a quicker way to learn a little more about Budnik just watch his 2007 knockout of the year candidate thanks in large part to Kenny Giddens' chin.
Stann Wants Cantwell To Regret Rematch
Never one to back down from a challenge, World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight champion Brian Stann will for the second time in his career face Steve Cantwell. The first time definitely favored Stann, who picked up the TKO win in only 41 seconds.
But this time around, Stann puts his WEC gold on the line and that makes it like the first fight never even happened.
“I really don’t care about that first fight I fought with him,” Stann said in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio.
Beyond the significance of the title fight, the highly decorated Marine thinks that he has progressed much, much further in his own skill level since defeating Cantwell the first time.
“I was seven weeks back from Iraq to the day at that point in time. I was pulling guys off the street to come in and spar with me and grapple with me. The closest thing I had for a jiu-jitsu coach at that time was a blue belt,” Stann commented. “I can’t even imagine the difference between me the first time I fought him to now.”
WEC 35 - Weigh In Results
Champ Carlos Condit (169.5) vs. Hiromitsu Miura (169) -- for welterweight title
Champ Brian Stann (201.5) vs. Steve Cantwell (205) -- for light heavyweight title
Champ Jamie Varner (155) vs. Marcus Hicks (156)* -- for lightweight title
Brian Bowles (136) vs. Damacio Page (135)
Josh Grispi (145) vs. Micah Miller (145)
Brock Larson (171) vs. Carlo Prater (170)
Blas Avena (170) vs. Dave Terrel (170)
Todd Moore (154) vs. Shane Roller (155)
Mike Budnik (154) vs. Greg McIntyre (155)
Scott Jorgensen (135.5) vs. Kenji Osawa (135.5)
* -- After weighing 156, was given an additional hour to make weight. He made the 155-pound limit shortly after
JAMIE VARNER LOOKING TO DEFEND WEC TITLE
Jamie Varner was relatively unknown until he stepped into the Octagon at UFC 62 against Hermes Franca. He dominated Franca throughout the majority of the fight, until he gassed out. Franca ended up finishing him towards the end of the third round.
Even though Varner lost that fight, he opened a lot of eyes. He had a subsequent victory over Jason Gilliam at UFC 68. After his victory, he was moved to the World Extreme Cagefighting organization. It was there that he rose to championship form.
He defeated Sherron Leggett in the first round of their bout, earning a title shot against then-champion “Razor” Rob McCullough. Varner shocked fans by knocking out McCullough and gaining the WEC lightweight champion.
Carlos Condit – Never Let ‘Em See You Sweat
If you looked at Carlos Condit moments before his title defense against Carlo Prater in February, you wouldn’t have been out of line for assuming that it was just another day in the office for the WEC welterweight champion.
Undefeated John Franchi added to WEC featherweight division
World Extreme Cagefighting has been very active as of late when it comes to signing new talent and FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that undefeated featherweight prospect John Franchi is the latest to be added to the WEC roster.
Franchi has signed a five fight deal with the promotion, according to Gary Marino of GVM Sports Management, speaking to Five Ounces of Pain.
Trained by his co-manager, Ryan Ciotoli of Bomb Squad MMA in New York, Franchi will make his WEC debut on Sept. 10 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. against Jose Aldo.
Hicks Looking To Dethrone Varner At WEC 35
Marcus "The Wrecking Ball" Hicks takes on World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight titleholder Jamie "The Worm" Varner Aug. 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where the undefeated Hicks expects to walk away the champion.
Heading into the biggest fight of his career, Hicks' attitude is, "It's just another fight."
"I'm approaching this fight pretty much the same way I approach all my fights. I'm going to go out there and do what I do," the Texan told MMAWeekly Radio.
"I want to go out there, and I want to have a strong paced fight. I want to go out there and try to take the title," he added. "I don't want to sit back and wait for it to come to me."
In his ten-fight professional mixed martial arts career, Hicks has never gone to a decision. "I'd like to keep it that way," remarked the challenger. "I don't want a decision."
Davis-Takaya Now Off WEC 35
WEC 35 has become an on-again off-again affair for LC Davis. First he was on to replace Cub Swanson against Hiroyuki Takaya. Now the fight is completely off. Word is Takaya turned it down.