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Jason Reinhardt Wants Miguel Torres At 135lbs
MMA veteran Jason Reinhardt is eyeing Miguel Torres and World Extreme Cagefighting’s 135- pound division. “I’m undefeated at 135 and Miguel Torres is not,” Reinhardt said during a promotional interview for his upcoming Courage Fighting Championships event in Decatur, Illinois. “He’s the best fighter in the world they say, so I would love the chance to compete against him and fight him in the WEC.”
Pulver aims for October return, fight with Nogueira
Jens Pulver can sum up his performance against Urijah Faber last month in a single word – slow. The former UFC lightweight champion was beaten for the first time at 145 pounds., when Faber scored a unanimous decision in Sacramento June 1 in World Extreme Cagefighting's biggest event to date.
Jason Reinhardt wants Miguel Torres
MMA veteran Jason Reinhardt is eyeing Miguel Torres and World Extreme Cagefighting’s 135-pound division.
WEC 35 card takes shape with addition of two more fights
The WEC recently made two more bouts official for its loaded WEC 35 card on August 3. Micah Miller (9-1) will battle up-and-comer Josh Grispi (8-1) in a featherweight showdown and undefeated bantamweight Brian Bowles (5-0) will tangle with Tapout reality show fan favorite Damacio Page (10-3). The announcement is expected to complete the entire televised card for WEC 35, which is headlined by three world title fights. WEC 35: AUGUST 3 IN LAS VEGAS venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. -Carlos Condit (#9 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Hiromitsu Miura -Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell -Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks -Cub Swanson vs. Hiroyuki Takaya -Carlo Prater vs. Brock Larson -Todd Moore vs. Alex Karalexis -Kenji Osawa vs. Scott Jorgensen -Damacio Page vs. Brian Bowles -Micah Miller vs. Josh Grispi
MILLER VS GRISPI, PAGE VS BOWLES AT WEC 35
World Extreme Cagefighting officially announced a pair of bouts for WEC 35, which takes place on Aug. 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In an exciting bantamweight match-up, undefeated Georgian fighter Brian Bowles faces off with Jackson’s Submission Fighting representative Damacio Page. Bowles impressively knocked out highly regarded Shooto veteran Marcos Galvao at WEC 31, while Page won a close decision over Scott Jorgensen on short notice at WEC 32. Lanky featherweight Micah Miller takes on east coast wunderkind Josh Grispi in an intriguing featherweight bout. Both fighters come off victories at WEC 32 with Miller knocking out former title challenger Chance Farrar and Grispi choking out UFC veteran Mark Hominick. WEC 35 is headlined by three title bouts. Welterweight champion Carlos Condit defends his title against Japanese fighter Hiromitsu Miura; light heavyweight champion Brian Stann, in his first title defense, rematches with Steve Cantwell; and lightweight champion Jamie Varner defends for the first time, against Texan Marcus Hicks. WEC 35 Bouts (officially announced): -Carlos Condit vs. Hiromitsu Miura -Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell -Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks -Damacio Page vs. Brian Bowles -Micah Miller vs. Josh Grispi WEC 35 Bouts (unannounced): -Cub Swanson vs. Hiroyuki Takaya -Carlo Prater vs. Brock Larson -Todd Moore vs. Alex Karalexis -Kenji Osawa vs. Scott Jorgensen
WEC Going International (Coming to the UK?)
Fighters Only is on a roll as they have the scoop on the WEC possibly coming to the British Isles: However, Marshall Zelaznik, president of the UK division of the UFC, has confirmed to Fighters Only that the WEC visiting the UK is very likely. "There's the prospect of the WEC coming to the UK, first on television screens and, when the time is right, we will look to run live WEC events in the UK too," he revealed.
Prater vs. Larson added to WEC 8/3
In what is already shaping up to be a decent card, MMARated is reporting that Carlo Prater (23-6) and Brock Larson (23-2) have been signed for the World Extreme Cagefighting event, which will take place on August 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Below is the tentative card: * Carlo Prater vs. Brock Larson * Carlos Condit vs. Hiromitsu Miura (Welterweight title) * Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell (Light heavyweight title) * Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks (Lightweight title) * Cub Swanson vs. Hiroyuki Takaya * Todd Moore vs. Alex Karalexis * Kenji Osawa vs. Scott Jorgensen * Demacio Page vs. Brian Bowles * “Razor” Rob McCullough vs. Donald Cerrone A rumored fight between Micah Miller and Leonard Garcia is in the mix, as well.
Latest Sherdog Rankings up
The lastest Sherdog Rankings are out: Machida takes a big jump, Alves still climbing.
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Rob McCullough vs Donald Cerrone WEC fight in the works
Former WEC lightweight champion “Razor” Rob McCullough will likely take on the undefeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (8-0) in a bout that will possibly determine the next 155-pound number one contender. News of the match up surfaced at a recent Ring of Fire event in Denver, Colo. MMAmania.com was unable to confirm the actual date and location of the showdown at this time; however, with three title fights slated for WEC 35 on August 3 it’s possible that this bout will be tacked on to the WEC 36 card that features the middleweight rematch between 185-pound champion Paulo Filho and Chael Sonnen. McCullough most recently won a lackluster split-decision victory over Kenneth Alexander at WEC 34: “Faber vs. Pulver” earlier this month. It was his first fight since losing his title to Jamie Varner via technical knockout at WEC 32 back in February.
BJ Penn, Michael Bisping, Urijah Faber and Carlos Condit to visit troops in Afghanistan
UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn and middleweight contender Michael Bisping, along with WEC champions Carlos Condit and Urijah Faber, will soon travel to Afghanistan to visit with United States military and other coalition troops stationed there. Here’s a snip from UFC President Dana White: “We are honored to send UFC and WEC fighters to visit the men and women of the United States Military. We are pleased to be giving back to such a great cause; many of our fighters have served in the military and understand what a great contribution our troops are making overseas.” No timetable for the visit or duration of the trip was announced at this time. However, Condit is set to defend his 170-pound title on August 3, meaning it has to happen real soon or after WEC 35. This is certainly not the first time Zuffa has dispatched a small contingent of its fighters overseas. Randy Couture, Rich Franklin and Rachelle Leah visited troops in Iraq back in 2006. Tito Ortiz and Justin McCully have also been fixtures on recent USO tours. Remember that the promotion staged a special Spike TV live event in an aircraft hangar at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., on December 13 that was open only for troops to attend. It featured a main event between Diego Sanchez and Joe Riggs, which the “Nightmare” won via first round knockout. And there’s also been discussions that the UFC plans to hold a future event on the deck of a Navy aircraft carrier.
Cub Swanson vs Hiroyuki Takaya WEC 35 fight set
Two fighters looking to get back in the win column after devastating defeats — Cub Swanson (12-2) and Hiroyuki Takaya (9-5-1) — will battle it out in a 145-pound clash at WEC 35 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 3, according to Sherdog.com. Swanson was on the rise until he suffered a setback against Jens Pulver in his return to the featherweight division at WEC 31. “Lil Evil” submitted Swanson just 35 seconds into the first round — only the second loss of Swanson’s pro career. He actually took a low profile tune-up fight outside the promotion after the defeat, submitting Donnie Walker with a rear naked at an International Fighting & Boxing League (IFBL) bout back in February.
Filho vs. Sonnen...again
From MMAJunkie.com : WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho (16-0) will return to action in September for a rematch with top contender Chael Sonnen (20-9-1). The website Tatame.com recently reported the bout. The Filho/Sonnen rematch was supposed to take place March 26th, but Filho had to pull out of the fight after disappearing for 2 days and checking into rehab for chemical dependency. Sonnen controlled the first fight by using his height and reach advantage on the feet before succumbing to an armbar very late in the second round.
Miguel Torres eyes next WEC fight in possibly December
Quoteworthy: “They still have a couple of guys out there. They have Tapia, Brian Bowles, but he’s still kind of new. I hope they give him a couple of fights before they put him in there with me, but he’s a pretty tough guy; the guy from Greg Jackson’s camp, I think his name is Damacio Page. They have Dominick Cruz, he’s fighting at 135 now, so there are some guys out there. They have some more Japanese guys. I have guys in front of me waiting. I think in a couple of years, I’ll move up in weight, but right now I’ll stay at 35 and try to take care of business…. I told them I would like to go as soon as December. I want to fight at least by December. I want to get at least one more this year.
Rematch Between Paulo Filho and Chael Sonnan Set For September 10
Paulo Filho and Chael Sonnen are finally set to rematch on September 10th. The two were originally scheduled to rematch on March 26th in order to settle a disputed Filho win at UEC 31 back in December. In that fight, Sonnen appeared to be controlling the action well into the second round before Filho caught him in an armbar. Sonnen did not appear to tap, but yelled while the armbar was secured causing the referee to stop the fight via verbal submission. Sonnen disputed the stoppage and called immediately called for a rematch which was eventually granted for March 26th. However, Filho was unable to make weight for the fight and was purported to be suffering from chemical dependency and depression according to his management, who declared Filho ready to fight now.
Miguel Torres welcomes WEC rematch with Yoshiro Maeda
Days after successfully defending his WEC bantamweight title for the first time, Miguel Torres (34-1) can't wait to step back in the cage for another war with the man he defeated Sunday night, Yoshiro Maeda (23-5-2) Torres reflected on the bout while a guest on Tuesday's edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), a content partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's a guy that I would love to fight again," Torres said about Maeda. "We're going to have to fight again, for the fans' and for our sakes. He didn't want the fight to stop. He's a warrior, and he wanted to keep going. He just couldn't see out of his eye. We'll for sure have to do it again in the future." While the Urijah Faber-Jens Pulver main event received the bulk of the promotion and attention heading into WEC 34, Torres and Maeda put on an exciting back-and-forth battle that some are saying deserves to be considered among the best of the year. Torres eventually earned the victory when Maeda's battered and swollen right eye forced the cage-side doctor to put a halt to the action at the conclusion of the third round. Torres explained that, though the fight did not go as expected, the Indiana native was pleased with the outcome. "The fight didn't go the way I planned it," Torres said. "I knew it was going to be a war. I wanted it to be a little bit more cleaner fight than that, but my emotions got the better of me. [Maeda] cut me real early in the fight, and I just kind of went crazy after that, man. My whole game plan went out the window until the third round. It was an exciting fight, just a little sloppy in the beginning. But the fans really liked it, and I was happy to be able to defend my belt in such a style like that."
"Razor Rob" wants WEC title-fight rematch with Jamie Varner
WEC lightweight "Razor" Rob McCullough (16-4) was able to avenge the first loss of his career with a split-decision victory over Kenneth Alexander this past Sunday night. Now the 31-year-old hopes to avenge a more stinging defeat: the February loss of his WEC lightweight title to Jamie Varner. McCullough talked about his victory and a shot at redemption on Tuesday's edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), a content partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It felt great," McCullough said of his performance. "At one point I realized I got this fight, dude. He's moving backward and away from me. I wanted to rush in and clip him. You know, do something stupid. Then I went, 'Eh, I'll just wait for him to shoot and try and knee him in the face.'" The cautious performance earned the Huntington Beach fighter the victory, but it did little to win over the fans in attendance. McCullough said he was too focused to notice the booing coming from the ARCO Arena seating. "In smaller arenas, when I fight it seems like I can hear people in the crowd," McCullough explained. "I hear random people saying stuff and I can really listen to them. And before, I'd hear booing and I'd be like, 'Oh, I've got to pick up the pace here.' And that's when I would do something like a flying punch or something. I kind of was like so in the zone for this one. I was so focused that I kind of cut everything out when the bell rang. ... So, everything went out the window, and I was zoned in on him, and I didn't really hear too much. So that was kind of a good thing."
WEC Announces Augest 3rd Championship Tripleheader
WEC Announces augest third triple header title fights.
WEC Injury Suspensions!
WEC Suspensions are serious this time around, I don't know if these are able to be cleared before hand or what but it is a long time before someone will fight! Chuck Grigsby has an INDEFINITE suspension due to head injury or whatever. Urijah and Jens got a half year one!
Miguel Torres on the WEC 34 fight of the night against Yoshiro Maeda (Video)
WEC 34 fighters salaries: Faber, Pulver and McCullough top earners
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today received the list of official salaries for the event, which took place at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, from the California State Athletic Commission. Other top earners included Faber's opponent, Jens Pulver ($33,000), as well as Rob McCullough ($32,000) and WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres ($28,000). The total disclosed payroll for the event was $260,000. The average salary was $11,818. The full list of salaries included: Urijah Faber ($44,000) def. Jens Pulver ($33,000) Miguel Torres ($28,000) def. Yoshiro Maeda ($6,000) Mark Munoz ($16,000) def. Chuck Grigsby ($3,000) Rob McCullough ($32,000) def. Kenneth Alexander ($3,000) Donald Cerrone ($10,000) def. Danny Castillo ($3000) Mike Brown ($10,000) def. Jeff Curran ($10,000) Will Ribeiro ($6,000) def. Chase Beebe ($7,000) Tim McKenzie ($12,000) def. Jeremy Lang ($4,000) Alex Serdyukov ($6,000) def. Luis Sapo ($3,000) Jose Aldo ($6,000) def. Alexandre Franca Nogueira ($8,000) Dominic Cruz ($6,000) def. Charlie Valencia ($7,000) All of the winning fighters received "win bonuses" that doubled their salaries. For example, Faber earned a base salary of $22,000 and got an additional $22,000 for the victory. Had Pulver pulled off the victory, he would have been the event's highest-paid fighter with a $66,000 payday. Now, the usual disclaimer: the figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. They also do not include any un-reported "locker room" bonuses that organizations sometime pay. In other words, these are simply base salaries reported to the CSAC and do not represent the total amounts earned by each fighter.