Carlos Condit Title Defense added to WEC 35
WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit — who is in Sacramento, Calif., this weekend to sign autographs for the “Faber vs. Pulver” event — is expected to put his 170-pound title on the line against Hiromitsu Miura (9-4) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 3. It will be the third title fight of the evening, joining the lightweight showdown between 155-pound champion Jamie Varner against Marcus Hicks, as well as the 205-pound tile between WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Stann and challenger Steve Cantwell.
Best around: MMAmania.com exclusive sit down with WEC champion Miguel Torres
On one night in February, Miguel Torres went from being a relatively unknown fighter from East Chicago (Ind.), to being the WEC bantamweight champion and being considered one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world.
His first real introduction to most casual fans was at WEC 32, when Torres defeated then-champion Chase Beebe via submission (guillotine choke) to win the 135-pound title. However, the scrappy Mexican-American has been beating people up — sometimes grown men who outweigh him by more than 25 pounds — for years in sanctioned and unsanctioned bouts for close to a decade .
His nearly perfect professional record (46-1), which includes just about every submission and finishing result in the book, is nothing compared to his unbelievable “amateur” accomplishments.
That number might seem different to you because Sherdog’s Fight Finder has Torres listed as 33-1. Torres acknowledges that they were small time fights that were unsanctioned
“They were fights that helped build my career,” Torres told MMAMania.com. “They were the ones that got me into the sport. They weren’t weight classed, they were open rules.”
Those early fights earned him a cult-like following on the underground Midwest MMA scene, as well as the respect of his peers such as UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) star, Stephan Bonnar.
“When we were coming up, Miguel had the entire Chicago scene by the balls,” said Bonnar. “He could sell more tickets than anyone. He turned events into such a show, complete with Mariachi bands and everything.”
FIGHT-BY-FIGHT: WEC 34 FABER VS. PULVER
WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber defends his title against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver. Faber has a 20-1 record and trains out of Ultimate Fitness with Justin Buchholz. Pulver has a 22-8-1 record and trains out of Miletich Fighting Systems with Spencer Fisher.
Faber comes off a submission victory over Jeff Curran at WEC 31. Pulver also comes off a submission victory over Cub Swanson at the same show.
Many differences, one goal
The classical music blasting over the phone as I waited on hold for a World Extreme Cagefighting conference call was a real disconnect.
And the swapping of compliments from one fighter to the other was another, given that they plan to annihilate each other in a cage over the weekend.
But even given all that, Jens Pulver and reigning champion Urijah Faber made it clear that WEC 34 will be anything but a waltz. The June 1 battle for the featherweight title has consumed their lives, and rightly so. Heading into the biggest bout of both fighters' careers, neither are denying the case and both are out to prove just why.
"I don't see the fight going 25 minutes," said Pulver. "At 145, I've knocked everybody out except for one submission. I think I've been in the third round once at 145. At the end of the day, I'm looking to win this fight by knockout. I'm taking the belt home. Period."
Out of rehab, Paulo Filho could return this year
World Extreme Cagefighting middleweight champion Paulo Filho (16-0) has completed his substance-abuse recovery program, and the WEC is hoping the Brazilian will return to action later this year, according to WEC vice president Peter Dropick.
Dropick shared the developments during Wednesday's media conference call to promote Sunday night's "WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver" event.
"Last I heard out of Brazil is that Paulo is out of rehab, and he's doing well, and he's just getting back in shape to fight," Dropick said.
Urijah Faber wants to avenge loss to Tyson Griffin
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion Urijah Faber knows he has bigger things to worry about -- such as Sunday's WEC 34 main event fight with Jens Pulver -- but the 29-year-old fighter says he eventually wants to avenge his only career loss.
Faber won his first eight professional fights before suffering a third-round TKO loss to current UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin at a September 2005 Gladiator Challenge event.
During a special podcast session coordinated by VERSUS, Faber said that he wants a second chance at beating Griffin, and he's willing to move up a weight class to get it.
Marshall Signs With PFC
Former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Doug Marshall, coming off losing his title to Brian Stann, has signed a 1-fight deal with Palace Fighting Championships. He'll fight July 18 for PFC after being granted permission by WEC to sign the deal (he remains under contract to WEC).
Toe-to-toe with ‘Lil’ Evil’
Pulver dropped down to 145 pounds, his natural weight where he feels more comfortable, for his WEC debut and submitted highly-touted Cub Swanson with a guillotine choke.
That victory earned him a title shot against Faber, who is one of the fastest rising stars in mixed martial arts.
Pulver and Faber discuss fight strategy
WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (20-1) says Jens Pulver's (22-8-1) only chance at victory at Sunday's WEC 34 event is via knockout; Pulver doesn't disagree.
The two fighters discussed their upcoming bout and fight strategies in a video clip released by VERSUS.
The cable station airs the title fight and the rest of WEC 34's televised main card on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
Crunkilton Out Of WEC 34
The injury bug strikes WEC again. Rich Crunkilton is now off next weekend's WEC 34 card due to injury. Danny Castillo, who has a 4-0 career record, will be the replacement for the fight against Donald Cerrone.
Brian Stann on Howard Stern show
Brian Stann was on Howard Stern today. this is a summary from one of the biggest Stern fan sites out there.
Howard said that they had one of the fighters, Brian Stann, from the World Extreme Cage Fighting in to promote some upcoming fights. Howard spent a minute talking to that guy about his time served in Iraq as a Marine and things like that. Howard asked him about the mixed martial arts stuff that he does. He asked Brian what he thinks of the war over there. Brian said that he thinks that they should finish the war now that they're already over there.
Howard asked Brian if he thinks they should have gone over there to begin with. Brian gave his thoughts on all of that. Gary said that Danielle hadn't taken her eyes off of him the whole time. Brian spent a few minutes talking to Brian about the war, the Marines and the cage fighting stuff.
Brian claimed that he fought 15 gang members at the same time once. Howard that a bunch of the women in the room probably just orgasmed hearing that. Howard told Brian that he's a ''real man'' unlike Brian in the studio.
Howard asked Brian about the kind of guns he was using over there in Iraq. He also figured that he wasn't afraid of black people or anyone like that. He asked Brian about his next fight which is coming up in August on the Versus network.
Brian's wife is a former cheerleader. Brian said that he had to be persistent with his wife to pick her up. She said no to him at first when he tried to ask her out.
Howard said that he felt sorry for Brian if he didn't get to kill anyone over in Iraq. Brian gestured that he had killed some people so Howard was wrong about that.
Artie talked about how he feels kind of like a pussy for going over to Iraq to just do the comedy show over there. Brian told Artie that he should be fine over there when he goes. Howard asked Brian where you jerk off when you're over there. Brian said that you have to find a port-a-John or something to do it in. Brian said that when he was out there he was living in abandoned houses and stuff and it was pretty dirty.
Howard read some notes about Brian and how they were ambushed when they were going over a bridge. Brian told a story about a suicide bomber attacking his group and how he thought that he had lost all of the guys. they ended up having some wounded but no one died so they really lucked out with that.
Howard had Brian present the check to the winner of the contest. Brian told Tiffany that he hopes that she can put the money to good use and presented the 5 grand to her. Tiffany said she's going to use that money for a driving school.
WEC champ Brian Stann makes first title defense Aug. 3
Recently crowned WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann (6-0) says he'll make his first title defense on Aug. 3 in a rematch with Steve Cantwell (5-1).
Stann announced the championship bout while a guest on today's edition of The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Pulver: June 1 Is "Biggest Fight Of My Career"
On Thursday's edition of the TAGG Radio program, Jens Pulver, facing WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber on June 1 in perhaps the promotion's biggest fight ever, says it's no doubt "the biggest fight of my career". He also expects over 10,000 fans to be solidly against him and behind Faber.
Tommy Speer Returns...Sort Of
After being released from his UFC contract following 2 straight losses, Zuffa has now re-signed TUF 6 runner-up Tommy Speer and will send him to WEC. Speer says the current plan is for his WEC debut to be in August.
Urijah Faber training hard for Jens Pulver WEC fight on June 1
“He’s super dedicated to what he does whether it be training for fighting, or supporting his guys in their fights. He’s respectful to his opponents, and doesn’t underestimate them. His training is excessive; a regimen that many would be and are hard pressed to keep up with. Some would call it overtraining, but to him it’s his every day thing, whether he has a fight coming up or not. The training level he kept up with this trip I took to see him was no more than when I went last august to sac and he didn’t have an impending fight. He’s got a funny sense of humor and a great rapport with the guys he trains.”
MMA photographer Tracy Lee recently tailed WEC Featherweight Champion Urjiah Faber during a few days of training as he prepares for his showdown with former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on June 1. “The California Kid” appears to be in top form and will be more than ready for Lil Evil on fight night.
WEC’s Varner Plans to Show MMA World He’s No One-Hit Wonder
Jamie Varner hears his critics, those who believe the World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion’s unexpected victory over “Razor” Rob McCullough was more dumb luck than stroke of genius. Their doubts only stoke his competitive fires.
Nearly three months have passed since the dynamite in Varner’s hands left McCullough a battered and beaten man against the cage at WEC 32, but little has changed for the confident 23-year-old Arizonan. The same hunger that drove him past McCullough on that February night in Albuquerque, N.M., drives him still.