WEC's Miguel Torres Plans Fall Return, Camp With GSP Trainer Firas Zahabi
Miguel Torres knows his climb back to a title shot is an uphill battle, especially after back-to-back losses for the first time in his career.
But the former WEC bantamweight champion on Friday told MMA Fighting he hopes to be back in the cage by this fall – and when the time comes, he'll be making a big leap in his training camp.
"I want to fight in August, but there's no guarantee," Torres said after speaking to a crowd of about 100 fans in his hometown of East Chicago, Ind., during Miguel Torres Day festivities in the city. "(WEC matchmaker) Sean Shelby's going to let me know in a couple weeks if it will be August or September. But I've been training since the Montreal UFC and whenever I get the word, I'm going to go up to Firas (Zahabi's) camp in Montreal for two months."
Anthony Leone Signs With WEC, Replaces Godfrey At WEC 49
Anthony Leone has signed a 4-fight deal with WEC and won't have to wait long for his first fight. He's been tapped as a replacement on the card for the injured Clint Godfrey and will face Renan Berao in his WEC debut. Although the paperwork for the fight hasn't been completed, verbal agreements are in place.
Clint Godfrey Off WEC 49, Replacement Search On
With a little more than two weeks until the WEC makes its Canadian debut with the Versus-broadcast WEC 49 event, the fight promotion is going to have to secure a fighter on short notice. Clint Godfrey, who was to have faced Renan Barao, is now off due to an undisclosed injury. No timetable set for his return and no word on a possible replacement but if UFC 113 was any indication, a Canadian fighter could be getting a lucky break and a short-notice chance at a WEC fight.
Dana White Confirms Jens Pulver's Release From WEC
Ending speculation, Dana White confirmed Saturday to MMA Fighting that Jens Pulver has been released by Zuffa.
A report first surfaced nearly two weeks ago that the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight, a former UFC champion and longtime fan favorite, had been let go. However, Pulver's agent, Monte Cox, told Versus.com that he hoped his client would remain with the company in a broadcasting capacity.
But White, Zuffa's president, said following the UFC 114 press conference on Saturday that will not be the case.
"He has been released," White said. "We had talked about Jens being a part of the WEC somehow, but he's not broadcasting."
If Ya' Can't Beat 'Em...Urijah Faber to Drop to Bantamweight
In an interview with ProMMARadio this weekend, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber confirmed that he will be dropping down to bantamweight to test the 135-pound waters.
“From the sound of things, they want me to go down to 35. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time -- go down and have some fights down there. So, I'll probably have a couple of fights down there and maybe go back up to 45; we're not real sure yet."
Although he is a short, but stocky featherweight, Faber says that the drop won't be a tough one.
“I'm a small 45-pounder. I mean, all through college I was 133 pounds. It isn't like it's been a hard cut for 145. I’m probably a natural 135-pounder, so it won’t be difficult for me.”
Bruce Buffer To Handle WEC 49 Announcer Duties
Veteran UFC announcer Bruce Buffer has been tapped for a return trip to a World Extreme Cagefighting broadcast. Buffer has agreed to handle announcing duties at June's "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus" event. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Buffer's contract with the WEC does not appear to be long-term in nature at this time and instead applies only to the June event. Buffer's services were required following the recent departure of former WEC announcer Joe Martinez. Martinez originally said he resigned for family reasons but then revealed his contract with WEC had not been renewed and that he also had a contract to work boxing events for Golden Boy Promotions.
Will Campuzano Now Meets Eddie Wineland At WEC 49
WEC is in the process of making more changes to WEC 49, the most notable is that Will Campuzano has been pulled from his scheduled fight with Rafael Rebello and will now face Eddie Wineland. Wineland had been waiting on a replacement for original opponent Charlie Valencia, who is off due to injury. A replacement opponent for Rebello is expected shortly.
WEC signs DVD distribution deal; "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" set for July 20 release
While DVD sales have long been a profitable venture for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the promotion's sister organization has been noticeably absent from the market.
Today, that changed.
World Extreme Cagefighting has partnered with Image Entertainment, Inc., for a "long-term" DVD distribution agreement.
According to an official release issued by the companies today, the agreement calls only for the release of "select" WEC events, the first of which will be April's wildly successful "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event, which is set for a July 20 release.
Charlie Valencia Off WEC 49
The early 2010 injury curse continues it's recent resurgence today, now it's claimed Charlie Valencia. He's off WEC 49 due to an undisclosed injury, but sources close to Valencia say it's a shoulder injury. He was to have faced Eddie Wineland. No replacement named yet.
Dana White says WEC's PPV numbers qualify it as second-best MMA organization
MONTREAL – UFC president Dana White can often be just as telling in what he doesn't say as he is as blunt with what he does.
Such is the case when the UFC and WEC head is asked about the final numbers for the WEC's first pay-per-view event, "Aldo vs. Faber."
As a privately held company, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of both the UFC and WEC, isn't required to divulge its financial information, but the bright smile of White leads you to believe the numbers must have been positive.
Darabedyan vs. Kerr, Assuncao vs. Nunes official for "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus"
The WEC today announced a pair of preliminary card contests for its upcoming WEC 49 event, as Karen Darabedyan meets Will Kerr, while Rafael Assuncao faces Diego Nunes.
Both bouts were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com.
Featuring a lightweight matchup between former champion Jamei Varner and fast-rising prospect Kamal Shalorus, "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus" takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is the promotion's first trip to the country. The main card airs live on Versus.
Featherweights Erik Koch and Bendy Casimir meet on WEC 49 prelims in June
Two up-and-coming featherweights will collide at WEC 49 when Erik Koch takes on Bendy Casimir.
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com that verbal agreements are in place and that the fight is in the process of being finalized.
The fight will be part of the un-aired preliminary card of WEC 49, which takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The show marks the WEC's Canadian debut.
Manny Gamburyan more than ready to face WEC featherweight champ Jose Aldo
Nothing would deter Manny Gamburyan.
The WEC featherweight told UFC/WEC matchmaker Joe Silva that WEC 48 opponent Mike Brown would have to put him asleep or break a limb to stop the fight. Short of that, there would be no letup, he said.
Gamburyan never came close to that type of danger and stopped Brown cold this past Saturday with a short, powerful right hand that likely set a featherweight title shot in motion.
Bantamweights Will Campuzano vs. Rafael Rebello in the works for WEC 49 prelims
A bantamweight bout between Will Campuzano and Rafael Rebello is in the works and expected to be sign shortly for WEC 49.
A source close to the event today confirmed the bout with MMAjunkie.com and said – if signed – it'll be part of the night's un-aired preliminary card.
WEC 49 takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event marks the WEC's Canadian debut, and the night's main card airs live on Versus.
Rafael Assuncao vs. Diego Nunes in the works for WEC 49 preliminary card
A featherweight match-up between Rafael Assuncao and Diego Nunes has been targeted for WEC 49's preliminary card.
Sources close to the event tell MMAjunkie.com that both competitors have agreed to the fight, though bout agreements have not been distributed. The match-up was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
WEC 49 takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is the promotion's first trip to the country. The event falls one week after UFC 115 hits GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Faber: The Plan Is To Stay At 145 And Only Drop To 135 For Superfights
Following his valiant effort in a one-sided loss to Jose Aldo at WEC 48: "Aldo vs. Faber," many people in the MMA community have been calling for "The California Kid" to drop down to 135 lbs. and make a run at the title that Dominick Cruz currently owns. But in speaking with Larry Pepe on this week's edition of Pro MMA Radio, Faber made it clear that he still has intentions of staying at 145 lbs. while only dropping down a weight class for super fights. Urijah also seemed to be pretty uninterested in a fight with former bantamweight kingpin Miguel Torres, which is a bout that still has some intrigue despite both fighters' recent struggles.
Garcia Only Sidelined 5 Weeks With Broken Hand
It didn't take long for the comparisons to start.
Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung will be for the WEC what Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar was for the UFC, and it's not a bad comparison at all. The two featherweights went toe-to-toe for 15 minutes in a battle for the ages.
And when it was all said and done, Garcia and Jung took a ride to the hospital, joking and laughing along the way. “The Korean Zombie" even nicknamed his tough as nails opponent "The Mexican Zombie" for good measure.
Through 15 minutes of crazy action, punches, knees, kicks, and takedowns, when it was all over, Garcia still had a smile on his face, and through it all the worst thing he came away with was a broken hand that will keep him from sparring for five weeks.
CSAC: "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" draws 12,555 for gate of $792,640
While WEC 48's official attendance and gate revenue figures fell short of the promotion's initial estimates, the event was still an unqualified success.
The California State Athletic Commission today released a final report on the event and said 12,555 paid attendees packed the ARCO Arena this past Saturday to watch current featherweight champ Jose Aldo take on hometown favorite and former champ Urijah Faber.
The event produced a total of $792,640 in gate receipts, an average cost of $63.13 per ticket issued.
WEC 48 Medical Suspensions
The CSAC has announced the medical suspensions from WEC 48 today. A total of 11 fighters were suspended with a whopping 8 of them getting 6 months for various potential injuries.