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Condit, Varner Retain; Stann Falls at WEC 35


Carlos Condit. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Carlos Condit and Jamie Varner retained their respective World Extreme Cagefighting titles Sunday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas while former U.S. Marine Brian Stann was defeated in a light heavyweight championship rematch against hometown favorite Steve Cantwell.

Coming into the show’s main event, Condit was expected to encounter his toughest test to date against Hiromitsu Miura, who has become known as a formidable opponent in past fights courtesy of his slick judo throws and heavy hands. Miura provided quite the test for Condit, who was put into dangerous predicaments throughout the course of the fight.

After preventing Miura’s inital judo throw attempt in the first round, Condit found himself being slammed onto the canvas just moments later, only to return the favor to Miura later on in a sign of things to come. Flurries of punches and submission exchanges between the two were prominent throughout the first fifteen minutes of the bout, which saw Condit ahead on the judge’s scorecards going into the championship rounds.

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WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura Live Results

We will be going live at 6:30 PM ET tonight with live results of WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura, which will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show’s man card will be televised on Versus starting at 9:00 PM ET.

The event will feature a total of three championship bouts: WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will make another defense of his belt against tough Japanese veteran Hiromitsu Miura; lightweight title holder Jamie Varner will make his first defense against top contender Marcus Hicks; and former U.S. Marine Brian Stann will put his light heavyweight strap on the line in a rematch against Steve Cantwell.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura Weigh-In Results


Carlos Condit. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura event, which will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, are below. The show’s man card will be televised on Versus starting at 9:00 PM ET. All fighters successfully made weight. The only hitch saw Marcus Hicks need a second attempt to make the 155 lb. limit.

The event will feature a total of three championship bouts: WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will make another defense of his belt against tough Japanese veteran Hiromitsu Miura; lightweight title holder Jamie Varner will make his first defense against top contender Marcus Hicks; and former U.S. Marine Brian Stann will put his light heavyweight strap on the line in a rematch against Steve Cantwell.

Main Card:

Carlos Condit (169.5 lbs) vs. Hiromitsu Miura (169 lbs)
Brian Stann (201.5 lbs) vs. Steve Cantwell (205 lbs)
Jamie Varner (155 lbs) vs. Marcus Hicks (155 lbs)
Damacio Page (135 lbs) vs. Brian Bowles (136 lbs)
Micah Miller (145 lbs) vs. Josh Grispi (145 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Brock Larson (171 lbs) vs. Carlo Prater (170 lbs)
Dave Terrel (170 lbs) vs. Blas Avena (170 lbs)
Todd Moore (154 lbs) vs. Shane Roller (155 lbs)
Kenji Osawa (136.5 lbs) vs. Scott Jorgenson (135.5 lbs)
Mike Budnik (154 lbs) vs. Greg McIntyre (155 lbs)

Video Hype: Looking at the WEC Main Card

In the following set of videos courtesy of ESPN, seven of the fighters that will be featured on the main card of World Extreme Cagefighting’s next event on Sunday night discuss their upcoming bouts. In the video above, Carlos Condit talks about his title defense against crafty Japanese veteran Hiromitsu Miura. After the jump, Brian Stann, Steve Cantwell, Jamie Varner, Marcus Hicks, Brian Bowles, and Damacio Page all touch on their fights as well, which will all be televised live on Versus starting at 9 PM ET.

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ICON Returns Saturday With “Hard Times”


Kala Kolohe Hose. Photo courtesy of ProElite.com

ICON Sport will put on their second event of this year in the form of “Hard Times”, which will take place this Saturday night at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. The event will not be streamed online but videos of the fights are expected to be put on ProElite.com following the show’s conclusion.

Kala Kolohe Hose, who defeated Phil Baroni to claim the vacant ICON Sport middleweight title back in March, will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Robert McDaniel at EliteXC’s “Return of the King” event in June against newcomer Rolando Dominique.

A streaking Bao Quach, who has won his last eight fights, will take on former ICON Sport bantamweight champion Mark Oshiro for the promotion’s newly created 140 lb. title in the night’s co-main event. Oshiro, who is also riding a seven-fight winning streak of his own, recently submitted Chris Willems at EliteXC’s Hawaiian event.

Fresh off a victorious debut at welterweight, Phil Baroni will look for his first win inside the confines of ICON Sport when he faces fellow veteran Ron Verdadero in a featured bout on the main card. Baroni scored a highlight reel knockout of Scott Jansen at Cage Rage 27 last month. Verdadero has dropped his last two bouts.

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Report: McCullough-Cerrone Possible for Fall


Rob McCullough. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Former WEC lightweight champion “Razor” Rob McCullough will likely continue his journey to regain his title later this year, possibly taking on undefeated prospect Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a bout with potential title shot implications.

The news comes from MMA Mania, which reports that the fight is currently “in the works” and could either take place at planned WEC events in August or September.

McCullough bounced back from a brutal TKO loss that cost him his welterweight title at the hands of current champion Jamie Varner in February by avenging a prior loss to Kenneth Alexander via split decision earlier this month in Sacramento. The bout will likely mark the fifth consecutive time that McCullough has been in a Zuffa-televised bout.

Cerrone, who has yet to lose thus far in his professional career, was also victorious at the WEC’s latest effort earlier this month, submitting Danny Castillo with an armbar during a preliminary bout. The fight was his first since being suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for a banned diuretic last year.

Officially announced by the WEC today was a bantamweight showdown between rising contender Brian Bowles and Jackson’s Submission Fighting product Damacio Page. That fight will take place at the promotion’s next event on August 3rd in Las Vegas.

WEC Announces Beebe-Riberio for June


Chase Beebe throws a right hand at Miguel Torres. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe will attempt to get back to his winning ways when he takes on newcomer Will Ribeiro at World Extreme Cagefighting’s next scheduled event on June 1st in Sacramento, California.

The promotion announced the fight earlier today via their official website.

Beebe won a five-round unanimous decision over Eddie Wineland in March of last year to earn the WEC bantamweight title. The standout wrestler would go on to defend the belt against highly touted grappler Rani Yahya before losing his title to Miguel Torres in February.

Ribeiro, a Shooto veteran who has fought strictly in the country of Brazil, is currently riding a three-fight winning streak. He last scored a first-round knockout of Andre Lobo at a Shooto Americas event in January.

The show will feature the organization’s self-proclaimed “most important bout of all-time” as WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber will clash in a highly-anticipated fight against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver in the main event.

Evening News and Notes: April 15, 2008


Yoshiro Maeda. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Less than 24 hours after it was announced that Manny Tapia would be forced out of his scheduled WEC featherweight title bout against Miguel Torres due to a knee injury, Pancrase veteran Yoshiro Maeda has confirmed to Sherdog.com that he will indeed come in as an injury replacement and take on Torres in his first title defense.

Maeda, the current featherweight King of Pancrase, knocked out Charlie Valencia with a body kick in February and has not lost since being submitted by former WEC title contender Joe Pearson at a PRIDE event in November 2006.

HCF Postpones May 10th Event

From a press release sent out today:

Due to the fact that the due diligence process has been extended on our impending re-structuring, we are officially postponing our May 10 fight card. We hope our exclusive fighters will understand. We are confident this new corporate structure will be in every athlete’s best interest.

The event was slated to be Hardcore Championship Fighting’s biggest yet.  A light heavyweight bout between Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Mauricio Alonso has been signed. Assuerio Silva, David Loiseau, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira were also rumored as possible participants at the event.

CBS Announced Next CBS Event Date

Adam Swift of MMA Payout points out that CBS has announced July 26th as the date for the second Elite Xtreme Combat televised show on the network. No additional information was revealed concerning the event however. A list of possible fighters or a potential venue for the show are still unknown at this time. The event will be the second on a current four-show contract over the next twelve months with CBS.

Kang Talks Discussions With UFC

From our friends at MMA Junkie:

“Yes, we were negotiating with the UFC,” Kang said. “I would have loved to fight in the UFC. I would love to fight in North America and not have to travel 12 hours for a change. At the end of the day, it came down to where I want to be represented at the moment and who was offering the best contract.”

The best contract, it seems, was one that would allow the half-Korean fighter to compete in South Korea’s SpiritMC organization on an annual basis. Kang has fought 10 times in the organization since 2004, winning all 10 fights, and is still the SpiritMC heavyweight champion.

“SpiritMC was only asking that I fight for them once a year,” Kang said. “That’s one of the things that I really, really wanted to do—to keep my SpiritMC title and keep my fan base in Korea, which is really important to me.”

Injury Forces Tapia Out of WEC Title Bout (Updated)


Manny Tapia weighs-in for WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Update 4/15 10:00 AM: Sherdog.com reports that Tapia may have suffered a meniscal tear and is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery in the coming days. Tapia could likely be replaced by Pancrase veteran Yoshiro Maeda, who was agreed to come in as an injury replacement according to MMA Mania.

A knee injury suffered by undefeated bantamweight contender Manny Tapia has forced him to pull out of his scheduled title bout against current WEC champion Miguel Torres.

World Extreme Cagefighting announced the news on their official website earlier this evening.

The two were scheduled to clash at the organization’s next event in June. Tapia suffered the injury during a recent training session. There is currently no timetable for his return. A replacement opponent for Torres is expected to be announced shortly.

Tapia recently won a razor-close, split decision over Antonio Banuelos at a WEC show in February. The longtime King of the Cage veteran is currently riding a nine-fight winning streak and has yet to lose in his professional career.

Torres submitted then-champion Chase Beebe with a guillotine choke at the same event in February to claim the bantamweight belt. Like Tapia, Torres is also currently enjoying quite the winning streak - He has not lost since losing a unanimous decision to Ryan Ackerman in 2003, a span of 14 fights.

WEC Announces Faber-Pulver for June


Urijah Faber weighs-in for WEC 28: Faber vs Farrar. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

World Extreme Cagefighting officially announced their self-proclaimed “most important featherweight bout of all-time” earlier today as WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber will clash in a highly-anticipated fight against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver on June 1st in Sacramento, California.

In addition to Faber-Pulver, newly crowned WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres will make his first title defense against undefeated top contender Manny Tapia in the co-main event. Former NCAA Division I wrestling champion Mark Munoz will also make his WEC debut at the event.

Faber remains undefeated inside the confines of the WEC, successfully defending his featherweight belt four consecutive times so far, including a submission win over top-ranked Jeff Curran in December.

However Pulver may provide Faber his toughest test to date, at least in terms of style. The Miletich Fighting Systems product joined the ranks of the WEC coming over from the Ultim ate Fighting Championship this past fall. Pulver made a splash quickly, needing just 35 seconds to submit Cub Swanson at WEC 31.

Despite rumors that the event would be the first WEC show to be broadcast on pay-per-view since Zuffa purchased the organization, it will indeed be shown on Versus.

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