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WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown Live Results

We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with complete results from tonight’s WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown event, which will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The show’s televised main card will air on Versus starting at 8 PM ET.

WEC 36 is headlined by Urijah Faber once again defending his featherweight title against gritty top contender Mike Thomas Brown. In addition, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho will meet Chael Sonnen in a non-title rematch of their December 2007 fight and former UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver will look to get back on track against rising featherweight Leonard Garcia.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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Sonnen Could Still Earn Belt From Filho


Chael Sonnen vs. Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Even though his scheduled WEC middleweight title bout for tomorrow night as been changed to a non-title affair courtesy of Paulo Filho’s inability to make 185 lbs, Team Quest product Chael Sonnen could still end up getting his championship belt if he defeats Filho:

Perhaps more interesting is that Filho’s cornerman indicated to Lindland that they would give up the title belt if Sonnen wins. “His cornermen told us that they would walk across the cage and hand Chael the belt if he wins. When Chael whoops his ass, I expect them to live up to their word.

It remains unknown if the WEC would recognize the above as an official title change and Filho relinquishing the belt. Still, even if the bout was still for Filho’s middleweight title, Sonnen winning it wouldn’t have much bearing as the WEC is still set to dissolve it’s 185 lb. division by the end of the year.

Filho Misses Weight; Sonnen Fight Now Non-Title Affair


Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

WEC middleweight title holder Paulo Filho came in an astounding seven pounds over the 185 lb. limit at the weigh-ins for WEC 36 on Tuesday afternoon, putting his championship rematch against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen in jeopardy.

After the two-hour allotted time limit, Filho was only able to cut down to 188 lbs, making his showdown against Sonnen a non-title affair. Sonnen will be awarded 25% of Filho’s purse.

In addition, featherweight title challenger Mike Brown came in a half pound over the featherweight limit and jiu-jitsu wizard Rani Yahya weighed-in one pound over the bantamweight requirements for his fight against Yoshiro Maeda. Brown was quickly able to shed the extra baggage while Maeda has agreed to face Yahya without forcing him to cut weight again.

Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.

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WEC Announces Full Card for Sept. 10 Show


Jens Pulver. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

World Extreme Cagefighting today officially announced the complete lineup of fights that will take place at the organization’s scheduled September 10th event in Hollywood, Florida.

The most notable bout made official today involves former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver looking to solidify himself as a contender once again in the WEC’s featherweight division as he will take on fellow heavy-hitter Leonard Garcia. The bout will be part of the event’s televised main card on Versus.

Pulver is coming off of a failed attempt to dethrone reigning 145 lb champion Urijah Faber while Garcia will be fighting for the first time since being charged and eventually cleared of involvement in a New Mexico drug ring.

Additional matchups announced for the card this afternoon included Rani Yahya vs. Yoshiro Maeda, Rob McCullough vs. Donald Cerrone, Jake Rosholt vs. Danillo Villefort, Johny Hendricks vs. Alex Serdyukov, Tim McKenzie vs. David Avellan, and Ed Ratcliff vs. Danny Castillo.

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Report: Filho-Sonnen II Booked for September


Paulo Filho submits Chael Sonnen with an armbar at WEC 31: Faber vs Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The long-awaited rematch between reigning WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho and the division’s top challenger, Team Quest product and former standout college wrestler Chael Sonnen, will reportedly take place at a yet-to-be-announced World Extreme Cagefighting event in September.

The news comes from a report by Sherdog.com.

The two were slated to rematch at a WEC event in March but the fight was postponed after Filho had opted to withdraw from the fight after checking himself into a local rehabilitation center in order to receive help for an alleged substance abuse problem. Sonnen went on to defeated Bryan Baker at the event via unanimous decision.

Filho has not fought since submitting Sonnen in controversial fashion last December. With Sonnen trapped in an armbar and his face grimacing in pain, referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in and stopped the bout, claiming that Sonnen had verbally submitted. Sonnen has since kept his stance that he did not tell Rosenthal to stop the bout.

According to Sonnen, Filho seems to be taking the fight personally, using Sonnen’s past remarks about his opponent’s character as motivation towards delivering a legitimate ending to the long-standing rivalry between the two.

“I wasn’t trying to be a heel with Paulo before the first fight, he’s just a dirtbag in real life,” Sonnen said in the report. “The only reason I fought him is because no one else would. There is this idea of being respectful to other fighters. That’s the new word. But this isn’t Britney Spears insulting Christina Aguilera from halfway across the country through the media. I’m going to get in a cage and fight about it, so if he thinks I’m using fighting words, it’s because I’m planning to fight him.”

Filho Released from Rehab


Paulo Filho weighs-in for WEC 29: Condit vs Larson. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho has been released from a Brazilian rehabilitation center by doctors after receiving help for reported depression symptoms and an alleged substance abuse problem.

The news comes from Sherdog.com‘s Gleidson Venga, who confirmed Filho’s status with his manager, Jorge Guimaraes.

Filho, who has returned to his home in Niteroi, Brazil, will apparently start training again on Monday.

“The doctor has released Paulo from the rehabilitation center and Monday he returns to train,” Guimaraes said. “Paulo is already running and making a set diet. He is leading a normal life and is well motivated. About his return, the WEC will decide the ideal date, but he will be ready when they call.”

Filho checked himself into a local rehabilitation center earlier this month, forcing his scheduled title defense rematch against Chael Sonnen to be postponed until the summer.

Sonnen won a unanimous decision over Bryan Baker Wednesday and remains the number-one contender for Filho’s title.

WEC 33 Recap and Thoughts


Brian Stann throws a left hand at Doug Marshall. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

So I figured I’d put down some of my thoughts/opinions regarding last night’s televised WEC 33 card on the Versus network.

First off, the WEC may just be my favorite promotion.  Because they feature the lighter weight classes, there always seems to be action.  While many of the guys are raw, they always seem to bring it.

Last night the WEC began using Craig Hummer for the post fight interviews.  I like Frank Mir as the color analyst a lot.  His knowledge really comes through in the call of the fight.  Sometimes he makes the claim that a submission is “locked in” and that “its over” a bit prematurely, but I can live with that.  The only weakness was his post fight interviews.  By using a professional like Craig Hummer, it came across much better. 

On to the broadcasted fights.

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WEC Makes Sonnen-Baker Official


Bryan Baker weighs-in for WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Middleweight prospect Bryan “The Beast” Baker will now go up against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen at World Extreme Cagefighting’s next event on March 26th.

The organization announced the matchup on their website yesterday.

MMA on Tap reported last week through a source close to both fighters that Baker was offered the fight against Sonnen even though he was already slated to take on Logan Clark at the event. Baker was originally scheduled to face Nissen Osterneck until he was forced to pull out due to injury.

WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho had opted to withdraw from his scheduled title defense rematch against Sonnen at the show after checking himself into a local rehabilitation center in order to receive help for an alleged substance abuse problem.

A light heavyweight title bout between Doug Marshall and Brian Stann will now serve as the card’s main event.

Sonnen has not fought since being submitted by Filho in controversial fashion this past December. With Sonnen trapped in an armbar and his face grimacing in pain, referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in and stopped the bout, claiming that Sonnen had verbally submitted. Sonnen has since kept his stance that he did not tell Rosenthal to stop the bout.

A native of West Covina, California, Baker remains undefeated thus far in his professional career. He has won both of his bouts inside the confines of the WEC, defeating Eric Schambari and former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jesse Forbes in consecutive bouts.

Exclusive: Baker Offered Sonnen at WEC 33


Bryan Baker weighs-in for WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

World Extreme Cagefighting has offered middleweight prospect Bryan “The Beast” Baker a fight against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen at the organization’s next event on March 26th.

MMA on Tap was able to confirm the news with a source close to both fighters late last night. No word yet as to whether or not either fighter has accepted the bout.

The proposed fight comes less than 24 hours after the organization announced that WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho had opted to withdraw from his scheduled title defense rematch against Sonnen after checking himself into a local rehabilitation center in order to receive help for an alleged substance abuse problem.

A light heavyweight title bout between Doug Marshall and Brian Stann will now serve as the show’s main event.

Sonnen has not fought since being submitted by Filho in controversial fashion this past December. With Sonnen trapped in an armbar and his face grimacing in pain,  referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in and stopped the bout, claiming that Sonnen had verbally submitted. Sonnen has since kept his stance that he did not tell Rosenthal to stop the bout.

A native of West Covina, California, Baker remains undefeated thus far in his professional career. He has won both of his bouts inside the confines of the WEC, defeating Eric Schambari and former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jesse Forbes in consecutive bouts.

Baker was originally slated to face Nissen Osterneck at the event until Osterneck was forced to pull out due to injury. The WEC currently has Baker listed as being matched up against Logan Clark on their official website.

Filho-Sonnen Postponed


Paulo Filho submits Chael Sonnen with an armbar at WEC 31: Faber vs Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

After rumors circulated regarding personal issues probably involving a bout with depression, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho has indeed opted to withdraw from his scheduled title defense rematch against Chael Sonnen later this month.

World Extreme Cagefighting officially announced his decision late tonight via their official website, also revealing that Filho has checked himself into a local rehabilitation center in order to receive help for an alleged substance abuse problem.

“This is horrible news, but we’re proud of him for stepping up and recognizing his problem,” said Filho’s manager, Ed Soares in a press release sent out to the media. “At times like this you realize who your true friends are and who really supports you, and the people around him now are supporting him and are gonna be with him when he comes back.”

Various reports had Filho wanting to move the fight to the summer, likely as part of a co-main event involving a much-anticipated fight between featherweight title holder Urijah Faber and the ever-popular Jens Pulver in June.

The former PRIDE standout also publicly stated that he felt he was pressured into fighting Sonnen this month by WEC officials.

A light heavyweight title bout between Doug Marshall and Brian Stann will serve as the show’s main event. The postponement serves as a huge blow to an event that lacks any real star power with the exception of the lone title fight and a welterweight showdown between John Alessio and Brock Larson.

The announcement of an additional fight to fill out the card is expected some time next week.

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