Faber Defends Title in First Versus-Televised WEC Event

Urijah Faber knew how good of a wrestler Chance Farrar was coming into the main event of the WEC’s first televised show since Zuffa purchased the company late last year. Farrar’s credentials were just as impressive as Faber’s, if not better in some regards. The last time that Faber faced off against a talented wrestler like himself, he suffered the only loss of his professional MMA career to date, a TKO defeat at the hands of UFC lightweight prospect Tyson Griffin.

Putting two wrestlers of such a high caliber together usually results in an entertaining battle on the ground. Well, that’s just what happened Sunday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Faber (19-1) and Farrar (5-1) put on a showcase of quick scrambles and slick reversals until Faber was able to climb onto Farrar’s back and sink in a rear naked choke. Farrar tried to fight the submission but ultimately was forced to tap out at 3:19 of the first round.

The win was Faber’s 11th in as many fights and his third straight defense of the WEC Featherweight Title. Farrar suffered his first career loss in only his second fight outside of the Total Combat organization.

“I knew that Chance was a really good wrestler coming into this bout so I was definitely prepared for a fight on the ground” said Faber during a post-fight interview.

With the WEC still establishing it’s featherweight division, they are most likely slated to have to continue to bring in outside fighters to challenge Faber for his belt for at least the near future. While a reference to Kid Yamamoto wasn’t made by Faber this time around, he still made sure to let all of the fighters in the 145 lb division know that he is ready for all of them.

“Anyone out there that wants to challenge me for this belt will know where to find me,” Faber said. “I’m ready for anyone who wants to come into this cage and face me.”

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WEC 28 Live Blog

Tonight we will be covering WEC 28: Faber vs. Farrar with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…

WEC 28: Faber vs. Farrar

Urijah Faber vs. Chance Farrar
Rani Yahya vs. Mark Hominick
Alex Karalexis vs. Josh Smith
Craig Zellner vs. Brian Stann
Brock Larson vs. Kevin Knabjian
Alex Serdyukov vs. John Alessio
Cub Swanson vs. Micah Miller
Brian Bowles vs. Charlie Valencia
Mike French vs. Jeff Bedard

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WEC 28: WrekCage Weigh-In Results

Here are the official weigh-in results for WEC 28: WrekCage.

WEC 28: WrekCage

Urijah Faber (144) vs. Chance Farrar (144)
Rani Yahya (145) vs. Mark Hominick (144)
Alex Karalexis (155) vs. Josh Smith (155)
Craig Zellner (203) vs. Brian Stann (201)
Brock Larson (170) vs. Kevin Knabjian (170)
Alex Serdyukov (170) vs. John Alessio (171)
Cub Swanson (145) vs. Micah Miller (146)
Brian Bowles (136) vs. Charlie Valencia (135)
Mike French (134) vs. Jeff Bedard (136)

The show will air on VERSUS at 9 PM EST, with a one-hour preview show immediately beforehand at 8 PM EST. For those of you in Canada, the event can be caught live on TSN.

CKA: May 29, 2007

News and Notes

- Our rumors page has been updated…

- Check back with us later today for a preview of what’s coming up in the world of MMA during the month of June.

- No word yet on whether or not the WEC has found a replacement opponent for Brock Larson for the promotion’s first ever televised event on Versus. Larson was originally supposed to challenge Carlos Condit for the WEC Welterweight Title but Condit was forced to bow out of the bout after sustaining an injury during training.

- The Fight Network is reporting that David Loiseau is currently sidelined with a broken thumb and will be out of action for 2-3 weeks:

David Loiseau (15-7) is currently sidelined with a broken thumb that required surgery two weeks ago. “The Crow” suffered the injury during his win over Freddie Espiricueta on May 11th at the Arena Fighting Championship’s “Art of War II” show in Austin, Texas.

The Canadian middleweight defeated Espiricueta with an arm-triangle submission in the second round, after damaging his right hand earlier in the fight.

“I have to wait two to three more weeks [before removing the cast] and then I’ll start training again,” said the 27 year old.

Nonetheless, the Montreal native has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Steele Cage Promotions IFO event in Las Vegas on July 7. Loiseau was slated to face Chilo Gonzalez (9-7) in the upstart MMA organization launched by former boxing referee Richard Steele.

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WEC 27 Fighter Salaries

MMAWeekly.com has posted the pay outs from WEC 27 which occurred last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

- Doug Marshall: $8,000
- Justin McElfresh: $3,000
- Jason “Mayhem” Miller: $30,000
- Manny Tapia: $8,000
- Sherron Leggett: $6,000
- Ariel Gandulla: $6,000
- Marcus Hicks: $6,000
- Ed Ratcliff: $6,000
- Eric Schambari: $6,000
- Art Santore: $6,000
- Charlie Kohler: $5,000
- Tom Speer: $4,000
- Sidney Silva: $4,000
- Brandon Foxworth: $4,000
- Sergio Gomez: $4,000
- Gary Padilla: $3,000
- Hiromitsu Miura: $3,000
- Johnny Sampaio: $2,000

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $114,000

WEC 27: Las Vegas Results

Here are the full results from WEC 27: Las Vegas.

WEC 27: Las Vegas
May 12, 2007
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

- Eric Schambari def. Art Santore - Decision (Unanimous)
- Ed Ratcliff def. Johnny Sampaio - TKO (Knee injury)
- Manny Tapia def. Brandon Foxworth - TKO (Strikes)
- Tom Speer def. Sidney Silva - KO (Punch)
- Marcus Hicks def. Sergio Gomez - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Sherron Leggett def. Charlie Kohler - TKO (Strikes)
- Ariel Gandulla def. Gary Padilla - Decision (Split)
- Jason Miller def. Hiromitsu Miura - Decision (Unanimous)
- Doug Marshall def. Justin McElfresh - KO (Punch)

Event Reviews

Sherdog: Marshall Retains WEC Belt
MMAWeekly: Marshall and Mayhem Miller Reign at WEC
Yahoo! Sports: Fight Night
The Fight Network: Miller “All Business” in First WEC Win

WEC 27 Weigh-In Results

Here are the weigh-in results for WEC 27: Marshall vs. McElfresh.

Justin McElfresh (203 lbs) vs. Doug Marshall (204 lbs)
Hiromitsu Miura (184 lbs) vs. Jason Miller (185 lbs)
Gary Padilla (205 lbs) vs. Ariel Gandulla (201 lbs)
Charlie Kohler (155 lbs) vs. Sherron Leggett (155 lbs)
Marcus Hicks (153 lbs) vs. Sergio Gomez (154 lbs)
Tom Speer (170.5 lbs) vs. Sidney Silva (170 lbs)
Brandon Foxworth (134 lbs) vs. Manny Tapia (133.5 lbs)
Ed Ratcliff (154.5 lbs) vs. Johnny Sampaio (155 lbs)
Eric Schambari (184 lbs) vs. Art Santore (185.5 lbs)

A Geek With Too Much Energy

That’s how “Mayhem” Miller describes himself.  Or just Jason, if you’re his mom.

Miller’s getting some ink for his MySpace efforts over at foxsports.com:

The 26-year old has made as much a name for himself on MySpace.com as he has with his considerable submission skills.

“Seriously man, if I wasn’t talking to you right now I’d probably be on my MySpace page,” says Miller, who lives in Hollywood. “I’m a geek with too much energy.”

Here’s Mayhem’s MySpace page for the curious.  Here’s MMA on Tap’s MySpace page for the bored.  John and Scott are all over that.  Friend us up, or whatever else you do over there.

Scott featured The Mayhem Show, Episode 2 in yesterday’s Coffee and Kick Ass.

Miller’s going to try and put some nerdslap on Hiromitsu Miura tomorrow night in Vegas.

“I’m going to pummel this guy. I’m going to turn up the heat and go mayhem on this guy as soon as they say go. I’m ready to go 100 miles an hour.”

But he won’t do that until after an elaborate entrance that he said might include Chinese dancers and fire eating girls “depending upon the local fire ordinances.” He plans to come to the cage wearing a mask, as he frequently does.

“The only thing better than getting all the chicks is scaring all the chicks away,” he said. “I’m the ugliest man in MMA, but it doesn’t pay to be beautiful in this sport. In this case, ugly is good, so I’m happy.”

Rich Crunkilton Injured

The Fight Network is reporting WEC lightweight contender Rich Crunkilton has been forced to withdraw from May 12th fight against Charlie Kohler due to an arm injury suffered while sparring last night at The Armory.

According to the report, Crunkilton suffered a fractured arm and it is unclear how long he will be out of action.

At the hospital, Cook says doctors told Crunkilton he has suffered a fractured arm. It is unclear how the injury was sustained and exactly how long Crunkilton will be out of action.

First it was McCullough, then Varner and now Crunkilton. I’m starting to feel sorry for the WEC…

Varner Pulls Out of WEC 27

Jamie Varner has been forced to pull out of WEC 27: Marshall vs McElfresh on May 12th because of a separated rib and torn cartilage that he suffered during training for his scheduled bout against Rich Crunkilton.

Varner is expected to be out of action for six weeks. A replacement opponent for Crunkilton has not yet been named…

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