WEC

WEC Fighter Salaries

Here are the fighter payouts for WEC: McCullough vs. Cope which took place this past weekend.

Title Match & Main Event Fighters

- Rob McCullough: $20,000 (defeated Kit Cope)
- Urijah Faber: $10,000 (defeated Joe Pearson)
- Kit Cope: $5,000 (lost to Rob McCullough)
- Joe Pearson: $4,000 (lost to Urijah Faber)


Main Card Fighters

- John Alessio: $10,000 (defeated Brian Gassaway)
- Rich Crunkilton: $10,000 (defeated Mike Joy)
- Alex Karalexis: $8,000 (defeated Olaf Alfonso)
- Logan Clark: $8,000 (defeated Blas Avena)
- Carlos Condit: $8,000 (defeated Kyle Jensen)
- Antonio Banuelos: $6,000 (defeated Mike French)
- Brian Gassaway: $4,000 (lost to John Alessio)
- Brendan Seguin: $4,000 (defeated Fernando Gonzalez)
- Olaf Alfonso: $4,000 (lost to Alex Karalexis)
- Mike French: $3,000 (lost to Antonio Banuelos)
- Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000 (lost to Brendan Seguin)
- Kyle Jensen: $3,000 (lost to Carlos Condit)
- Blas Avena: $2,500 (lost to Logan Clark)
- Mike Joy: $2,000 (lost to Rich Crunkilton)

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $114,500

CKA: Jan 22, 2007

News and Notes

- Nick Diaz will be fighting on the upcoming PRIDE USA show. It is expected that he’ll fight PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi.

- Drew McFedries will fight Martin Kampmann at UFC 68: The Uprising.

- We have confirmed that Hayato Sakurai will face Mac Danzig at PRIDE 33.

- Matt Lindland confirmed on ‘The Beatdown’ that he will in fact be fighting Fedor Emelianenko.

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CKA: Jan 21, 2007

News and Notes

- Last night fans were given the opportunity to witness the first Zuffa-ran World Extreme Cagefighting show. McCullough and Faber reigned victorious in their respective bouts earning their WEC titles. Here are the full results…

- Richard Crunkilton def. Mike Joy - Submission (Anaconda Choke) 
- Antonio Banuelos def. Mike French - Decision (Unanimous)
- Carlos Condit def. Kyle Jensen - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Alex Karalexis def. Olaf Alfonso - TKO (Referee Stoppage)
- Brendan Seguin def. Fernando Gonzalez - Decision (Unanimous)
- Logan Clark def. Blas Cedena - TKO (Referee Stoppage)
- John Alessio def. Brian Gassaway - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Urijah Faber def. Joe Pearson - Submission (Strikes)
- Rob McCullough def. Kit Cope - Submission (Strikes)

- Dave Medd will take on Chris Clements at TKO 28: Inevitable.

- UFC veteran Dan Lauzon suffered his second straight loss this weekend to the hands of Deividas Taurosevicius at Cage Fury Fighting Championship 3: “Battleground”.

- Here is the full card for Cage Rage 20...

  1. Eric “Butterbean” Esch vs. James “The Colossus” Thompson
  2. Mark Kerr vs. Mustapha Al Turk
  3. Tengiz Tedoradze vs. Rob Broughton
  4. Dan Severn vs. Dave Legeno
  5. Daijiro Matsui vs. Zelg Galesic
  6. Mark Buchanan vs. Robert Berry
  7. Tom Howard vs. Tom Blackledge
  8. Masakazu Imanari vs. Robbie Olivier
  9. Jason Barrett vs. Jeremy Bailey
  10. Ronnie Mann vs. Ashley Grimshaw
  11. Marios Zaromskis vs. Paul Taylor
  12. Michael Johnson vs. Lee Doski

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WEC Play-By-Play

The first Zuffa-run WEC show is underway and Sherdog.com is providing fans with an excellent play-by-play. If interested the play-by-play can be found here.

CKA: Jan 20, 2007

News and Notes

- MMA journeyman Travis Fulton suffered a KO loss to the hands of former heavyweight contender Lou Savarese.

- Shinya Aoki will make his return to Shooto when he faces Akira Kikuchi in a rematch as he defends his Shooto 167-pound belt.

- UFC veteran Wes Sims will headline the March 22nd Palace Fighting card when he faces Anthony Fuller.

“I like this show. It’s a great setup,” Sims said. “For this being the first show, I’m very happy with the number of people here. If I had to rate this promotion on a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a 10 for a small show. If it keeps growing, I think it will be a great big show.”

- The WEC has announced that Versus will begin airing events in the summer. Versus will air three live fights and six one-hour highlight shows.

- NBCSports.com has added the UFC to their sports coverage.

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WEC Announces Complete Card for Event This Saturday

The World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC™) organization has announced the complete card for the organization’s Las Vegas debut, which will take place live from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007.

The WEC’s premiere Las Vegas event is already an action-packed, soon-to-be classic night of WEC fighting. Stacked with two WEC Championship bouts, the line-up features a main event matchup between Kit Cope and Razor “Rob” McCullough in a battle for the vacant WEC Lightweight crown. A second championship bout features WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah “California Kid” Faber in his first WEC Featherweight title defense against submission specialist Joe Pearson.

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CKA: Jan 14, 2007

News and Notes

- Icon Sport will be holding an event February 9th and the headline bout will be a battle between UFC and Pride veteran “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Trevor Garret. Also on the card will be Renato Verissimo, Jeremy Williams, and Scott Junk.

- UFC veterans Justin Eilers and Pedro Rizzo will fight March 9th at the American Airline Center. The fight will take place in the new organization dubbed the ‘International Fighters Association’ and it will be televised on HDNet. HDNet previously televised the WEC until it was purchased by the UFC and moved to Versus. The matchmaker will be UFC and Pride veteran Guy Metzger and the ring announcer will be Bruce Buffer. Here is the current card…

Pedro Rizzo vs. Justin Eilers
Carlo Prater vs. Dennis Levensky
Alex Andrade vs. Klas Akesson
Matt Grice vs. Yuki Inoue
Buddy Clinton vs. Kenneth Rosfort
Eric Schambari vs. Christian Smith
Justin Wren vs. Trent Standing
Alonozo Martinez vs. Tom East
Sonny Neilson vs. Travis Bush

- MMAWeekly has Luke Cummo vs. Josh Haynes and Wilson Gouveia vs. Hector Ramirez rumored for the UFC Fight Night 10 card on April 5th. Also rumored to be on the card is Josh Koscheck and Kendall Grove.

- Mitsuhiro Ishida has vacated his Shooto Pacific Rim 154-pound championship title.

- In an article on the TKO homepage, UFC matchmaker confirmed that Mark Hominick and Sam Stout would be back in the UFC in the New Year.

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CKA: Jan 11, 2007

Welcome to the first edition of Coffee and Kick Ass, a new morning column that will include a variety of news and articles, or whatever else is going on in the MMA world.

News and Notes

- Seth Petruzelli has announced via his MySpace page that his fight at UFC Fight Night 8 on January 25th has been cancelled. Petruzelli was scheduled to face Hector Ramirez but Ramirez was forced to pull out after suffering an ankle injury during training.

- Remember to tune into ‘Inside the UFC’ tonight at 12 AM EST on Spike TV as Randy Couture will be making his “big” announcement. Reports have already surfaced stating that Couture will coming out of retirement to fight Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title.

- Lodune Sincaid has confirmed that he be fighting on the upcoming January 20th WEC card. His opponent at this time is still unknown.

- Yesterday on MMAWeekly Radio, MMA agent Ken Pavia reported that Ivan Salaverry is tentatively scheduled to fight on the April UFC card.

- Frank Trigg will defend his newly acquired Icon Sport middleweight title April 7th against UFC and PRIDE veteran “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.

- On the note of Robbie Lawler, it is expected that he will appear on the PRIDE USA show scheduled for sometime in June.

- Joe Doerksen will be making his PRIDE debut April 28th, 2007. At this time his opponent currently unknown.

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WEC Card Coming Together

The first WEC card under Zuffa ownership is quickly coming together with just 15 days to go until the event.  One of the main events has been dropped, that being Jorge Oliviera vs Doug Marshall.  The card including heavily rumored fights looks like this:

WEC Lightweight Title: Rob McCullough vs. Kit Cope
WEC Featherweight Title: Urijah Faber vs. Joe Pearson
Alex Karalexis vs. Olaf Alfonso
Carlos Condit vs. Alex Serduykov
Josh Smith vs. Casey Olson
Rich Crunkilton vs. Mike Joy (Rumored)
John Alessio vs. Brian Gassaway (Rumored)
Brandon Seguin vs. Fernando Gonzalez (Rumored)

A couple of potentially great fights on there, especially the two title fights and the Condit/Serduykov match.  This is a very good offering for the re-invented WEC.  Eventually, most of these fights will likely end up on VERSUS, the network that the WEC signed on to broadcast their events.

WEC Update

The World Extreme Cagefighting’s first card under Zuffa is beginning to take shape.

The card’s main event will pit heavy-handed lightweights Kit Cope and “Razor” Rob McCullough in a battle that will be for the vacant WEC lightweight title. The belt was originally held by Hermes Franca but he decided to vacate it when he recently signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC.

Doug “The Rhino” Marshall will battle Chute Boxe USA’s Jorge Oliveira for the vacant WEC light heavyweight title. Oliveira became a WEC fighter when the Zuffa purchased the contracts of the WFA. Zuffa decided they’d showcase Oliveira in the newly acquired WEC.

Urijah Faber will defend his WEC featherweight title against PRIDE veteran Joe Pearson. Faber much like MuCullough, Cope and Oliveira was acquired when Zuffa purchased the WFA. Faber was sent to the WEC because he fights at 145 lbs and the UFC doesn’t currently have a featherweight division. Faber’s only MMA loss came to the hands of UFC veteran Tyson Griffin at Gladiator Challenge 42.

Since acquiring the WEC, Zuffa has been working hard to put on a solid first show which will showcase some of their lightweight talent. WEC event’s are also expected to appear on Versus.

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