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WEC Announces Brown-Garcia, Condit-Larson II for March

Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting on Monday, January 19 at 10 AM CT. The public release of tickets will be preceded by a presale for WEC newsletter subscribers this Friday at 10 AM CT.

 

Video: Faber Looking Forward to Rematch Against Pulver

In the above video, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber discusses his upcoming rematch against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver, which will take place at WEC 38 on January 25 in San Diego, California.

WEC Announces Full Card for “Varner vs. Cerrone”


Jamie Varner. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

World Extreme Cagefighting has released the complete fight card for it’s upcoming WEC 38 event on January 25 at the San Diego Sports Arena in California where WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner will defend his title against rising contender Donald Cerrone.

The show’s co-main event will feature a rematch between former champions as Urijah Faber will attempt to bounce back from his recent loss to Mike Thomas Brown against one-time UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver. Faber won an unanimous decision over Pulver in a 2008 fight-of-the-year candidate back on June 1.

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Will Ribeiro Fighting for Life, in Coma


Will Ribeiro in action against Chase Beebe.  Photo property of WEC.

Tragic news has come out of Brazil.  WEC bantamweight star Will Ribeiro was involved in a motorcycle accident this past weekend and suffered life threatening injuries.  A report on the official WEC site gives further details.

WEC bantamweight Will Ribeiro is hospitalized and comatose following an early morning motorcycle accident in Rio De Janeiro, according to Ed Soares, the fighter’s manager.

Soares said one of his assistants in Brazil told him Ribeiro was riding as a passenger on the motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet. The street they were riding on was slick due to rain. Ribeiro was rushed to a local hospital and underwent emergency surgery.

“My assistant said that the doctor said for sure that he (Ribeiro) has lost sight in one of his eyes,” Soares said. “He’s still in a coma. After surgery the doctor said there is a 50-50 shot that he will come out of it (survive).”

Ribeiro, who is as humble and gracious outside of the ring as he is exciting inside of it, most recently fought on the WEC’s Dec. 3 card in Las Vegas, losing by tap out to Brian Bowles. The 25-year-old Brazilian is an extremely well-rounded fighter who grew up poor and lost his father at the age of 2. His mother also died, leaving Ribeiro to raise his 12-year-old sister.

“He’s a very positive guy, very hard-working, a good person,” Soares said of Ribeiro. “He had had a very rough life. His mother passed away like seven years ago and he took over the care of his younger sister. He’s like a father-brother-mother to her … I’m still crushed right now.”

Mark Munoz Headed to the UFC in ‘09


Mark Munoz. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Former Oklahoma State University standout wrestler Mark Munoz has joined the list of fighters that will be making the jump from World Extreme Cagefighting to the UFC when the Zuffa-owned organization abolishes its middleweight and light heavyweight classes at the end of this year.

HDNet reporter Ron Kruck confirmed Munoz’s move during last Friday evening’s episode of “Inside MMA” on the digital cable channel. WEC fighters Steve Steinbeiss and Nissen Osterneck are also reportedly rumored to be heading to the UFC in the near future.

Munoz, a part-time training partner of former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, picked up his fifth professional victory at WEC 37 on December 3, stopping Palace Fighting Championship veteran Ricardo Barros in the first round via TKO. The win allowed Munoz to remain undefeated thus far in his professional career.

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CKA for December 2, 2008

WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner.  Photo courtesy of the WEC.


WEC 38 made official

WEC has announced that their next event following tomorrow night’s show will take place in San Diego on January 25, 2009. 

World Extreme Cagefighting® today announced that for the first event of 2009, the cage will head west to the hotbed of mixed martial arts - California - to hold the first ever WEC® event in San Diego. Two blockbuster matchups will lead the main card, with the World Lightweight Championship fight between Jamie Varner and undefeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone as the main event, and the mega-rematch pitting Urijah Faber against Jens Pulver in the co-main event.  World Extreme Cagefighting, featuring Varner vs. Cerrone and Faber vs. Pulver 2, takes place live from the San Diego Sports Arena on Sunday, January 25, 2009.

Aoki vs Alvarez on NYE?

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WEC 37 Final Card and Lineup

The WEC is set to promote their latest event, this time emanating from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The featured fight will be for the bantamweight championship, as title holder Miguel Torres looks to tangle with the dangerous and undefeated Manny Tapia.  Four of the world’s top 10 ranked bantamweights will be competing as well as an extremely intriguing matchup between top 10 ranked featherwights in Akitoshi Tamura and Wagnney Fabiano.  The WEC continues to put on solid cards featuring many of the world’s best in the lighter weight classes.

The broadcast on the Versus network begins at 8pm EST.  Here’s the card as it stands now before weigh ins.

Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro
Akitoshi Tamura vs. Wagnney Fabiano
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez

Preliminary Fights:
Johny Hendricks vs. Justin Haskins
Mark Munoz vs. Ricardo Barros
Bias Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian
Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province
Bart Palaszewski vs. Alex Karalexis
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Cub Swanson
Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik

 

Reger’s Rant for November 25, 2008

Let me start off by apologizing for the lack of updates of late.  Its been real crazy around here as well as being temporarily shorthanded.  Anyway, onto the world of MMA.

Fight Announcements

The last few days of seen a flurry of new fights proposed in various organizations.  Hopefully free of his EliteXC contract, Eddie Alvarez looks to return to fighting in the US with a proposed match in Extreme Challenge.  No opponent has been named, but the fight is set for January 23rd in Atlantic City.  Extreme Challenge is run by Monte COx and is generally based in the Midwest.  But Alvarez’s strong ties to the East Coast will surely help their foray into Atlantic City

Urijah Faber will look to quickly get back in the win column following his TKO loss to Mike Brown.  He’s certainly not taking on a cupcake either, as he will be tangling with former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver in a rematch of their June 1 fight which was a Fight of the Year candidate.  The fight is set for WEC 37 on January 25 in San Diego, CA.

The rumor mill is hot and heavy that Chuck Liddell will make his return to the UFC Octagon to face Randy Couture for a fourth time.  This one would take place in Germany at UFC 99 and would occur in the heavyweight division.

Golden Boy to compete with Affliction’s Day of Reckoning

Despite all the earlier announcements that Affliction and Golden Boy Promotions were teaming up to put on mega cards featuring both boxing and MMA, GBP has pulled back the reins some.  Though they will still be producing and advertising the January 24 Aflliction show, GBP also has announced they will be putting on the Antonio Margarito-Shane Mosely World Title boxing match on HBO that same night.  While most believe the boxing and MMA fan bases are separate, there is still some crossover and putting this fight on for free sort of (HBO), can’t help but take some eyes away from the Affliction show.

I also fully expect the UFC to counter program on SpikeTV against the Affliction show.  Don’t be surprised to see the UFC 91 card on that night, featuring the Randy Couture vs Brock Lesnar title fight as well as a host of other dynamic fights.

WEC 37 Fight Card Is Finalized

Barring any last minute injuries or weight issues, the fight card is set for December 3rd’s WEC 37 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The card will feature MMAonTap’s #1 ranked bantamweight, WEC Champion Miguel Torres, taking on undefeated challenger Manny Tapia.  This fight has been a long time coming as Tapia has made it no secret that he’s wanted the challenge of taking on Torres.  Unfortunately, injuries have slowed Tapia in the past.

Main Card Live on Versus:
Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia for WEC Bantamweight Championship
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Akitoshi Tamura
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez
Justin Haskins vs. Johny Hendricks

Undercard:
Ricardo Barros vs. Mark Munoz
Blas Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian
Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province
Alex Karalexis vs. Bart Palaszewski
Cub Swanson vs. Hirouki Takaya
Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik

 

Report: Munoz-Barros Set for WEC 37


Mark Munoz. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

A light heavyweight bout between former NCAA wrestling champion Mark Munoz and Palace Fighting Championship veteran Ricardo Barros has reportedly been signed to take place at WEC 37 on December 5 in Las Vegas according to MMA Weekly.

Munoz, a heralded wrestler out of Oklahoma State University, remains undefeated thus far in his professional career. He was victorious in his WEC debut back in June, scoring a first-round stoppage of Chuck Grigsby. Munoz was scheduled to take on Steve Steinbeiss prior to the postponement of WEC 36 but was forced off the card with a knee injury. According to the article, he has signed a contract to fight in the UFC, win or lose, starting next year.

Barros has competed sparingly throughout his MMA career, only fighting three times in the last eight years. His most recent bout took place at Palace Fighting Championships 6 in January, where he scored a first-round submission of Eric Pribble. Barros is a BJJ black belt under Ralph Gracie.

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