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Morning News and Notes: Lashley Debut Set, Burkman Injured & More


Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.

— Former WWE star Bobby Lashley will soon join Brock Lesnar in the professional ranks of mixed martial arts. Lashley has reportedly signed on to make his pro debut against fellow newcomer Joshua Franklin at the Mixed Fighting Alliance’s scheduled December 13 event in Miami. The card will be headlined by a rematch between UFC veterans Ricco Rodriguez and Jeff Monson. Rodriguez stopped Monson via third-round TKO in the first meeting at UFC 35 in January 2002.

— UFC welterweight Josh Burkman will be sidelined indefinitely while attempting to heal two bulging discs in his back and another bulging disc in his neck. Burkman, who has attributed his current three-fight losing streak partially to the injury, says that he will first try to heal the injury via physical therapy before potentially undergoing surgery, which is similar to what Nate Quarry and Tito Ortiz have recently had, to repair the injury.

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Report: Swanson-Takaya Signed for WEC 37


Cub Swanson. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Rising prospect Cub Swanson has once again been matched up against Hiroyuki Takaya in a featherweight bout that will reportedly take place at World Extreme Cagefighting’s final show of the year on December 3 according to MMA Weekly.

The two were originally slated to meet at WEC 35 in August but Swanson was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a broken hand a week before the fight. Former IFL featherweight title challenger L.C. Davis was offered to Takaya as a replacement opponent but the Japanese veteran opted not to fight instead.

Swanson suffered his first loss inside the confines of the WEC when he was submitted by former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver last December. Swanson then took a short hiatus to compete in a smaller show, submitting Donnie Walker at a International Fighting and Boxing League event in February.

Despite struggling as of late and losing three out of his last five bouts, Takaya remains of the most highly touted featherweights in the world. Takaya was last upset by UFC convert Leonard Garcia at the WEC’s February event in New Mexico.

WEC 36 Fighter Payouts


Chael Sonnen. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Florida State Boxing Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from this week’s WEC 36: “Faber vs. Brown” event, which took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on November 5.

American Top Team product Mike Brown upset top-ranked featherweight Urijah Faber in the show’s main event to claim the WEC featherweight title. Chael Sonnen was also victorious in his rematch against Paulo Filho and Leonard Garcia scored a first-round stoppage of Jens Pulver in televised bouts as well.

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

Mike Brown ($18,000) def. Urijah Faber ($14,000)
Chael Sonnen ($48,250) def. Paulo Filho ($30,750)
Leonard Garcia ($20,000) def. Jens Pulver ($33,000)
Jake Rosholt ($22,000) def. Nissen Osterneck ($4,000)
Donald Cerrone ($14,000) def. Rob McCullough ($18,000)
Aaron Simpson ($10,000) def. David Avellan ($3,000)
Jose Aldo ($8,000) def. Jonathan Brookings ($3,000)
Carmelo Marrero ($8,000) def. Steve Steinbess ($6,000)
Danny Castillo ($6,000) def. Rafael Dias ($3,000)
Rani Yayha ($12,000) def. Yoshiro Maeda ($6,000)

WEC 36 Medical Suspensions


Mike Brown. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Florida State Boxing Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this week’s WEC 36: “Faber vs. Brown” event, which took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on November 5.

American Top Team product Mike Brown upset top-ranked featherweight Urijah Faber in the show’s main event to claim the WEC featherweight title. Chael Sonnen was also victorious in his rematch against Paulo Filho and Leonard Garcia scored a first-round stoppage of Jens Pulver in televised bouts as well.

Brown has been suspended indefinitely, receiving the longest layoff by the commission after sustaining a rib injury during his win over Faber. David Avellan, who suffered a brutal 18 second knockout loss to Aaron Simpson, has been medically suspended for two months.

The remaining fighters have all been given 30-day medical suspensions: Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver, Nissen Osterneck, Jonathan Brookins, and Rafael Dias.

WEC 36 Post-Fight Press Conference Video

Here’s some video from the post-fight press conference for WEC 36. Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber discusses his first-round TKO loss to Mike Brown at the event in the above video. After the jump are comments from Leonard Garcia and Chael Sonnen.

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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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Tap Selections: WEC 36


Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for 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 predictions as well in our comments section.

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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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Report: Galvao to Return to WEC in Early 2009


Marcos Galvao. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Brazilian bantamweight Marcos Galvao has revealed that he will likely return to the confines of World Extreme Cagefighting to take on newcomer Rafael Rebello at a yet-to-be-announced WEC event that could take place early next year in a recent interview with Tatame.com.

“I believe he [does] BJJ, has been fighting constantly and has some MMA fights and I believe he [has] never lost,” Galvao said in the interview. “The deal is [to] train hard and focused to get there do everything I’ve trained. I need to get there and win this fight. I need to start all over again. I’m being very humble… very sincere. I’ll fight a guy who’s debuting in the WEC but he already has some fights and I hope I win.”

After a promising start to his career with a handful of wins under the Shooto banner, Galvao came into the WEC late last December with a good amount of hype, only to suffer a second-round knockout loss to Brian Bowles at WEC 31. Galvao returned to Japan this past September where he drew with Shooto bantamweight champion Masakatsu Ueda.

Rebello, who currently trains at Florida-based American Top Team, is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. The fight against Galvao will be his first since November 2007, when he earned a first-round stoppage of Jeff Willingham at a Pacific Xtreme Combat event in Guam.

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