In the above video, Urijah Faber explains why he feels his upcoming WEC featherweight title defense against the experienced but unknown Mike Thomas Brown this Wednesday night could be the toughest test of his career to date.
Carmello Marrero. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Two changes to separate preliminary fights have finalized the fight card for this week’s WEC 36 event, which will take place on Wednesday, November 5 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Alex Schoenauer was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Steve Steinbeiss after tearing his hamstring during a recent training session. Schoenauer was actually a replacement for light heavyweight prospect Mark Munoz who also injured during his preparation for Steinbeiss. The Argentinan will be replaced by a fellow UFC veteran, American Kickboxing Academy product Carmello Marrero.
He may not have been hit by the injury bug prior to Wednesday’s show, but Ed Ratcliff has been removed from the undercard for unknown reasons. Ratcliff was slated to take on Danny Castillo, who will now try to pick up his first WEC win against newcomer Rafael Dias, a veteran that has competed for the likes of BodogFight and the IFL in the past. The updated lineup for the event is after the jump.
Wagnney Fabiano. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Former IFL featherweight champion Wagnney Fabiano will reportedly make his World Extreme Cagefighting debut against a fellow newcomer, former Shooto title holder and one-time featherweight king Akitoshi Tamura, at WEC 37 on December 3 according to MMA Weekly.
The event will once again take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where the majority of WEC shows have taken place over the past year and a half, and will be televised live on Versus. WEC featherweight champion Miguel Torres will defend his title against Manny Tapia in the main event.
After rarely competing during the first six years of his professional career, Fabiano’s activity picked up after winning a decision over Matt Fiordirosa at a Freedom Fight event two years ago. Since then he has racked up a 7-1 record, his lone loss coming at the hands of former WEC title challenger Jeff Curran.
Jake Rosholt. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.
Three Team Takedown members currently under contract to Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting have either had changes or additions to their upcoming fights according to a pair of reports from Five Ounces of Pain. Team Takedown founder Ted Ehrhardt reportedly confirmed all of the changes earlier today.
Budding prospect Jake Rosholt will now take on undefeated HDNet Fights veteran Nissen Osterneck instead of skilled grappler Danillo Villefort at a middleweight bout scheduled for WEC 36 on November 5. A reason for the change currently remains unknown and Rosholt will be moved over to the UFC following the conclusion of the fight, win or lose.
In addition, Johny Hendricks WEC debut has been moved from WEC 36 to WEC 37 on December 5. He will still face fellow welterweight Alex Serdyukov. Team Takedown lightweight product Shane Roller will also be in action at WEC 37 as he has signed to take on Mike Budnik.
John has been on me in the past to write some opinion pieces and he’s right. So once a week, I’ll try to comment on some of the happenings in the world of Mixed Martial Arts as I see them in my warped eyes.
News last week that Affliction was loaning Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson to EliteXC to compete on the CBS October 4 Primetime show was really the best news to come out of either promotion in quite a while. Many feel the only way for either group to survive is to join forces. To me, it’s not even about competing with the UFC, it’s more a case of survival. By combining the MMA promotional experience of EliteXC with the roster and deep pockets of Affliction, they could carve out a very nice segment for themselves. Affliction, specifically Tom Atencio and Michael Cohen, have made it clear that this is a one time co-promotion at this point, which is the wise thing to do until they see how it works out. Conversely, EliteXC’s Jared Shaw of course is making veiled threats at the UFC, but that’s nothing new for $kala. Ultimately though, this could be a huge positive for both promotions.
Where is Fedor fighting next?
So will we next see Fedor fighting in Affliction, or in a thus unannounced New year’s Eve show in Japan? Upon hearing Fedor promise to fight in Japan on NYE during the Dream 6 show, Jerry Millen of Fedor’s M-1 Global team issued a statement saying that Fedor is under contract to fight for Affliction on their January show that is being co-promoted with boxing’s Golden Boy Promotions. Affliction has made similar statements. Just last year Monte Cox, fresh off the creation of M-1 Global featuring Fedor, stated Emelianenko would not be fighting on NYE and instead would compete on a January card. A few weeks later, Fedor announces his intention to compete on the inaugural Yarennoka show. This is becoming eerily similar. From all indications, Fedor’s Affliction contract is exclusive to bouts taking place in the US. But since the fight would occur in Japan, they might be powerless to prevent it.
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – With two spectacular wins that sky-rocketed him into the pound-for-pound stratosphere, WEC® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres has been one of 2008’s great success stories. But the only man standing between him and likely recognition as Fighter of the Year is one of his greatest rivals, Manny Tapia, an unbeaten contender who has been waiting six months for his shot at the 135-pound weight class’ greatest prize. The World Extreme Cagefighting® organization is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, December 3rd, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, these two warriors will finally meet in an explosive contest guaranteed to produce fireworks.
Wanderlei Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here’s a little mix of news and notes that we missed over the past few days…
Jackson-Silva III Likely for UFC 91
Amidst lingering rumors that the two were set to rematch later this year, it seems that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will reportedly indeed take on longtime PRIDE middleweight title holder Wanderlei Silva at UFC 91 on November 15 according to MMA Junkie.
Sources within the Wolfslair camp, which Jackson recently joined after parting ways with trainer Juanito Ibarra, have said that Jackson has agreed to the fight and has already begun training. Attempts to contact Wolfslair co-owner Anthony McGann for confirmation by MMA on Tap were unsuccessful.
Jackson and Silva have fought on two separate occasions and Silva was victorious in both fighters. Silva stopped Jackson with strikes in the first round of their original meeting at PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 and then scored a second-round knockout of him at PRIDE 28 four years ago.
Urijah Faber. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
World Extreme Cagefighting announced late Friday that the promotion has postponed it’s upcoming event on September 10 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida due to the potential landfall of Hurricane Ike on the state of Florida.
“Due to the potential of a major hurricane hitting the South Florida area on Wednesday we were compelled to postpone the event,” WEC Vice President of Operations and Production Peter Dropick said in a press release. “For the safety of our fans, the fighters and our staff we felt it was in the best interest to make this decision.”
The show, which will be headlined by WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber defending his belt against Mike Thomas Brown, has been moved to November 5. Tickets already purchased for the event will be honored on the new date. Those seeking a refund can obtain one through their point of purchase.
Urijah Faber. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Action-figure toy leader JAKKS Pacific, with whom the Ultimate Fighting Championship signed a distribution deal with earlier this year, announced today that they will launch a series of figures based on fighters that have fought in the WEC in PRIDE in Spring 2010.
“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with UFC by adding WEC and PRIDE to our action figure roster,” Jakks President Stephen Berman said in a press release sent out to the media today.
“As the world leader in fighting action figure toys, we plan on dominating the Mixed Martial Arts collector action figure arena. The addition of WEC and PRIDE gives JAKKS a substantial base of fighters with which to work and develop into a broad and exciting line of collectable products for fans.”
JAAKS is also set to begin selling various UFC-themed products, including watches, clothing, and other accessories starting next year.