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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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WEC Hands Out Post-Fight Bonuses


Brian Bowles. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Following their highly praised event in Las Vegas this past Sunday, World Extreme Cagefighting has reportedly handed out post-fight bonuses to six of their contracted fighters, including bonus money for two “Fight of the Night” winners according to MMA Weekly.

WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit and his tough opponent, Hiromitsu Miura, both received Fight of the Night honors after their epic four-round title bout in the night’s main event. After pushed harder than ever before in his WEC career, Condit eventually stopped Miura with strikes to retain his belt. Bonus money also went to WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and Marcus Hicks for their exciting lightweight title bout.

“Knockout of the Night” honors went to former welterweight title challenger Brock Larson, who dispatched of veteran Carlo Prater just 37 seconds into their preliminary bout. “Submission of the Night” went to bantamweight contender Brian Bowles who submitted Damacio Page with a guillotine choke in the event’s first televised bout. Each fighter listed above was awarded $7,500 on top of base salary.

WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura Fighter Salaries


Brock Larson. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from last night’s World Extreme Cagefighting 35 event, which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Carlos Condit and Jamie Varner retained their respective WEC titles Sunday night while former U.S. Marine Brian Stann was defeated in a light heavyweight championship rematch against hometown favorite Steve Cantwell. The show’s other main card bout saw rising bantamweight Brian Bowles submit Damacio Page.

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

Carlos Condit ($44,000) def. Hiromitsu Miura ($5,000)
Steve Cantwell ($10,000) def. Brian Stann ($11,000)
Jamie Varner ($30,000) def. Marcus Hicks ($16,000)
Brian Bowles ($8,000) def. Damacio Page ($6,000)
Josh Grispi ($8,000) def. Micah Miller ($5,000)
Brock Larson ($30,000) def. Carlo Prater ($7,000)
Blas Avena ($12,000) def. Dave Terrel ($3,000)
Shane Roller ($12,000) def. Todd Moore ($4,000)
Mike Budnik ($6,000) def. Greg McIntyre ($2,000)
Scott Jorgensen ($6,000) def. Kenji Osawa ($5,000)

Condit, Varner Retain; Stann Falls at WEC 35


Carlos Condit. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Carlos Condit and Jamie Varner retained their respective World Extreme Cagefighting titles Sunday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas while former U.S. Marine Brian Stann was defeated in a light heavyweight championship rematch against hometown favorite Steve Cantwell.

Coming into the show’s main event, Condit was expected to encounter his toughest test to date against Hiromitsu Miura, who has become known as a formidable opponent in past fights courtesy of his slick judo throws and heavy hands. Miura provided quite the test for Condit, who was put into dangerous predicaments throughout the course of the fight.

After preventing Miura’s inital judo throw attempt in the first round, Condit found himself being slammed onto the canvas just moments later, only to return the favor to Miura later on in a sign of things to come. Flurries of punches and submission exchanges between the two were prominent throughout the first fifteen minutes of the bout, which saw Condit ahead on the judge’s scorecards going into the championship rounds.

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WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura Live Results

We will be going live at 6:30 PM ET tonight with live results of WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura, which will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show’s man card will be televised on Versus starting at 9:00 PM ET.

The event will feature a total of three championship bouts: WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will make another defense of his belt against tough Japanese veteran Hiromitsu Miura; lightweight title holder Jamie Varner will make his first defense against top contender Marcus Hicks; and former U.S. Marine Brian Stann will put his light heavyweight strap on the line in a rematch against Steve Cantwell.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura Weigh-In Results


Carlos Condit. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura event, which will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, are below. The show’s man card will be televised on Versus starting at 9:00 PM ET. All fighters successfully made weight. The only hitch saw Marcus Hicks need a second attempt to make the 155 lb. limit.

The event will feature a total of three championship bouts: WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will make another defense of his belt against tough Japanese veteran Hiromitsu Miura; lightweight title holder Jamie Varner will make his first defense against top contender Marcus Hicks; and former U.S. Marine Brian Stann will put his light heavyweight strap on the line in a rematch against Steve Cantwell.

Main Card:

Carlos Condit (169.5 lbs) vs. Hiromitsu Miura (169 lbs)
Brian Stann (201.5 lbs) vs. Steve Cantwell (205 lbs)
Jamie Varner (155 lbs) vs. Marcus Hicks (155 lbs)
Damacio Page (135 lbs) vs. Brian Bowles (136 lbs)
Micah Miller (145 lbs) vs. Josh Grispi (145 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Brock Larson (171 lbs) vs. Carlo Prater (170 lbs)
Dave Terrel (170 lbs) vs. Blas Avena (170 lbs)
Todd Moore (154 lbs) vs. Shane Roller (155 lbs)
Kenji Osawa (136.5 lbs) vs. Scott Jorgenson (135.5 lbs)
Mike Budnik (154 lbs) vs. Greg McIntyre (155 lbs)

Video Hype: Looking at the WEC Main Card

In the following set of videos courtesy of ESPN, seven of the fighters that will be featured on the main card of World Extreme Cagefighting’s next event on Sunday night discuss their upcoming bouts. In the video above, Carlos Condit talks about his title defense against crafty Japanese veteran Hiromitsu Miura. After the jump, Brian Stann, Steve Cantwell, Jamie Varner, Marcus Hicks, Brian Bowles, and Damacio Page all touch on their fights as well, which will all be televised live on Versus starting at 9 PM ET.

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Report: McCullough-Cerrone Possible for Fall


Rob McCullough. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Former WEC lightweight champion “Razor” Rob McCullough will likely continue his journey to regain his title later this year, possibly taking on undefeated prospect Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a bout with potential title shot implications.

The news comes from MMA Mania, which reports that the fight is currently “in the works” and could either take place at planned WEC events in August or September.

McCullough bounced back from a brutal TKO loss that cost him his welterweight title at the hands of current champion Jamie Varner in February by avenging a prior loss to Kenneth Alexander via split decision earlier this month in Sacramento. The bout will likely mark the fifth consecutive time that McCullough has been in a Zuffa-televised bout.

Cerrone, who has yet to lose thus far in his professional career, was also victorious at the WEC’s latest effort earlier this month, submitting Danny Castillo with an armbar during a preliminary bout. The fight was his first since being suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for a banned diuretic last year.

Officially announced by the WEC today was a bantamweight showdown between rising contender Brian Bowles and Jackson’s Submission Fighting product Damacio Page. That fight will take place at the promotion’s next event on August 3rd in Las Vegas.

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