LAS VEGAS - With three world titles on the line as well as the return of a true mixed martial arts legend, the World Extreme Cagefighting event on Wednesday, December 12th is not only the biggest and best WEC show of the year, it may be the greatest card in the six year history of the organization.
Featuring WEC Featherweight Champion “The California Kid” Urjiah Faber against Jeff “Big Frog” Curran, “The Rhino” Doug Marshall defending his Light Heavyweight title against Cuba’s own Ariel Gandulla, Paulo Filho returning to the Cage to defend his WEC Middleweight crown, and former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver making his WEC debut at 145 lbs. against rising star Cub Swanson, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be rocked off its foundations by the most explosive MMA action of 2007.
WEC: Faber vs. Curran will be televised live nationally on VERSUS beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT.
Ariel Gandulla launched himself onto the WEC scene in May when he defeated Gary Padilla by split decision. Unfortunately for the WEC and fans, that wasn’t the best Ariel Gandulla. Two months earlier, Gandulla injured his elbow when the cage door gave way during his fight with Tom Lawlor at Kick Enterprises in Ft. Meyers, Florida, sending both fighters down and out of the fighting area. Gandulla was injured and unable to continue so the fight was ruled a no contest. “I did not utilize all my weapons with Padilla because my elbow was injured. During my fight with Tom Lawlor the cage door flew open in the beginning of the first round and I fell.”
Hailing from Cien Fuegos, Cuba, Gandulla recently joined American Top Team to further his evolution as a mixed martial artist. In October, Gandulla will face his toughest test to date when he steps into the cage with WEC light heavyweight champion Doug “Rhino” Marshall. “First of all, I’m from Cien Fuegos, Cuba, and I moved to the United States in July 1994. As for my fighting background, my record currently stands at 5-0-1. My team is my family and they have definitely helped me improve a lot.”
Looking ahead to his fight with Marshall, Gandulla provided us with a little breakdown on what he plans to do, “I will exchange punches, and I look forward to securing the big take-down. In this fight I am actually going to utilize judo, that’s my weapon. I feel great, I have been a fighter all my life, yes I am ready, 100%.”
MMA on Tap has learned that Doug “Rhino” Marshall (6-2) will defend his WEC light heavyweight title in October at WEC 31 when he faces American Top Team’s Ariel Gandulla (4-0).
Doug Marshall is a heavy handed slugger who holds victories over the likes of Anthony Fuller, Lodune Sincaid, Justin McElfresh, and Lavar Johnson. Marshall won the WEC light heavyweight title at WEC 23: Hot August Fights when he knocked out UFC veteran Lodune Sincaid.
Ariel Gandulla is a native of Havana, Cuba who sports an unblemished MMA record of 4-0. Gandulla made his WEC debut on May 12, 2007 at WEC 27 squeaking out a split decision victory over Gary Padilla (7-2).