Brian Stann. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday confirmed multiple previously rumored bouts that are scheduled to take place at the organization’s separate April events later this year.
Added to the UFC’s return to Canada on April 18 for UFC 97 were a total of four bouts. Former WEC Brian Stann will make his UFC debut against “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Krzysztof Soszynski on the event’s televised main card.
Stann was slated to take on Steve Cantwell in the third career bout between the two this past December, but was forced out of the bout with a foot injury. Soszynski comes into the fight with one UFC win already under his belt in the form of a second-round submission of Shane Primm.
Ryan Bader. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A pair of fights have reportedly been added to the yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night 18 show that is rumored to be taking place on April 1 in Nashville, Tennessee - Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero and Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie.
Five Ounces of Pain is reporting both fights as taking place at the event, citing sources close to some of the participating fighters.
Bader will be fighting for the first formal time in the UFC after defeating jiu-jitsu champion Vinicius Magalhaes to win the light heavyweight portion of the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” at the show’s finale in December. The Arizona Combat Sports product remains undefeated thus far in his professional career.
Tim McKenzie. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Arizona Combat Sports product Aaron Simpson will replace an injured Tim McKenzie against WEC newcomer David Avellan at WEC 36 on September 10 in Hollywood, Florida according to MMA Weekly.
McKenzie reportedly withdrew from the bout earlier this week after suffering an undisclosed injury. Simpson, who has won his first three professional bouts and remains undefeated, will take the fight against Avellan on short notice.
Simpson last scored a third-round TKO of Travis Degraw at a Full Moon Fighting event in May. Prior to that, he defeated Scott Dingman on the undercard of BodogFight’s “Thompson vs. Troyer” show in Las Vegas back in February.
Avellan, is also a relative newcomer to the sport and enters the WEC after spending a one-fight stint in BodogFight as well, where he defeated Antony Rea via TKO in February of last year. His first professional win was a submission of Andre Daniels at Absolute Fighting Championships 19.
Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Here’s a little recap of what we might have missed over the past few days or so…
Gomi, Trigg Win at Sengoku IV
Former PRIDE standouts Takanori Gomi and Frank Trigg were victorious in their respective bout Sunday morning at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” event in Japan. Gomi earned a decision over Seung Pang Hwan while Trigg went all three rounds with Makoto Takimoto.
Former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz was upset in the first round of World Victory Road’s inaugural lightweight grand prix, losing via knockout to Mizuto Hirota. Kazunori Yokota, Eiji Mitsuoka, Satoru Kitaoka all also moved on to the tournament’s next round.
Jens Pulver. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
World Extreme Cagefighting today officially announced the complete lineup of fights that will take place at the organization’s scheduled September 10th event in Hollywood, Florida.
The most notable bout made official today involves former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver looking to solidify himself as a contender once again in the WEC’s featherweight division as he will take on fellow heavy-hitter Leonard Garcia. The bout will be part of the event’s televised main card on Versus.
Pulver is coming off of a failed attempt to dethrone reigning 145 lb champion Urijah Faber while Garcia will be fighting for the first time since being charged and eventually cleared of involvement in a New Mexico drug ring.
Additional matchups announced for the card this afternoon included Rani Yahya vs. Yoshiro Maeda, Rob McCullough vs. Donald Cerrone, Jake Rosholt vs. Danillo Villefort, Johny Hendricks vs. Alex Serdyukov, Tim McKenzie vs. David Avellan, and Ed Ratcliff vs. Danny Castillo.
Eric Schambari. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
World Extreme Cagefighting announced on Tuesday that undefeated Warriors Fight Promotions veteran Jeremy Lang would replace an injured Eric Schambari against longtime WEC veteran Tim McKenzie in a preliminary bout at the organization’s upcoming next event on June 1st in Sacramento.
Lang, who has yet to lose thus far in his professional mixed martial arts career, has won ten of his twelve bouts by either TKO or submission. He most recently won a unanimous decision over Brian Monoghan on May 3rd. It was his second career win over Monoghan.
McKenzie failed to win in his return to the WEC, succumbing to a rear naked choke at the hands of Steve Cantwell in March. Schambari reportedly suffered an undisclosed injury during a recent training session, ultimately forcing him to pull out of the bout according to MMA Weekly.
WEC’s official website also lists former lightweight title challenger Richard Crunkilton as being removed from his fight against Donald Cerrone. No word as of yet concerning Crunkilton officially being removed from the card.
The show will feature the organization’s self-proclaimed “most important bout of all-time” as WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber will clash in a highly-anticipated fight against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver in the main event.