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.
Fabiano dropped down from the lightweight division and became the International Fight League’s first-ever featherweight champion when he submitted Miletich Fighting Systems product L.C. Davis last December. He most recently knocked Shad Lierley at an IFL show in April in just 37 seconds.
Tamura, who currently trains at the Tsudanuma Dojo in Japan along with budding welterweight prospect Yoshitaro Niimi, has fought primarily for the Shooto organization with the exception of a handful of fights during his career.
He had a four-fight winning streak snapped by Hideki Kadowaki in March when Kadowaki defeated Tamura via majority decision at Shooto’s “Back to Our Roots 8” show. Tamura bounced back to earn a third-round submission of longtime veteran Rumina Sato two months later in his most recent contest.
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