WEC Makes Sonnen-Baker Official

Bryan Baker weighs-in for WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Middleweight prospect Bryan “The Beast” Baker will now go up against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen at World Extreme Cagefighting’s next event on March 26th.

The organization announced the matchup on their website yesterday.

MMA on Tap reported last week through a source close to both fighters that Baker was offered the fight against Sonnen even though he was already slated to take on Logan Clark at the event. Baker was originally scheduled to face Nissen Osterneck until he was forced to pull out due to injury.

WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho had opted to withdraw from his scheduled title defense rematch against Sonnen at the show after checking himself into a local rehabilitation center in order to receive help for an alleged substance abuse problem.

A light heavyweight title bout between Doug Marshall and Brian Stann will now serve as the card’s main event.

Sonnen has not fought since being submitted by Filho in controversial fashion this past December. With Sonnen trapped in an armbar and his face grimacing in pain, referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in and stopped the bout, claiming that Sonnen had verbally submitted. Sonnen has since kept his stance that he did not tell Rosenthal to stop the bout.

A native of West Covina, California, Baker remains undefeated thus far in his professional career. He has won both of his bouts inside the confines of the WEC, defeating Eric Schambari and former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jesse Forbes in consecutive bouts.


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