2.07.2008 - 1:08:00 AM -
Raw Vegas Video: MMA Fix with Nick Thompson, Troy Mandaloniz, Dean Lister, and Jens Pulver
Raw Vegas posted a new video in their MMA Fix series with fighters Nick Thompson, Dean Lister, Troy Mandaloniz, and Jens Pulver comparing the depth of the UFC, WEC, and BodogFIGHT in terms of talent signed to each promotion. Jens has interesting comments about how the UFC is going mainstream but MMA really isn't. Check it out:
- 2:10:00 PM -
Leonard Garcia to move to WEC Featherweight division
It looks like Leonard Garcia (10-3, 1-2 UFC) is the next UFC lightweight to move to the WEC featherweight division following the likes of Jens Pulver. Here's what his trainer, Greg Jackson, had to say about the move to 145:
"Leonard (Garcia) is such a great fighter and a strong guy, but he walks around at like three pounds over weight," said Jackson about his fighter's move to featherweight. "He had to eat the morning of the weigh-ins the last time. We've got to bring him down a weight class where he's going to be more effective."
While I think they need to bolster the ranks of the other divisions it seems like the 145 lb. division of the WEC is going to be the place to be to fight the best in the world.
11.24.2007 - 4:35:00 PM -
Rob McCullogh vs Jamie Varner for WEC Lightweight title in February
MMA Weekly is reporting that Rob McCullough will defend the WEC lightweight title against Jamie Varner in February. Here's a blurb from the article where McCullough gives his thoughts on his opponent:
"I think it's going to be an interesting fight," McCullough told MMAWeekly.com. "He definitely has the skills to negate my skills, and therefore so do I. I think it's going to be a great fight for the first couple of rounds, and then hopefully he's packed a sleeping bag."
McCullough just returned from the Baja 1000, an off-road racing event that spans the Baja California Peninsula. He had expected to fight Alex Karalexis in November, but was unconcerned when his opponent was changed to Varner.
"I think he's a younger version of Rich (Crunkilton)," McCullough continued. "I don't think his submission game is anywhere near Rich's, but he's definitely got a quick shot, and he changes levels fast. I think his gas tank is going to be questionable."
11.14.2007 - 12:52:00 PM -
Paulo Filho to defend title against Chael Sonnen
WEC 31 takes place December 12th on the VERSUS network at 9PM EST. There are slated to be 3 title fights with 2 of the bouts previously announced as Doug Marshall vs Ariel Gandulla and Urijah Faber vs Jeff Curran. It has been rumored that Paulo Filho would fight but no opponent was confirmed. Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports confirmed that Chael Sonnen would fight Paulo Filho for the gold on Dec. 12th.
11.09.2007 - 8:44:00 AM -
WEC announces 3 title fights for WEC 31; Debut of Jens Pulver
The WEC announced three title fights for their upcoming WEC 31 event. The event will air live on the VERSUS beginning at 9PM EST. Doug Marshall will fight Ariel Gandulla for the light heavyweight title. Jeff Curran will challenge the 145 lb. Champion Urijah Faber for the featherweight title. Paulo Filho is expected to defend his middleweight title but no challenger has been announced yet. Jens "Lil' Evil" Pulver will make his WEC debut against Cub Swanson. Here's a little taste of the press release:
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 (WEC) 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.
10.19.2007 - 10:47:00 AM -
EliteXC expresses interest in Mayhem
As was reported yesterday, Jason "Mayhem" Miller is now reportedly a free agent and can negotiate with any promotion he so chooses. ProElite/EliteXC might have the best chance at landing the free agent because of his current work with ProElite.com. Sam Caplan has posted at his ProElite Blog that he was able to contact EliteXC live events president Gary Shaw for comment:
"In a heart beat," Shaw responded when asked if EliteXC would have interest in Miller. "Love him. I like him as a person. He's a great character, a great salesman. He can also fight. And if he's truly free to negotiate then I'd have an interest in him but I don't purposely interfere with any other organization's contract. I'd have to be assured that he's free to negotiate."
10.18.2007 - 11:07:00 AM -
Mayhem Miller becomes a free agent.
There has been a lot of speculation as to when Mayhem's next fight in the UFC would be. From what we've heard his contract was bought out by the UFC whenever they bought the WFA. It was reported to be a 2 fight contract, he has only fought once for the WEC leaving one more fight on his contract. Josh Gross at sherdog.com is reporting that Mayhem is free from his Zuffa contract and is free to talk to other promotions. There's a hilarious quote by mayhem in the article:
"I like adventures," the enigmatic Miller said. "I'm the Lewis and Clark of MMA. More Lewis than Clark. Actually, whoever was tagging Sacajawea, I'm him."
Mayhem has quite a personality and is quite a self promoter. I would imagine that any promotion would love to have him. He has been doing broadcast work for ProElite.com alot here recently so i would expect him to sign with ProElite/EliteXC. Mayhem was the Icon Sport middleweight champ before losing to Frank Trigg. Icon Sport was recently purchased by ProElite, so my bet is that he'll end up there.
The article goes on to say that the split seemed to be amicable and that Mayhem has fulfilled his contractual obligations. Mayhem had this to say about his time with the WEC:
"I had a great experience with the WEC," Miller said. "They really know how to take of the fighters."