ProMMA.info WEC 46 staff picks

“WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson” takes place Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Headlining the card is a lightweight title unification bout between champion Jamie Varner and interim champ Benson Henderson.

The card will also feature the return of “Sactown’s” own Urijah Faber taking on Raphael Assuncao, former champ Mike Thomas Brown takes on Anthony Morrison, Dave Jansen takes on Kamal Shalorus, and Mackens Sermezier battles Deividas Taurosevicius to round out the main card.

ProMMA.info‘s best MMA minds have come together to bring you our predictions for WEC 46. Each of us will tell you who we think will win and why. This is very important stuff because we are keeping score, and at the end of the year we will award the staff member with the highest correct percentage with a six pack of beer and a pizza, and the person with the worst record will be made fun of indefinitely. So, the stakes are high. The fights are tough, and here we go…

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WEC 46 spotlight: Deividas Taurosevicius – ProMMA.info exclusive interview

Deividas Taurosevicius, a former pro Rugby player from Lithuania, originally moved to the United States to play for the Professional Rugby League. The league never really got off the ground in America, but Deividas decided he wanted to stay.

It was here he discovered his passion for MMA. The same drive that had made him a top athlete in Rugby (He was awarded Best Player in Lithuania in 1999), he turned toward MMA. Having turned pro in 2002, Deividas now owns his own gym, and holds a record of 11-3, with wins over such fighters as Dan Lauzon, Bart Palaszewski, and Javier Vasquez, to name a few.

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WEC announces AMP Energy as official energy drink

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today that AMP Energy will serve as the organization’s Official Energy Drink for 2010. One of the most prominent energy drinks in the world, AMP Energy will also serve as a key promotional partner for this year’s WEC events.

“We are pleased to have AMP Energy as the Official Energy Drink of WEC,” WEC Vice President Peter Dropick said. “AMP Energy is committed to working with the best athletes and organizations in the sports world and we are excited to have them on board.”

AMP Energy will also sponsor three of WEC’s top stars. Featherweight Urijah Faber, who fights on Jan. 10 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif, will compete under the AMP Energy banner, as will featherweight prospect Chad Mendes and bantamweight title contender Joseph Benavidez.

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High stakes for Faber and Assuncao – Featherweight contenders vie for potential title shot

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – If Urijah Faber is the Tyreke Evans of the lighter weight classes, you can expect that “The California Kid” will be looking to hit the game-winning shot when he faces Raphael Assuncao at ARCO Arena on Sunday night.

An explosive, speedy fighter who is considered among the best 145-pounders in the world, Faber (22-3) has his sights set on reclaiming the featherweight title. And while many believe a Faber win this weekend would lead to a mega-fight with champion Jose Aldo, the 30-year-old Sacramento native isn’t thinking that far ahead just yet.

“Jose Aldo, without a doubt, has proven that he’s the champ right now,” Faber said. “So that’s the guy I’ve got to beat. But before then, I’ve got a very tough opponent in Raphael. I don’t want to get too excited about fighting Aldo yet because I’ve got another hard-headed Brazilian to try to throw around on Jan. 10.”

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WEC 46 betting odds

“WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson” takes place this Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. There is potential for some mega-payouts here with a few very large under dogs. Specifically, a win for Assuncao over Faber, Morrison over Brown, or Godfrey over Fabiano could have one sitting pretty if they had the … Read more

The Cageside Beat January 7, 2010: The state of the union

The Cageside Beat is the official radio show of ProMMA.info
The Cageside Beat is the official radio show of ProMMA.info

Join Brian and Mike tonight at 10:00 PM ET for the first episode of 2010 of The Cageside Beat, the official radio show of ProMMA.info. Brian and Mike will be taking a look back at 2009 and giving listeners some ideas on what to expect from the show in 2010.

Tonight’s episode will also include another MMA trivia contest sponsored by episode sponsor and long-time friend of The Cageside Beat, Silver Star. FIVE winners will win their choice of any one shirt off of the Silver Star website.

To call in and be a part of the show, dial (347) 215-9756. Standard long distance rates do apply.

To listen to the show live, tune into The Cageside Beat tonight at 10:00 PM ET.

Brian and Mike would also like to encourage everyone to check out recent TCB guest Bobby Razak’s “Legalize MMA” videos, done in connection with Ecko. Follow the jump for the videos.

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MMA Live: 1-7-10

It’s Kenny Florian, Jon Anik, and Franklin McNeil back this week as MMA Live offers up some final thoughts on UFC 108 and looks ahead to next week’s UFC Fight Night in Virginia. Also a preview of WEC 46, and more details on next Thursday’s year-end awards show. Please like & share:

WEC 46 spotlight: Mark “The Machine” Hominick – ProMMA.info exclusive interview

“WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson” takes place this Sunday night, Jan. 10, 2010, at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Making his third WEC appearance, after nearly a year-and-a-half layoff, is 27-year-old Canadian fighter Mark “The Machine” Hominick (16-8). “The Machine” will be fighting Strikeforce veteran Bryan Caraway (14-3), who is making his WEC debut.

After a successful two-fight stint in the UFC, where he defeated Yves Edwards and Jorge Gurgel at lightweight, Mark Hominick decided to pack his bags and leave. To this day, he has to be one of the few fighters ever to willingly leave the UFC, undefeated inside the Octagon.

ProMMA.info (www.promma.info) had the privilege of speaking to Mark Hominick this week, and he explained why he chose to walk away from the UFC. We also discussed his upcoming fight with Caraway, as well as his opinion on the Varner vs. Henderson main event, and much more. Meet “The Machine”…

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Knock Out Representation Announces Twitter Contest

Knock Out Representation, one of MMA’s hardest-hitting management firms, has announced a contest on Twitter for fans to win some excellent autographed gear and memorabilia. To enter, fans must have a twitter account, and be following both WEC Lightweight Champ (and recent guest of The Cageside Beat) Jamie Varner, and KO Reps. Before this Friday, … Read more

WEC 46 spotlight: Coty “Ox” Wheeler – ProMMA.info exclusive interview

This Sunday night, Jan. 10, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting returns to Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. with “WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson”. Fighting at bantamweight on the card, and making his fourth WEC appearance, will be Coty “Ox” Wheeler (10-2).

ProMMA.info (www.promma.info) had the pleasure of speaking to Coty this week about his upcoming fight with Will Campuzano (6-1), how it feels to work with the “Fighters Only 2009 Coach of the Year”, where he got his nickname, and what animal he may have been in a previous life (it’s not an ox).

It’s the little man with big personality, the Apache kid, the fighter who was almost named “Two Dogs Humping”, Mr. Coty “Ox” Wheeler…

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