Remaining bouts confirmed for “WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo” on Nov. 18

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – World Extreme Cagefighting proudly confirms the remaining bouts of a tremendous fight card headed to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Nov. 18. In addition to the outstanding main event pitting featherweight champion Mike Brown against top challenger Jose Aldo, WEC is pleased to announce nine other quality bouts.

“WEC continually delivers some of the best fights in the business,” WEC General Manager Reed Harris said. “With this event taking place the same week as UFC 106, we guarantee that this will be one of the best fight weeks in the history of the sport.”

Brown vs. Aldo will be televised nationally live on VERSUS beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.  All of the network’s live WEC events are presented in HD and Spanish language SAP where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area, visit http://www.versus.com/findversus.

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Maturity takes Noah Thomas from banished to big time

Noah Thomas fought nine times in 2006, going 6-3. The Ultimate Fighter veteran was a guest on The INFO episode 32.

WEC fighter Noah Thomas stopped by The INFO last week to discuss a number of topics including his military background, his current WEC status, and how he was able to get back in Zuffa’s good graces after his “street fight” with Marlon Sims on The Ultimate Fighter season five.

Thomas credits his time in the Marines as really helping him to mature and find direction in his life. “I always tell everyone that I was born in Colorado and raised in the Marine Corps,” said Thomas. “Not to take anything away from my parents, but the military helped me become the man I am, the drive and focus to be a mixed martial artist.”

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“WEC 41: Faber vs. Brown 2” live results and play-by-play

WEC 41: FABER vs. BROWN 2 takes place Sunday night June 7, 2009 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. The World Extreme Cagefighting Featherweight Title is on the line once again as the champion, Mike Brown, gives number one contender Urijah Faber one more shot at the gold.

Also on the card is the return of “Lil’ Evil” Jens Pulver as he tries to prove he is still relevant among MMA’s elite competition. Other notable names on the card include “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone, Cub Swanson, Manny Gamburyan, and Antonio Banuelos. As always, PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing live round-by-round updates and results.

WEC 41 quick results:
(FW TITLE) Mike Brown def. Urijah Faber by unanimous decision
(FW) Jose Aldo def. Cub Swanson by flying knee knockout rd1
(LW) Donald Cerrone def. James Krause by rear naked choke rd1
(FW) Josh Grispi def. Jens Pulver by guillotine choke rd1
(FW) Manny Gamburyan def. John Franchi by unanimous decision
(BW) Rafael Rebello def. Kyle Dietz by rear naked choke rd1
(LW) Anthony Pettis def. Mike Campbell by triangle choke rd1
(BW) Antonio Banuelos def. Scott Jorgensen by split decision
(BW) Frank Gomez def. Noah Thomas by arm triangle rd2
(BW) Rolando Perez def. Seth Dikum by triangle choke rd1

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Manny Gamburyan happy to be in WEC featherweight division

After years of competing at higher weight classes, Manny Gamburyan (10-5) at only 5’5″ has been fighting an uphill battle most of his career. On June 7th that will all change when the Armenian MMA fighter makes his WEC debut and steps in to face undefeated New York native John Franchi (5-0) at featherweight (145 lbs.).

In a new press release PRO MMA (promma.info) received Tuesday from the WEC, Gamburyan, an Ultimate Fighter season five finalist, talks about making the move from fighting in the UFC lightweight division to the WEC’s featherweight division, “At 155 I was pretty shredded, so at 145 I’ll be way shredded. I’ll probably be able to overpower people more with my strength, but I’m still not going to fight with my muscles. I’ll fight with my head and use my techniques more than anything. My style is to always attack. I’m always going to attack you whether I get knocked out or knock you out.”

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WEC announces remaining bouts for “Brown vs. Faber 2” on June 7

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified by the WEC on Wednesday of the full fight card  for “Brown vs. Faber 2” scheduled to take place at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California on Sunday, June 7 and to air live on Versus.

In the main event, former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber will get the opportunity to win back the title Mike Thomas Brown took from him last November. Also on the card is Jens Pulver, who is looking to get back in the win column, and Manny Gamburyan who will be making his WEC featherweight debut.

Another fighter making their WEC debut on this card is 13-0 undefeated bantamweight Kyle Dietz, who trains out of Spencer Fisher’s camp in Moline, Illinois. Here is the full line-up:

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Manny Gamburyan adding more depth to WEC’s 145 divison

“The Ultimate Fighter” 5 runner up, Manny Gamburyan will be leaving the UFC, and heading to the talent rich 145 lb. division of the WEC. This isn’t the first time that talk of a move to 145 for Manny has been reported.

Following Gamburyan’s bout with Rob Emerson at UFC 87, the UFC brass suggested that Manny take the step down to featherweight and join the ranks of top contenders in the WEC. Manny stayed put at the time, but following his latest set back in his fight against Thiago Tavares, he finally made the decision to drop from the lightweight division in the UFC to the featherweight division in the WEC.

Gamburyan will go from being a small lightweight, to one of the bigger and stronger 145’ers, joining the ever expanding featherweight division in the WEC. With the emergence of Mike Brown, and with former champ Urijah Faber, Waggney Fabiano, Leonard Garcia, and an exciting young fighter like Jose Aldo; the match ups are nearly endless.

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UFC 94: ST. PIERRE vs PENN 2 – photographs

UFC 94: ST. PIERRE vs PENN 2 took place on Jan. 31, 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Georges St. Pierre retained his UFC Welterweight Title against UFC Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn who moved up in weight in an attempt to capture two belts in two different weight classes.

UFC 94: ST. PIERRE vs PENN 2 results & round-by-round commentary

UFC 94: ST. PIERRE vs PENN 2 takes place tonight, Jan. 31, 2009, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. B.J. Penn, the UFC Lightweight Champion, has moved up to welterweight to try and grab a second title to add to his collection from Georges St. Pierre.

PRELIMINARY CARD QUICK RESULTS:
(WW) Dan Cramer def. Matt Arroyo by split decision
(LHW) Jake O’Brien def. Christian Wellisch by split decision
(WW) John Howard def. Chris Wilson by split decision
(LW) Thiago Tavares def. Manny Gamburyan by unanimous decision
(WW) Jon Fitch def. Akihiro Gono by unanimous decision

MAIN CARD QUICK RESULTS: 
(LHW) Jon Jones def. Stephan Bonnar by unanimous decision
(LW) Clay Guida def. Nate Diaz by split decision
(WW) Karo Parisyan def. Dong Hyun Kim by split decision
(LHW) Lyoto Machida def. Thiago Silva by KO in rd.1
(WW) Georges St. Pierre def. B.J. Penn by TKO in rd.4

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UFC 94 pre-fight interviews (video)

Here’s a host of video interviews with many of the fighters that will be appearing on the UFC 94 card this weekend. Enjoy.
MACHIDA vs SILVA

more UFC 94 pre-fight video interviews after the jump…

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UFC 87: SEEK AND DESTROY – AUGUST 9, 2008 – LIVE RESULTS & PLAY-BY-PLAY

by: Jack Bratcher

Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia (middleweight)

Rd.1 – They both come out trading punches. Maia pulls guard. Maia looking for a triangle. Rogan has already called it over. MacDonald is out of the triangle and takes Maia’s back with hooks in. Maia escapes a rear naked choke attempt. Back in Maia’s full guard. Shoulder strikes by MacDonald. MacDonald postures up and lands some shots. MacDonald has a deep guilatine. Maia is bleeding. Maia escapes and takes MacDonald’s back with rear naked choke in. Wow. MacDonald survived! Amazing! Amazing!
Rd.2 – Maia catches MacDonald with a left. Clinched up. Maia throws some knees then takes MacDonald down. Maia is on top and in full mount. Elbows by Maia. Big punches by Maia. Big elbows. Maia still with the ground and pound. Still in full mount for over a minute. MacDonald hanging on from the bottom. MacDonald pops out but Maia has his arm; he’s out. MacDonald on top now in half guard looking to pass as the bell sounds.
Rd.3 – MacDonald lands a punch and Maia gets the takedown. MacDonald reverses and gets on top. MacDonald’s corner told him not to play this ground game with Maia but he still is. Maia sweeps and ends up in full mount. Elbows from the top. MacDonald gives up his back. Maia still striking from MacDonald’s back. Maia sinks in the choke and MacDonald taps, too exhausted to defend I imagine.

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