24-year-old Dominick Cruz looks to earn first world title on Saturday

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – When bantamweight Dominick Cruz speaks of the sacrifices he’s made to get to Saturday’s world title fight against champion Brian Bowles at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, you can tell that there’s more at stake for him than a shiny gold belt. You quickly see that this isn’t your typical … Read more

World Extreme Cagefighting announces star-studded event on March 6

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The city of Columbus, Ohio has a tradition of showcasing some of the best in the worlds of fitness, bodybuilding, martial arts, and wrestling during the first weekend of March. The recent trend of premier mixed martial arts competition invading Ohio continues this year, as World Extreme Cagefighting® brings the greatest lighter weight fighters in the sport to Nationwide Arena.

On Saturday, March 6, 2010, WEC heads to Columbus, Ohio with a stacked card headlined by a world bantamweight title fight between champion Brian Bowles and number one contender Dominick Cruz. What’s more, WEC’s first trip to Columbus features the return of former bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres, as well as the comeback of former UFC® lightweight titleholder Jens Pulver.

“We are really excited to bring our event to Columbus on the same weekend as The Arnold Sports Festival,” WEC General Manager Reed Harris said. “Knowing that the weekend draws tens of thousands of the sporting world’s best athletes and enthusiasts to Columbus, WEC is proud to present the best of the best in the lighter weight classes in an event that is a ‘can’t miss’ for MMA fans.”

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Official UFC 96 weigh-in results

All fighters successfully made weight today at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE. UFC 96 features a main event light heavyweight bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. Jackson came in right at the 205lbs. mark and Jardine was one pound under. In a highly anticipated heavyweight match-up, Shane Carwin at 259.5lbs., came in three pounds heavier than his opponent, Gabriel Gonzaga. UFC 96 will air live on pay-per-view beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. PRO MMA (promma.info) will have live round-by-round updates and fight results during the broadcast.

Full weigh-in results & photos after the jump…

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UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE in-depth preview

UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE takes place this Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The card is headlined by two top-ranked light heavyweights, Keith Jardine and Quinton Jackson who are battling for the division’s top contender status. PRO MMA (http://promma.info) will be providing live round by round coverage of UFC 96 starting at 9pm CST/7pm PST Saturday night.

Aaron Riley (27-10-1, 1-2 UFC) vs. Shane Nelson (11-3, 1-0 UFC)
At twenty-eight years old, Aaron Riley has a ton of experience. He first appeared in the UFC back in 2002 at UFC 37 where he lost a decision to Robbie Lawler. His most recent Octagon appearance was a unanimous decision victory at UFC 91 where he became one more fighter to use Jorge Gurgel to help build their name. Riley is a submission specialist, having won nearly half his fights by making his opponents tap out.

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