PRO MMA (promma.info) is back with yet another video cram session. On Sunday WEC returns with WEC 40. Bantamweight champion Miguel Torres will put his title on the line versus Japanese Takeya Mizugaki, and there is also an under card loaded with enjoyable sub-lightweight fights. This session includes Raphael Assuncao’s controversial showdown with Jeff Curran, a look back at Shane Roller’s wrestling career, Takeya Mizugaki in Cage Force, and more!
The weigh-ins for WEC: TORRES vs. MIZUGAKI took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Chicago, Illinois today, April 4th, at 4:00pm CT/2:00pm PT. All but one made weight, although three fighters had to remove their shorts to make their fight weight limit. Mike Budnik weighed in at 149 pounds; three pounds over the 146 pound bantamweight limit.
“The Big Frog” Jeff Curran will be making his bantamweight debut Sunday night as he faces Team Alpha Male fighter and Urijah Faber-trained prospect, Joseph Benavidez. The veteran, Curran, will have his hands full with Benavidez who is undefeated at 9-0.
PRO MMA (promma.info) recently spoke to Jeff Curran (29-10-1), one of the WEC’s top fighters who will be in Chicago this Sunday night, April 5th, at WEC 40: TORRES vs. MIZUGAKI, taking on Joseph Benavidez.
Jeff talks about his training leading up to this fight, how he plans to deal with Benavidez, and how the bad blood between he and WEC Bantamweight Champion, Miguel Torres, got started.
The “Big Frog” also lets us know how he got that nickname and opens up about his relationship and feelings regarding the late Charles Lewis Jr. a.k.a. “Mask” from Tapout. Jeff even lets us in on his secret workout music that really pumps him up and prepares him for battle. You may be surprised.
PRO MMA (promma.info) was on hand Thursday as Miguel Torres, Joseph Benavidez, and Jeff Curran joined the MMA media on a conference call to talk about WEC 40: TORRES vs. MIZUGAKI set for April 5th in Chicago, Illinois. The fighters fielded questions on a number of topics including what it meant for Torres to be … Read more
PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from WEC officials that Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Anthony Pettis (6-0, 0-0 WEC) has been injured and will be replaced by the much more experienced Bart Palaszewski (30-12, 1-1 WEC) at WEC 40 on April 5th.
Palaszewski will now face Pettis’s original opponent, Art of War champion, Anthony Njokuani (9-2, WEC 0-1) on the undercard of the Chicago event headlined by Miguel Torres (35-1, WEC 4-0)) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2, WEC 0-0). Fans watching the Njokuani vs. Palaszewskifight should prepare themselves for what is likely to be a stand up war. Almost half of the wins of both fighter have come from knockouts.
PRO MMA (promma.info) received the following press release from the WEC today regarding UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir’s opinion of WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world. For those who have heard Mir commentate one of Torres’ fights, his opinion of the WEC champ was most likely evident. Torres will be defending his title against Takeya Mizugaki on April 5th in Chicago.
UFC® Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir has faced some of the toughest competition in the world. From 6’3”, 265-pound monster Brock Lesnar to the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tim Sylvia, Mir has defeated his opponents using precision punching and superior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With such an impressive resume, Mir is rightfully regarded as one of the sport’s best fighters.
Bantamweight contenders, Jeff Curran and Joseph Benavidez will face off in Chicago on Sunday, April 5th, as the co-main event to WEC 40’s Torres vs. Mizugaki. Curran and Benavidez will be fighting to stay alive in the hunt for a WEC Bantamweight Title shot. Ranked as a number seven featherweight, Curran a.k.a. “Big Frog”, is dropping to bantamweight’s 135 pound division after giving up two straight at 145 pounds. A win for Benavidez would give him ten straight victories with no defeats and bring that WEC title shot within reach. PRO MMA (promma.info) received the following press release on Monday describing this WEC Bantamweight match-up.
Twenty-five year-old Japanese MMA star Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2) is coming to America to face Miguel Angel Torres (35-1) for the WEC Bantamweight Title on April 5. Mizugaki is expecting a rude welcome as he steps inside the cage in Torres’ hometown of Chicago.
PRO MMA (promma.info) received a statement today in which Mizugaki stated through his manager/translator Shur Hirata, “Fighting in the WEC, fighting in the states, challenging the champion at his hometown, it’s an ultimate ‘away’ fight. I am expecting huge booing from the fans, and on top of that, it’s going to be a five-rounder. Everything about this fight is ‘first time’ for me so I am really looking forward to it.”
WEC 40 takes place on Sunday, April 5, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. PRO MMA (promma.info) received confirmation today on the complete fight line up for this event. The main event features a WEC Bantamweight Title fight between Champion Miguel Torres (35-1) as he takes on Shooto and Cage Force veteran, Takeya Mizugaki (11-2), who will be making his WEC debut.
Also on the main card is a featherweight match-up with “The Big Frog” Jeff Curran (35-10-1) taking on Team Alpha Male prospect Joseph Benavidez (9-0). Manny Tapia (10-1-1) also returns after giving up a second round TKO to Miguel Torres at WEC 37. Tapia will be trying to get back in the win column against Akitoshi Tamura (12-7-2).
The management of Brian Bowles’ (7-0) has confirmed with PRO MMA (promma.info) that due to a back injury incurred while training at ATT in Florida, the WEC top bantamweight contender has pulled out of his fight with champion Miguel Torres (35-1) set for WEC 40 on April 5th.
The WEC has already named a replacement in number 6th ranked bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2), who just happens to be making his WEC debut. This will also be his first time fighting in the United States as he has been a mainstay in the GCM Cage Force promotion in his native Japan and he is also a Shooto veteran.