WEC 46 Immediate Reaction

WEC 46 featured a lightweight title bout between Jamie Varner and Benson Henderson. Urijah Faber looked to get back on track againt top-ten ranked Raphael Assuncao. Two wrestlers squared off at Kamal Shalorus took on Dave Jansen. Mike Brown also returned for the first time since he lost his featherweight title. Check out some immediate reaction from ProMMA.info.

Jamie Varner vs. Benson Henderson
The title fight between Jamie Varner and Benson Henderson did not have very much offense. Varner seemed to have the advantage with his hands and in the clinch, while Henderson scored with kicks. Varner won the first round with some good grappling control and a close guillotine choke. The second round was a textbook 10-10 round as neither fighter got any of their offense going. In the third Varner shot for a double leg, and Henderson locked in a tight arm-in guillotine and quickly got the tap.

Both fighters showed what they need to work on. Henderson needs to improve his striking game. He backed straight up when Varner came forward with strikes and barley landed any punches. A rematch between Donald Cerrone and Henderon should be just as exciting a their first match up last year.

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WEC 46 live results

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Follow along with us here at ProMMA.info for live results from tonight’s “WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson” event live from the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Tonight’s card, includes a lightweight championship main event between title-holder Jamie Varner and interim champ Benson Henderson, to unify the lightweight title, as well as Urijah … Read more

WEC 46 weigh-in results

SACRAMENTO – All 22 competitors successfully make weight for “WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson” which takes place Sunday evening at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. ProMMA.info (www.promma.info) will provide live real time results and play-by-play commentary of the event beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET. The main card will air live on VERSUS at 9 … Read more

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

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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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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