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Live From American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Sunday, March 1 Tickets Go On Sale January 19th at 10 a.m. CT

World Extreme Cagefighting® is heading to Texas – and it’s bringing two title matches to the Lone Star state. WEC® is proud to announce the main event and the co-main event for WEC: Brown vs. Garcia, featuring WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown making his first title defense against No. 1 contender Leonard Garcia and WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit once again facing the dangerous Brock Larson live from the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

Tickets for World Extreme Cagefighting go on sale at 10 a.m. CT Monday, January 19 and will be priced at $32.50, $47.50, $77.50 and $127.50. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to WEC newsletter subscribers Friday, January 16 starting at 10am CT. To access this presale, users must register for the WEC newsletter through Tickets will be available for purchase through the American Bank Center Box Office, online at or by calling Ticketmaster at 361-881-8499.

World Extreme Cagefighting will be televised live nationally on VERSUS beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. All live WEC events are presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area, visit

There are very few fighters who are riding higher than Mike Brown (5’6”/145 lbs., fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) right now. The 33-year-old earned a devastating TKO victory over what seemed to be an indestructible Urijah Faber to earn the WEC featherweight championship last November. Now Brown will fight in his first title defense and not only puts up the title but an impressive 20-4 mixed martial arts record.

“I’m feeling good,” Brown said. “I like the matchup. I want big fights and Leonard’s a big name. I started training hard again a few weeks ago and I feel great. I’m 33, I’m not getting any younger so I want to fight the biggest names.”

Brown will need to get right to work when the champion stares across the cage at Texas fighter Leonard Garcia (5’10”/145 lbs., fighting out of Lubbock, Texas). Garcia, 16-3, is undefeated in three WEC matches and is coming off an impressive first-round TKO victory against MMA veteran Jens Pulver. The 29-year-old Garcia is no stranger to exciting matchups. His 2007 fight against Roger Huerta at UFC® 69, was immortalized on the front cover of Sports Illustrated. Now the WEC’s top featherweight contender focuses on the biggest match of his career.

“I was expecting to fight in his backyard,” said the Plainview, Texas native. “I didn’t care. Like I told my manager, I’ll go to his house and fight. It feels good to fight in Texas. Being that I have a huge Hispanic following, it’s going to be a great night in Corpus Christi. He’s a big strong guy. He’s got the ability to hold you down and punish you.”

There’s been one man that has completely dominated the WEC’s 170-pound division and that man is Welterweight champion Carlos Condit (6’2”/170 lbs., fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.). With a first-round submission victory against Larson in 2007, Condit will be coming in with plenty of confidence. At only 24, the champion has compiled a 21-4 record and is 5-0 in the WEC with four wins coming via submission and one by TKO. Now the champion faces a man he knows all too well.

“I am excited for the matchup,” Condit said. “The first time out I was able to make it a short night. Since then he has evolved as a fighter and he is a very dangerous opponent. I think my new training camp will help me be better prepared for a very tough Brock Larson. I feel like I am facing the top 170-pounder in the WEC. Brock has been on fire as of late and I expect him to give me a very tough fight.”

Title shots are a luxury that some fighters never receive; and Brock Larson (5’11”/170 lbs., fighting out of Brainerd, Minn.), who has won his last two fights since losing to Condit, knows that a second shot at the belt is something that cannot be wasted.

“I’m confident that there’s going to be a different outcome,” Larson said. “I’ve been in there and felt how strong he is or isn’t. I’ve got everything to gain and he’s got everything to lose. I’ve got a lot more confidence and I know it’s going to be a war. I’m training for 25 minutes of hell. There’s no need to finish a fight in the first round. I’m going to go in there and do my thing. I’m going to slow it down, win the fight more strategically.”

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