WORLD EXTREME CAGEFIGHTING® ANNOUNCES
BIGGEST FIGHT IN WEC® HISTORY
WEC PRESENTS: BROWN VS. FABER II
From ARCO ARENA in Sacramento, California, Sunday, June 7;
First Bout at 3 p.m. PT
Fight to Air Live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT
Tickets Go On Sale Thursday, April 2, at 10 a.m. PT
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – On Sunday, June 7, World Extreme Cagefighting® returns to the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA with one of the most anticipated rematches in mixed martial arts history: Brown vs. Faber II. Looking to prove that his title win in 2008 was no fluke, WEC® featherweight champion Mike Brown defends the crown against former 145-pound king Urijah "The California Kid" Faber.
Tickets for Brown vs. Faber II go on sale Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m. PT and will be priced at $40, $75, $135, and $200. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to WEC newsletter subscribers on Tuesday, March 31 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the WEC newsletter through wec.tv. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting the ARCO Arena Box Office. Tickets also are available online through www.wec.tv or www.ticketmaster.com.
Presented by Bud Light®, Brown vs. Faber II 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.
After shocking the world last November with a first round technical knockout of then-champion Faber, Brown has cemented himself as one of the toughest fighters in the sport. In his last fight in March, the American Top Team-trained Brown steamrolled highly-regarded challenger Leonard Garcia, dropping the Texas native with menacing strikes before submitting him in just under two minutes. That win, coupled with victories over Faber and perennial contender Jeff Curran, has Brown riding a nine-fight winning streak. Now, the Maine-born Brown looks to prove that his win over Faber had nothing to do with luck.
“There will always be people that say stuff like that,” Brown said in reference to thoughts that his win over Faber was a fluke. “I think with the Garcia fight I proved that I was no joke. I’ve fought a long time and a lot of good guys. So it’s not a new thing that I’m fighting at this level. This is an important fight. He’s in a tough spot because if he loses, where does he go from there?”
One of the most dominant champions in WEC® history, Sacramento’s Faber (22-2) is more determined than ever to reclaim the featherweight title. After dropping the title to Brown, Faber doled out one of the finest performances of his career in his next bout in January, submitting Jens Pulver in one minute and 34 seconds. The 29-year-old star now turns his attention to Brown, and more importantly, showing the world that he is still the best 145-pound fighter in the world.
“I’m really excited to get this title shot,” Faber said. “I had the belt for a long time and I’m eager to get some redemption. I think the biggest thing is I have to be a little more careful. The last time I got caught for being careless. I sort of live by the sword and die by the sword. He’s one of the best fighters in the world, so I need to be on my game and not his game and not make mistakes.”
Pitting the top two 145-pounders in the world against one another, Brown vs. Faber II is without question, the biggest featherweight fight in MMA history. Given that neither fighter has a glaring weakness, fans at the Arco Arena will witness firsthand the crowning of the sport’s best featherweight. Both fighters understand the magnitude of the event and are training hard to rule the 145-pound throne.
“I want big fights and this is a big one,” Brown said. “He’s still one of the best guys in the weight class and it’s what the fans want to see, so I’m down.”
“I’m not a big planner when I get in there and fight,” Faber said. “But he’s a tough fighter and I’m training hard for this. I want my belt back.”
Remaining bouts for WEC 41 will be announced at a later date. For more information about current WEC fight news, visit wec.tv.