WORLD EXTREME CAGEFIGHTING® ANNOUNCES
REMAINING BOUTS FOR JUNE 7 CARD IN SACARAMENTO
JOSE ALDO VS. CUB SWANSON
DONALD CERRONE VS. JAMES KRAUSE
JENS PULVER VS. JOSH GRISPI
MANVEL GAMBURYAN VS. JOHN FRANCHI
CHARLIE VALENCIA VS. KYLE DIETZ
MIKE CAMPBELL VS. ANTHONY PETTIS
SCOTT JORGENSEN VS. ANTONIO BANUELOS
EDDIE WINELAND VS. FRANK GOMEZ
ROLANDO PEREZ VS. SETH DIKUN
From ARCO ARENA in Sacramento, California, Sunday, June 7;
Tickets On Sale NOW
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts for WEC: Brown vs. Faber II live from ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA on Sunday, June 7.
Tickets for Brown vs. Faber II are on sale now and priced at $40, $75, $135, and $200. 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.
In addition to the featherweight title bout between champion Mike Brown (21-4) and Sacramento’s Urijah Faber (22-2), nine other bouts round out a stacked card in California.
Before Brown and Faber lock horns in one of the most anticipated fights in WEC history, featherweight contenders Jose Aldo and Cub Swanson do battle in a bout that may very well determine the next in line for a title shot. Undefeated in the WEC at 4-0 with four knockout victories, the Brazilian Aldo (14-1) has cemented himself as a rising star in the 145-pound division. In his last fight in March, the 22-year-old scored a menacing first-round stoppage victory over Chris Mickle. He’ll put his winning streak on the line against gifted ground expert Swanson. A winner of three out of his last four bouts, Swanson (13-2) is a gritty performer with a knack for submissions. No stranger to fighting through adversity, Swanson waged war with Hiroyuki Takaya in his last bout in December and earned an impressive, unanimous decision victory. The 25-year-old Californian will look to get one step closer to the featherweight title with a win over Aldo.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (9-1, 1 NC) hopes a June win over undefeated newcomer James Krause (10-0) earns him another shot at the WEC lightweight title. Having come ever so close to defeating champion Jamie Varner in January, the heavy-handed Cerrone believes a win over Missouri’s Krause will solidify a second title opportunity. The task of beating Krause will not be easy though. With 10 stoppage victories, only one of which went past the first round, the submission-savvy Krause will look to outgun “Cowboy” at the ARCO Arena.
One of the sport’s most recognizable personalities returns at Brown vs. Faber II to take on one of MMA’s best prospects. Former UFC lightweight champion and MMA legend Jens Pulver (22-11-1) enters the cage on a mission to knock off once-beaten Bostonian Josh Grispi (12-1). Only a year removed from pushing Faber to the limit in Sacramento last June, the 34-year-old Pulver vows to show the knockout power and pedigree that have made him one of the most feared strikers in the world. The 20-year-old Grispi understands Pulver’s thirst for a knockout and is prepared to trade leather with the future Hall of Famer. A refined striker with an equally competent ground game, Grispi hopes to build a legacy of his own by defeating Pulver.
The Ultimate Fighter® Season Five runner-up Manvel Gamburyan (10-5) makes his WEC featherweight debut when he takes on unbeaten John Franchi (5-0). Known for his judo throws and effectiveness inside an opponent’s guard, Hollywood, California’s Gamburyan drops to 145-pounds and becomes an instant contender at featherweight. He hopes to make a great first impression against the 26-year-old Franchi. Training out of Cortland, NY, Franchi earned a hard-fought decision victory over Mike Budnik in his WEC debut in March. Riding the momentum of his first WEC win, Franchi plans to offer Gamburyan a rude welcome to the 145-pound class when the two collide in June.
Exciting bantamweights Kyle Dietz (13-0) and Charlie Valencia (10-5) meet in what many think could be a free-swinging barnburner. Fighting out of Bettendorf, IA, Dietz has quickly gained a steady following on the Midwest bantamweight scene. A punishing ground fighter with crisp standup, Dietz is looking to make a name for himself in the WEC by besting the veteran Valencia. A seasoned fighter with good wrestling and one punch knockout power, Valencia believes he can use his experience to outwit and overpower the 22-year-old Dietz. Recording a unanimous decision win over Seth Dikun in his last bout in January, Ontario, California’s Valencia is determined to move himself another rung up the bantamweight ladder with a win on June 7.
Anthony Pettis (6-0) brings his ferocious standup game to the WEC lightweight division with hopes of one day fighting for the title. The 22-year-old, nicknamed “Showtime,” will face a stern test in his WEC debut when he takes on the powerful Mike Campbell (6-1). A certified strength and conditioning coach who trains at Mark DellaGrote’s famed SitYodTong gym in Massachusetts, Campbell has devastating hands and the stamina to outlast most opponents. The former welterweight looks to make a splash in the 155-pound division when he takes on Pettis at ARCO Arena.
Fighting out of “The Pit” in San Luis Obispo, California, bantamweight Antonio Banuelos (16-5) brings an aggressive ground-and-pound game into his bout against the rugged Scott Jorgensen (6-2). A close friend and training partner of former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, the 29-year-old Banuelos is ready to emulate “The Iceman’s” success. With heavy hands and a solid wrestling background, Banuelos hopes a win will show that he has the skill sets to contend for the world title. With two straight victories over Kenji Osawa and Frank Gomez, the 26-year-old Jorgensen could be Banuelos’s toughest match to date though. Touting excellent wrestling, supreme conditioning, and a relentless approach, Jorgensen is a dangerous competitor capable of ending the fight both on the ground and on the feet.
Training under the tutelage of Greg Jackson, the same man who shaped the careers of stars such as Keith Jardine, Rashad Evans, and Georges St-Pierre, 23-year-old Frank Gomez (6-1) has proved himself to be a rising prospect in the bantamweight division. The Las Vegas-born Gomez looks to earn his first win in the WEC when he takes on former 135-pound champion Eddie Wineland (14-6-1). A full-time firefighter in Indiana, Wineland’s strength and aggressiveness have posed problems for many of the 24-year-old’s past opponents. With solid hands and a slick ground game, Wineland hopes a win over Gomez puts him back on track to reclaim the bantamweight crown.
Victorville, California’s Seth Dikun (6-3) is a tough matchup for anyone at 135 pounds. Standing 5’10” and boasting a significant reach, the former member of the Armed Forces is a scrappy fighter who loves to engage. His willingness to trade punches will be put to the test when he battles Chula Vista, California’s Rolando Perez (4-2-1). Training in the same camp as UFC vet Brandon Vera and WEC featherweight Dominick Cruz, Perez is cutting to bantamweight with the aim of fighting the top stars in the division. Given that both share an affinity for striking, the Dikun-Perez clash could become an instant classic.