7 Fights Signed for WEC 53
Ivan Menjivar (right) : Jeff Sherwood | Sherdog.com
Menjivar will meet former Cage Rage champion Brad
Pickett in a key bantamweight matchup at WEC
53 “Henderson vs. Pettis” on Dec. 16 at the Jobing.com Arena in
Glendale, Ariz. Seven fights have been greenlit for the event,
which will air live on the Versus network.
Menjivar last appeared under the Warrior-1 MMA banner in June, when
he submitted Aaron
Miller with a first-round triangle choke at the Pierre
Charbonneau Centre in Montreal; it was his first fight in nearly
four years. Wins over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 semi-finalist
Lauzon, UFC veteran Jeff Curran
and 2009 Dream welterweight grand prix semi-finalist Hideo Tokoro
anchor the 28-year-old Montreal native’s resume. Menjivar has
delivered 16 of his 21 career victories by knockout, technical
knockout or submission. Only Jason Black
and reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges
St. Pierre have finished him in 28 professional
Anchored at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., Pickett has
posted nine wins in 10 fights, losing only to the world-ranked
Jorgensen in that span. A potent finisher, the 32-year-old
Englishman has secured 15 of his 19 career victories by KO, TKO or
submission. Pickett has not lost back-to-back bouts in more than
A pair of five-round title bouts will headline WEC 53, as
lightweight champion Benson
Henderson defends against Duke Roufus protégé Anthony
Pettis and bantamweight titleholder Dominick
Cruz squares off with Jorgensen, the top contender at 135
pounds. The event will also feature lightweight matchups pairing
Cerrone with Chris
Horodecki and former WEC champion Jamie Varner
Henderson vs. Anthony
Cruz vs. Scott
Cerrone vs. Chris
Varner vs. Shane
Menjivar vs. Brad
Castillo vs. Will Kerr
Renan do Nascimento Mota Pegado vs. Chris
Palaszewski vs. Kamal
Quan Zhang vs. Daniel
Alcantara vs. Ricardo
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