The Feb. 13 WEC will feature New Mexico's Carlos Condit (Pictures)
in a 170-pound title defense and
Arizona's Jamie Varner
in a 155-pound title shot.
However, the fights that you may not see on the WEC live broadcast
are also filled with top fighters from the neighboring states.
A fight booked to be a showstopper pits Arizona's Del Hawkins (Pictures) against Albuquerque bantamweight
Coty Wheeler. Hawkins
fights with a solid wrestling base. Wheeler, on the other hand, can
throw a variety of submissions at his opponent. The duel on the
ground will decide the outcome of this contest.
The WEC will also welcome Leonard Garcia (Pictures) back to the featherweight
division. A native of Plainview, Texas, Garcia will not have a
chance to dip his toes back into the weight-class pool when he
faces off with perennial top-five contender Hiroyuki Takaya (Pictures).
Arizona's Jesse Moreng
(Pictures) was scheduled for the
opening match at the WEC, but he has withdrawn from his 135-pound
bout against Scott
Jorgenson (Pictures) due to a broken right foot.
"He was going for the takedown -- it wasn't even a bad move -- and
he just felt a snap," Gustavo Dantas, Moreng's BJJ
coach and the head jiu-jitsu instructor for Arizona Combat Sports,
told Sherdog.com. "He sat out one round and kept going. He kept
saying how it was hurting, and it kept getting worse."
According to Dantas, Moreng hurt his right foot last week but did
not discover it was broken until getting an MRI on Feb. 7.
"He tried to train [Thursday] thinking he just could fight through
it, but there was no way," Dantas said. "He couldn't stop shots or
anything. There is always a chance for injuries when you're
training a lot and cutting weight."
The UFC heavyweight division recently acquired an athletic prospect
out of Colorado. Denver's Shane Carwin (Pictures), who stands 6-foot-4 and walks
around at 280 pounds, should debut in the Octagon in May or
Carwin's last win took place at Ring of Fire 30 in December, when
he ran through UFC vet Sherman Pendergarst.
A few weeks ago he seemed set to fight Antonio Silva in an
EliteXC-promoted bout. After negotiations fell apart, it was the
UFC that called the Ring of Fire heavyweight champion.
In MMA the demand for heavyweight talent is always high, as the
supply continues to become scarce. Carwin upped his stock by
closing out 2007 on a three-fight win streak that pushed his record
to 8-0. Now he is excited about signing with the biggest promotion
in the sport.
"I love this sport and have a passion for it which gives me
motivation to improve," said Carwin, a longtime training partner of
veteran Ron Waterman
(Pictures). "I will keep training my
ass off and continue to learn and become a better fighter. Signing
with the UFC means better competition, and I am extremely excited
for this opportunity."
AZ Combat Sports member and former Arizona State University
wrestling product C.B. Dollaway has been chosen for the upcoming
middleweight edition of "The Ultimate Fighter," according to
sources close to the fighter.
Dollaway, who hails from Mt. Gilead, Ohio, was a junior college
star at Colby College in Kansas. Wrestling at 184 pounds for ASU,
Dollaway placed second in the PAC-10 each of his final two years
with the Sun Devils.
In his 14-month MMA career, Dollaway has amassed a 6-0 record that
includes a victory over Hans
Marrero (Pictures) at the first HDNet Fights
Don Frye (Pictures) returned stateside Jan. 26 to
headline No Limits' first foray into the state of Texas. The MMA
legend turned advice columnist shared the main event billing with
journeyman Bryan Pardoe
(Pictures), who is infamous for
fighting Frank Shamrock
(Pictures)'s in the WEC.
In typical Frye fashion, he charged Pardoe upon hearing the opening
bell and unleashed a flurry of punches that dropped his opponent
less than 10 seconds into the fight. Looking for the knockout, Frye
briefly paused before pouncing on Pardoe. He then locked in a front
choke before ending the fight with strikes from the top
Warriors Collide II is scheduled for Feb. 9 in Pueblo, Colo., 100
miles south of Denver. The main event features a solid
featherweight fight between local Manuel Gallardo against
The next week, on Feb. 16 in Pharr, Texas, E3 Promotions will give
south Texas a card titled "New Blood." Austin native James King and undefeated John Springer are scheduled to
Back in Colorado, Battlequest returns to the Denver area on Feb. 22
with a 10-fight lineup. The final bout of the evening will feature
Colorado Springs' Brett Roller versus Tyler Tone.
A pro-am show at the Dickerson's Event Center in Las Cruces, N.M.,
closes out the month on February 23.
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