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Paulo Filho to defend WEC middleweight title on Dec. 12

World Extreme Cagefighting has officially announced four matches for their next card on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

The year end show for the Zuffa-owned promotion will feature three title matches with “The Californian Kid” Urijah Faber defending the WEC featherweight title against Jeff Curran and Doug “Rhino” Marshall putting his WEC light heavyweight title on the line against Ariel Gandulla.

paulo_filhoThe promotion has also announced that Paulo Filho will be on the card defending the WEC middleweight title against an opponent that will be announced in the future.

Filho had been rumored at one point to be defending the title against former UFC welterweight title contender Frank Trigg. can confirm that the WEC did have interest at one point but that a deal was unable to be finalized.

It’s uncertain as to whether Trigg fighting on the card is a possibility but he did not paint an optimistic appraisal of the situation several weeks back during “The Scott Ferrall Show” on Sirius Satellite Radio. Trigg claimed the talk was nothing more than “rumors” and expressed a belief that Zuffa wasn’t interested in signing him.

The WEC has also officially announced the former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver will debut for the promotion on the Dec. 12 show. He will be taking on a game opponent in Cub Swanson.

Tickets for the event go on sale on Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m. ET. The show will be televised on the Versus Network starting at 9 p.m. ET.

  • Davey D says:

    I was hoping to see Brian Stann has Marshall’s next oppenent. They are on a collision course to throwdown. It’s good to see there are 3 belts on the line since their November show was scraped. Plus, with the return of Pulver against Sawnson. This should be one hell of a fight night.

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    This is a solid line up of fights. You could probably say that the WEC is the second biggest organisation in MMA. Even though i reckon the WEC should just remove their middleweight division.

    I mean they dont run that many shows a year, and it leaves them with champions on hold for long periods of time. Without their middleweight division they could just be absorbed by the UFC and leave the WEC free to show off some younger lighter talent.

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  • jjdnb says:

    Why doesnt Jens just retire and start training and managing fighters? He’s so washed up, it hurts me to watch his fights now.

  • Evan says:

    Slow down there jjdnb! I am sure he still has a lot to offer still. The UFC wisely placed him in the WEC to beter match talent. He still has right to fight and people still want to see him. I know I do.

    What makes you think he can manage fighters? You should read his book, its not in his background to do something like that.

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  • MMAStation says:

    I predict Cub will beat pulver!

  • Cory77530 says:

    Yes I agree this WEC card is the best they’ve had since Zuffa took over….I still think Filho should be in the UFC as bad as that weight class is right now….I agree Brian Stann should be in line for a title shot soon….He’s been lighting people up since he came on the scene….It is not hard to root for a AMERICAN HERO…Also Faber better not go into that fight thinking its a piece of cake Jeff Curran is no slouch..Thats my opinion and Im sticking to it

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