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Full Preview of Wednesday’s WEC Card

While Wednesday’s WEC card (9 p.m. ET on Versus) lacks marquee name such as Jens Pulver or Urijah Faber, it could be the promotion’s best card from top to bottom since Scott Adams and Reed Harris sold the promotion to Zuffa in 2006.

Fans attending the 10-bout show in Albuquerque at the Santa Ana Star Center will want to make sure they arrive early so they can view the card in its entirety. While the WEC’s television production is outstanding, those who are unable to attend the show will be missing out on some great undercard bouts.

With three evenly matched title bouts scheduled for the show, it’s highly doubtful that the TV audience at home will be presented more than four fights. Thankfully, the cameras will be rolling the entire night with all the matches not shown Wednesday likely to appear on a future episode of WEC WrekCage on Versus.

The card will also mark the first time a WEC show has taken place outside of the friendly confines of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas while under Zuffa ownership. The decision to venture to Albuquerque is a smart one, as it is not only one of Versus’ highest rated markets for the WEC but it is also the home town of reigning welterweight champion Carlos Condit. The exposure of the event will also highlight the fact that New Mexico is a hot bed for up and coming MMA prospects, as Condit is not the only fighter on this card with local ties.

In anticipation of the event, ProElite.com (SamCaplan.ProElite.com) has a full preview of the show.

Carlos Condit (21-4) vs. Carlo Prater (21-5-1) for the WEC welterweight title – These two fighters have met one time prior during “Fight World 2” in 2004. Prater won that matchup via triangle choke submission at 2:51 of round 1. The past win over Condit no doubt played a large part in Prater being granted an immediate title shot despite having not competed in the WEC previously. Opinions on Prater are mixed, with some feeling he is an underrated welterweight prospect while others perceiving him as an overrated commodity who has failed to show a lot of growth as a fighter.

Those who subscribe to the latter belief must not have seen Prater’s most recent fights for the Art of War promotion. During the first Art of War show in March, Prater recorded a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Lapsley, who is also considered a strong welterweight prospect. Then, at Art of War 3 in September, Prater won a split decision victory over Keith Wisniewski, a fighter who he had lost to on two previous occasions.

While Prater is a legit prospect who belongs in the WEC, it still remains to be seen if he’s a championship caliber fighter. His fights vs. Lapsley and Wisniewski both went to a decision. And while he has impressive wins over the likes of Spencer Fisher and Melvin Guillard, he also lost in disappointing fashion to Derrick Noble and Drew Fickett. He’s proven to be a solid fighter who for whatever reason hasn’t been able to put everything together on a consistent basis and go to the next level.

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3 COMMENTS
  • Jeremy says:

    I am really looking forward to this card. It’s rock solid from top to bottom with competitive fights everywhere. Is there going to be a fiveouncesofpain.com chat during the card like for the UFC cards? Should be plenty to talk about.

  • Ram Maramba says:

    I’d be watching this card even if it was PPV. My article on rock-solid MMA being non-stop in the next few months initially included this event as a perfect example of lesser-known stars being showcased. I like that the WEC is branching out from the All-Faber, All-The-Time mold and giving Condit some face time and holding the event in his hometown. When I was in Albuquerque and told my clients I would be visiting Greg Jackson’s camp that evening, everyone knew who I was talking about. ‘Hotbed’ is the right word for MMA in that little town…

    I’ve seen Prater fight live and he definitely has a “journeyman” vibe about him, in a good way. He’ll test Condit a heckuva lot more than Brock Larson did, which I never thought I’d say.

    I’m really surprised by your McCullough/Varner pick. I like Jamie Varner quite a bit and he has the potential to be dominant in the WEC, but Razor Rob looks more seasoned at the moment. Varner’s domination of Leggett is one of my favorite WEC fights and you could argue he’s more well-rounded than McCullough, but that one skill Razor has is a BEAST. Either way, this fight has the potential to be the one that gets WEC on the mainstream map.

    Nice picks, let’s hope there’s a German Suplex in the offing…

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    I really enjoy the WEC – the quality of the broadcast continues to improve, the fights themselves are fought to win, not being fought “not to lose”. The UFC had run into a ‘two take downs per round, bore everyone to tears’ M.O. over the last few months. The Mir (Merrrr?)/ Lesnar fight had a pedal to the metal style that reminded me of the greatest moments in MMA – and the WEC regularly provides that same feel.

    There will be a HUGE problem with payouts, and that right soon in the WEC. The payout Pulver received compared to what Faber received in defending his title is ridiculous. Especially since Faber fights so regularly. I would imagine that money is the biggest reason there’s no solid schedule for that Faber / Pulver matchup.

    The WEC certainly puts on a better P.R. face than the UFC. The kids fighting in WEC have much more appeal than the kids we see on “The Ultimate Fighter Work Release Program.” Carlos Condit looks like he flips a switch and kicks the Manson Lamps up to ‘Eleven’, but he’s got great game and great appeal – very well spoken and fun to watch.

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