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5 Oz. of Pain on Taking a look at the WEC’s featherweight top ten in the wake of Faber’s loss

In’s founder and publisher Sam Caplan’s latest article for, he takes an expanded look at the WEC’s featherweight division.

While some have voiced concern over how Urijah Faber’s upset loss to Mike Thomas Brown at WEC 36 will affect the business prospects of the WEC, Caplan believes that the promotion will be just fine, thanks in large part to the depth it has accumulated at featherweight, which has become the promotion’s marquee division.

“While there is some fear that Faber’s loss could have an adverse effect on the WEC’s business in the short run, it won’t hurt the promotion’s growth over a long-term period,” Caplan writes this week. “Faber is not another Kimbo Slice; in addition to being the promotion’s franchise player, he’s also a world class fighter. He’s also not another Chuck Liddell, an aging veteran. Faber is just 29 in comparison to Liddell, who is 37.

“There’s every reason to believe that Faber possesses a good chance to stand atop the featherweight mountain again. And while he’s making that climb, he’s had enough exposure that he can continue to headline events even without a title on the line.”

While Caplan points to his belief that Faber will remain a drawing card even without a title as a reason why the WEC will remain strong, he believes that the depth in the featherweight division will also help. Part of the reason why the WEC is so strong at 145 is because it has done a good job of recruiting young prospects such as Jose Aldo.

“Aldo recorded a minor upset over Alexandre Franca Nogueira in his WEC debut back in June during WEC 34,” Caplan begins. “Much like (Jens) Pulver and (Rumina) Sato, Nogueira is considered a pioneer of the lighter weight divisions in MMA, and the win proved that Aldo was legit. He’s almost a lock to appear in a televised bout the next time he fights, and if he continues to progress, his televised fights will be main events.”

In order to read the article in its entirety to see who Caplan considers to be the WEC’s top ten at featherweight, just click here.

  • Sonny says:

    “…some have voiced concern over how Urijah Faber’s upset loss to Mike Thomas Brown at WEC 36 will affect the business prospects of the WEC”

    Oh my god, a fighter lost! This is the end of the world!

    Fighters lose and they win, that’s how it goes. The only people worried are the ones lining their pockets, not the ones who actually appreciate MMA.

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    I don’t understand the thought process, Sam – back when Forrest defeated Shogun, no one – NO ONE – moved Forrest up in the rankings. Now, Forrest holds the LHW belt, and even then Forrest is only moved grudgingly to the top.
    Back to Faber – Seems a precipitous drop to slide from 1-3 and past a guy Faber’s never fought before – who beat a guy that Faber beat.
    As to Faber’s ‘fighting back into contention’, I’ve thought that a champ like Faber who held the belt that long, with that many title defenses should have to wait for the champ to defend the belt, fight the loser of that fight and then get a shot at the belt and that it’s Faber’s prerogative as to whether he risks a fight in between.

    Other than not agreeing with your drop of Faber two slots, I still like your work and writing. I know that means the world to you, coming from me. I didn’t want you losing any sleep. I’m very highly thought of in some very, very small circles. Well, actually just one circle, and those guys only listen to me because I sign their paychecks.

  • Tony Fennen says:

    This all just sets up Faber vs Pulver 2 and Brown vs Garcia for the strap.

    Thats what I want to see.

  • Goomba says:

    If Fabiano beats Tamura, I’d like to see him fight Faber/Brown/Garcia (whoever is not the champion or in the next championship fight) for the #1 contender status. If he can get two big wins, I think the WEC should be able to advertise those well enough to get more hype than they did for Brown.


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