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WEC makes Faber vs. Pulver II and Varner vs. Cerrone official for Jan. 25

World Extreme Cagefighting officially announced Monday that WEC 38 will be held on January 25 at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, Calif.

The event will mark the first time that the WEC has come to the market and fans in attendance will be treated to a rematch between former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver and former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber as well as Jamie Varner defending the WEC lightweight title vs. Donald Cerrone.

The Jan. 25 fight between Pulver and Faber will be a rematch from their epic first encounter that took place on June 1 in Sacramento and drew a 1.2 rating on VERSUS. Faber expects the second fight between the two to be another memorable tilt.

“I know this is going to be another classic for the fans,” Faber is quoted as saying in a press release issued by the promotion. “Jens is always ready to fight, he’s a competitor, and I expect a tough battle, but I’m going to try to finish it this time – I don’t want it to go the distance.”

Pulver, formerly of Miletich Fighting Systems, lost the first fight via unanimous decision but believes a change in camps will prove to be a difference maker.

“Now that I train with Matt Hume, I’ll be doing things a lot differently,” Pulver is quoted as saying. “Did I show it against Leonard Garcia? No, it takes time. But I know I’m still competitive… Great fights are still in me.”

The promotion has also officially confirmed the previously reported matchup between Varner and Cerrone. In the promotion’s press release, Varner didn’t seem overly concerned by Cerrone’s perfect 9-0 record.

“I have a lot of respect for Cerrone, but I consider him just one more undefeated fighter that I have to put in his place,” said Varner. “I think it’s awesome to have this fight in Southern California; there is a huge MMA following there, so I think this event will be huge, and a big step for the growth of WEC.”

For Cerrone, the title fight will place him in the spotlight for the biggest bout of his career.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to fight for the title, and to take on Jamie Varner,” the Colorado native is quoted.  “He’s well rounded and very athletic, but I’m going to work hard in training camp and on my game plan to win the title. I’m looking forward to fighting in San Diego, and to headline the first WEC event there.”

WEC 38 will be televised nationally on VERSUS starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. Tickets for the event will go on sale on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. PT.

  • G-DUB says:

    What’s the point of Faber vs. Pulver II?? Isn’t a 5-round shutout about as dominant a performance as one can have? That fight left no doubt who the superior fighter was …. so I ask again …. what’s the point?

  • Lincoln says:

    Well a lot of people think the first fight between Faber and Pulver was a fight of the year contender and was also that WEC event drew more viewers than any other show they’ve had.That’s why their having a rematch people are going to watch myself included.

  • goodguy says:

    I LOVED the first fight. I am excited to see them war it out again. Sure, Jens lost every round last time but it was a GREAT fight. One Pulver left hand can still end a fight. I really like both guys and hope that they put on another fight to remember.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    I’ll watch, but I don’t see how the outcome changes. Pulver’s a great striker, but Faber was too quick for him. Pulver can change camps, but you can’t learn speed.

  • PDpuck16 says:

    The problem is we need another 5 rounds not 3 like we’re gonna get

  • steve says:

    this should be a great card.

  • gabe says:

    pretty sure faber wants to stay active after the loss, cant do a rematch with Brown cause of his rib injury. They don’t want to put him up with Garcia which is the logical fight as they want to keep Garcia ready for a title shot so this is the logical matchup v. Pulver since the 1st fight was definately entertaining. I think Cowboys gonna take it to the champ as well.

  • THORAZINE says:

    I can’t figure it out either, I guess it’s a near guaranteed win for Faber and another shot at the title. Pulver is a known name, maybe it’s all for ratings?


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