World Extreme Cagefighting it set to bring two title matches to the Lone Star state when it presents WEC 39 in Corpus Christi, Texas on Sunday, March 1. The event will be held at the AmericanBank Center Arena.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned from sources close to the event that Mike Thomas Brown will be making his first WEC featherweight title defense when he takes on number one contender Leonard Garcia.
In addition to Brown’s first-ever featherweight title defense, WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will meet Brock Larson in a rematch from their WEC 29 encounter in August of 2007.
Garcia, a former member of the UFC’s lightweight division, improved his WEC record to 2-0 following his first round TKO win against Jens Pulver during WEC 36 this past November. Prior to that, the Greg Jackson-trained fighter had recorded a first round knockout over Hiroyuki Takaya at WEC 32 this past February.
Brown won the title from former champion Urijah Faber following a first round TKO at WEC 36. The American Top Team product earned the shot at Faber after recording a unanimous decision victory over Jeff Curran in his WEC debut at WEC 34 this past June.
Condit’s previous fight vs. Larson ended following an armbar submission at 2:21 of round 1. Since the win, Condit won his next two fights over Carlos Prater at WEC 32 and Hiromitsu Miura at WEC 35 this past August.
Larson, who trains out of the Mixed Martial Arts Academy of Minnesota, has gone undefeated in three bouts since losing to Condit. His three wins have come against Troy Allison at CFX 7, John Alessio at WEC 33, and Prater at WEC 35.
In addition to Brown vs. Garcia and Condit vs. Larson II, WEC 39 is also considered likely to feature a lightweight bout between “Razor” Rob McCullough and Marcus Hicks.