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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. FiveOuncesOfPain.com 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.