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Undefeated John Franchi added to WEC featherweight division

World Extreme Cagefighting has been very active as of late when it comes to signing new talent and has learned that undefeated featherweight prospect John Franchi is the latest to be added to the WEC roster.

Franchi has signed a five fight deal with the promotion, according to Gary Marino of GVM Sports Management, speaking to Five Ounces of Pain.

Trained by his co-manager, Ryan Ciotoli of Bomb Squad MMA in New York, Franchi will make his WEC debut on Sept. 10 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. against Jose Aldo.

The Northeastern-based Franchi made his pro debut on October 27, 2007, defeating Richard Miner via first round TKO while competing under the Extreme Fighting International banner in Springfield, Massachusetts. He improved his record to 2-0 last year when he submitted Brian Conrad on a Full Force Productions show this past December with an armbar at 2:15 of round 1.

In 2008, Franchi took a step up competing for Joe Cavallaro’s World Championship Fighting promotion in Massachusetts, where recorded a second round TKO over Justin Homsey at 0:40 of round 2 in February. The win earned Franchi a shot with the International Fight League during the promotion’s May 19 show. In that bout, Franchi needed just 2:19 to submit Frank Latina with a rear naked choke.

This has been a big week for GVM Sports Management and the Bomb Squad, as Marino confirmed that Jon Jones has signed a four fight deal with the UFC and will make his debut next week at UFC 87 in Minnesota as an injury replacement for Tomasz Drwal in a light heavyweight bout against Andre Gusmao.

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