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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 FiveOuncesOfPain.com 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.

4 COMMENTS
  • Jeremy says:

    I heard about this signing a couple days ago. Seems like a good addition to the WEC, they are really adding lots of fighters lately. I would think they are going to have to put on more shows then they have been. Does anyone know what their future plans are? Shows every month?

    Really excited to see Jose Aldo again, just saw his first WEC fight last night and he looked impressive in his standup.

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  • doubleA-ron says:

    ANYONE HEARD OF THIS CONTENDER SERIES ON VS. IT LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE COOL, BUT NEVER HEARD OF IT. I GUESS THEY GO TO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND HAVE MUAY TI COMPETITIONS. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY CROWN ONE WINNER AT THE END OR NOT.

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  • mike says:

    I agree that the WEC needs to throw together a lot more shows, and they really need to market certain fighters more. They can’t depend on Urijah Faber as their only star. Brian Stann is marketable as all hell, but commercials for the upcoming WEC event this sunday (which by the way has 3 title defenses!!! – one of which is stanns, and i feel as though 3 title defenses is something that should be marketed quite a bit) are barely on. All in all, one show per month at the least is necessary.

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  • Bennie says:

    I went to high school with John Franchi….this is pretty awesome to see him doing so well!

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