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.