The WEC has recently announced a slew of bouts for their forty first event set to take place at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California on June 7. The card is all but finalized with room left for just one or two more bouts.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com was the first to report on the finalization of the card’s main event back on March 3. WEC 41 is set to be headlined by a rematch between WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown and Urijah Faber in a 145 pound title match.
Rounding out the the main card are some of the WEC’s brightest rising stars. Jose Aldo will be meeting up with Cub Swanson, Donald Cerrone will face off with James Krause and Josh Grispi will battle it out with Jens Pulver in the feature bouts of the event that will be aired live on VERSUS.
The undercard is also brimming with talent featuring separate bouts with UFC veteran Manny Gamburyan and Antonio Banuelos from Tapout season one fame.
Mike Brown caught Urijah Faber of of a silly reverse flying elbow attempt and dropped him to the mat where he proceeded to pound “The California Kid” out to obtain the WEC’s featherweight championship in the pairs previous bout. Brown is coming off of a dominating victory over Leonard Garcia while Faber is fresh off of a first round stoppage of former UFC champion Jens Pulver.
Jose Aldo is fast being recognized as one of the featherweight division’s most talented and dangerous fighters. A win over an extremely tough Cub Swanson would likely propel him into a well deserved title shot against the winner of Brown vs. Faber II in the very near future.
Cerrone will be looking to put on an impressive performance and get the victory over James Krause which will surely result in a highly anticipated rematch with Jamie Varner for the WEC’s lightweight championship in his next bout. I’d be shocked if Varner is not ushered into the cage as soon as Cerrone’s hand is raised to promote the inevitable rematch. Of course that’s if Cerrone can get past the very capable Krause at WEC 41.
Pulver is definitely going to be looking to get back on track following a string of disappointing losses. The WEC didn’t do him any favors by matching him up with a young, up and coming, very heavy handed Josh Grispi. This fight will undoubtedly result in one of the two participants taking a brief canvas nap as both are big time bangers.
A full list of the bouts that have been made official for WEC 41 are listed below:
Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber (for WEC featherweight title)
Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson
Donald Cerrone vs. James Krause
Josh Grispi vs. Jens Pulver
John Franchi vs. Manny Gamburyan
Mike Campbell vs. Anthony Pettis
Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen
Frank Gomez vs. Eddie Wineland
Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez