World Extreme Cagefighting® General Manager Reed Harris confirmed today seven remaining bouts for the organization’s loaded card set to take place at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Sunday, June 20.
The fights are Will Campuzano vs. Eddie Wineland, Will Kerr vs. Karen Darabedyan, Frank Gomez vs. Wagnney Fabiano, Bendy Casimir vs. Erik Koch, Diego Nunes vs. Raphael Assuncao, Rafael Rebello vs. Chris Cariaso, and Renan Barao vs. Anthony Leone.
“We have some really intriguing fights on this card, many of which will help determine world title contenders,” Harris said. “The fans in Canada are in for a real treat. If there’s one thing fans know about WEC, it’s that our fights are non-stop action.”
Tickets for World Extreme Cagefighting® are on sale now and priced at $175, $125, $75, and $45. Tickets may be purchased at the Rexall Place Box Office, at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone at (780) 451-8000.
World Extreme Cagefighting® will be televised live on VERSUS in the United States and The Score in Canada beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. All of the network’s live WEC events are presented in HD and Spanish language SAP where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area, visit http://www.versus.com/findversus.
One of the bantamweight division’s most exciting fighters returns next month with aims of putting on another “Fight of the Night” performance. Will Campuzano (fighting out of Dallas, Texas), who earned “Fight of the Night” honors with his thrilling performance against Ox Wheeler in January, hopes to do much of the same when he meets former world champion Eddie Wineland (fighting out of Chesterton, Ind.) in Edmonton. Known for his fiery striking and relentless pace, the 23-year-old Campuzano (7-1) is one of the division’s most fearless competitors. He hopes to push one step closer to a shot at the championship after going head-to-head with Wineland. A slick boxer with heavy hands, the 25-year-old Wineland (16-6-1) has earned back-to-back wins over Manny Tapia and George Roop. He expects a war when he battles Campuzano on June 20.
Rising lightweight prospect Karen Darabedyan (fighting out of North Hollywood, Calif.) returns to the cage next month with his sights set on fueling a title run. The 23-year-old boxing and judo ace, a training partner of featherweight star Manny Gamburyan, looks to make waves in the division by knocking off Will Kerr (fighting out of New London, Conn.). Hoping to derail Darabedyan’s ascent, the 27-year-old Kerr (8-2) believes his strong standup game will match that of his Armenian opponent. What’s more, the versatile Kerr plans on making a big statement by knocking out Darabedyan (9-2) at Rexall Place.
The first jiu jitsu instructor of UFC welterweight champion and Canadian superstar George St-Pierre will compete on WEC’s first card in Canada on June 20. Bantamweight Wagnney Fabiano (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) takes his second fight at 135-pounds when he locks horns with Frank Gomez (fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.). Having defeated Clint Godfrey in his first bantamweight contest, the 34-year-old Fabiano (13-2) looks to continue his success by besting the 24-year-old surging star. The task will be easier said than done. Gomez (8-1) has won his last two fights and is out to prove that he is the future of the 135-pound division.
French prospect Bendy Casimir (fighting out of Alfortville, France) drops to featherweight for an intriguing matchup with 21-year-old prodigy Erik Koch (fighting out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa). A seasoned mixed martial artist owning a record of 19-6-2, the 29-year-old Frenchman Casimir is a balanced striker and effective grappler. He’ll be put to the test when he battles the young gun Koch (9-1). Training under the tutelage of the renowned Duke Roufus, “New Breed” has been touted as the future of the featherweight division. On June 20, Koch will look to move up the ladder with a victory over Casimir.
One of the 10 best featherweights in the world, Raphael Assuncao (fighting out of Atlanta, Ga.) continues his trek to the world title when he meets feared striker Diego Nunes (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in Edmonton. Boasting a record of 14-2, the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Assuncao has earned victories over Jameel Massouh and Yves Jabouin in his WEC career. The 27-year-old hopes a dominant win over Nunes on June 20 will push him closer to a date with champion Jose Aldo. Hungry to leapfrog Assuncao in the rankings, Nunes (13-1) plans to use his world-class Muay Thai striking to guide him to victory in Canada.
Grappler extraordinaire Rafael Rebello (fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) returns on June 20 to take on newcomer Chris Cariaso (fighting out of San Francisco, Calif.). Rebello, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt who defeated Kyle Dietz by submission in his last fight, sees Cariaso’s affinity for finishing fights and plans on engaging the once-beaten bantamweight. With that said, expect fireworks when Rebello (6-3) and Cariaso (9-1) collide.
Bantamweight Renan Barao (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), a top training partner of Jose Aldo, makes his debut on June 20 against fellow newcomer Anthony Leone (fighting out of Cortland, N.Y.). Owning an outstanding record of 20-1, the versatile Brazilian comes to WEC having finished 14 of his last 20 opponents. Standing in his way on fight night is the unbeaten Leone (8-0), a solid grappler and striker who looks to end Barao’s 20-fight win streak.
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About World Extreme Cagefighting®
The WEC brand is recognized as one of the premier mixed martial arts organizations in the United States. WEC, founded in 2001, is the sister organization of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® and today features the most prominent light weight fighters in the world. Owned and operated by WEC Holdings LLC., and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the WEC produces live and taped events annually that are distributed through the Versus network.WEC programming is also available on Fox Sports en Espanol. In addition to its U.S distribution, WEC programming is shown on The Score network in Canada, Setanta Sports in Australia, Globosat in Brazil, and Cadena Tres in Mexico. For more information and current WEC fight news, visit wec.tv. World Extreme Cagefighting® and WEC® are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by WEC Holdings, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions and are licensed to WEC Productions, LLC.
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About Rexall Place
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