REMAINING BOUTS CONFIRMED FOR UFC® PRESENTS: WORLD EXTREME CAGEFIGHTING® IN GLENDALE, ARIZ.
CHRIS HORODECKI VS. DONALD CERRONE
KAMAL SHALORUS VS. BART PALASZEWSKI
DANNY DOWNES VS. TIEQUAN ZHANG
SHANE ROLLER VS. JAMIE VARNER
IVAN MENJIVAR VS. BRAD PICKETT
KEN STONE VS. EDDIE WINELAND
WILL KERR VS. DANNY CASTILLO
YURI ALCANTARA VS. RICARDO LAMAS
CHRIS CARIASO VS. RENAN BARAO
Thursday, Dec. 16.
Tickets On Sale NOW
Fight to Air Live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – With two world title fights headlining World Extreme Cagefighting’s grand finale in Glendale, Ariz. on Dec. 16, the card was already shaping up to be the perfect way to end 2010. Now, with the recent announcement that the Ultimate Fighting Championship® will feature the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, as well as a loaded lightweight division including WEC’s best 155-pound fighters in 2011, the Dec. 16 event at Jobing.com Arena has become one of the most significant cards in recent memory.
In the main event, champion Ben Henderson will meet Anthony Pettis in a highly-anticipated title bout. The winner will move on to face the victor of the Jan. 1 UFC lightweight title bout between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. What’s more, the winner of the Dominick Cruz-Scott Jorgensen fight on Dec. 16 will be crowned the first ever UFC bantamweight champion.
“This event will go down as one of the most important in the history of the lighter weight classes,” WEC General Manager Reed Harris said. “The winner of Henderson and Pettis will fight for the UFC lightweight title next year, while the winner of Cruz-Jorgensen will immediately become the UFC bantamweight champion. The stakes have never been higher.”
As the anticipation builds for the Dec. 16 event, WEC confirmed today the remaining bouts for this historic card in Arizona.
The fights are: Chris Horodecki vs. Donald Cerrone, Kamal Shalorus vs. Bart Palaszewski, Danny Downes vs. Tiequan Zhang, Shane Roller vs. Jamie Varner, Ivan Menjivar vs. Brad Pickett, Ken Stone vs. Eddie Wineland, Will Kerr vs. Danny Castillo, Yuri Alcantara vs. Ricardo Lamas and Chris Cariaso vs. Renan Barao.
“Each of these fights has added importance,” Harris said. “All of these competitors want to prove that they are the best in the world and each wants to head to UFC in 2011 riding momentum. We expect some explosive fights at Jobing.com Arena on Dec. 16.”
Tickets for WEC: Henderson vs. Pettis are on sale now and priced at $165, $115, $65 and $35. Tickets can be purchased at the Jobing.com Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800.745.3000 at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.JobingArena.com. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.
Henderson vs. Pettis will be televised nationally live on VERSUS 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.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) demonstrated his most complete game to date in September when he thoroughly dominated archrival Jamie Varner en route to a unanimous decision victory. Using a devastating array of wrestling and Muay Thai striking, the 27-year-old picked apart the former champion and immediately reinserted himself into title contention. The ex-bull rider Cerrone (12-3, 1 NC) looks to continue the momentum when he takes on Canadian striker Chris Horodecki (fighting out of London, Ontario, Canada). Nicknamed “The Polish Hammer”, the 23-year-old is riding back-to-back wins over Danny Downes and Ed Ratcliff. With a victory over Cerrone next month, Horodecki (15-2) hopes to propel himself in to the lightweight elite.
A volatile lightweight bout pits the heavy-handed Kamal Shalorus (fighting out of Austin, Texas) against tested veteran Bart Palaszewski (fighting out of Wonder Lake, Ill.). A former national wrestling champion in his native Iran, Shalorus has posted two wins in three WEC appearances. In his last fight in June, Shalorus (6-0-2) traded leather with former champion Jamie Varner in a bout that ended in a controversial draw. He’ll look to continue his unbeaten streak in Glendale when he meets Palaszewski. Born in Poland and now living in the Midwest, the 27-year-old “Bartimus” has amassed nearly 50 fights in his career. Owning wins over Anthony Pettis, Karen Darabedyan and Zack Micklewright in his last three bouts, Palaszewski (34-13) plans on using his power and slick grappling to guide him past Shalorus on Dec. 16.