WEC 38 to broadcast a day after Afflictions: DoR
Date: 2008-12-11 10:00:00
Submitted By: MMA Fight Dump
World Extreme Cagefighting announced overnight that its first event of 2009 will take place Jan. 25 -- one day after "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" takes place just 100 miles away. "WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone," which airs on Versus (9:30 p.m. ET), features a main event between WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone, as well as a co-main event rematch between Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver. The event takes place at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, which is a couple hours south of Anaheim's Honda Center, which hosts "Day of Reckoning" and a main event between Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski. WEC 38 will be held on a rare Sunday. Most events, including Wednesday's WEC 37 card, have taken place on Wednesdays. Tickets for WEC 38 go on sale this Thursday, Dec. 4, and range from $35 to $175. The San Diego Sports Arena can accommodate up to approximately 16,000 spectators, though a smaller seating configuration will likely be used for the WEC event. Varner (15-2), who defeated Rob McCullough for the title in February, goes for his fifth consecutive victory and second successful title defense. He most recently scored a first-round TKO victory over Marcus Hicks in August. Cerrone (9-0), meanwhile, is 2-0 with one no-contest (failed drug test due to a diuretic) since joining the WEC in 2007. He most recently defeated McCullough via unanimous decision in a remarkable bout at WEC 36. "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," Varner stated. Faber (21-2), meanwhile, returns to action for the first time since losing his WEC featherweight title to Mike Brown. The loss snapped his 13-fight win streak, which included a June decision victory over Pulver (22-10-1) in perhaps the WEC's biggest event to date. "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," Faber stated. "I don't want it to go the distance." Pulver most recently suffered a 72-second TKO to Leonard Garcia in November. It was his fourth loss in his past five fights.