Paulo Filho Is Back In The Cage
11/08/2007

Former Pride Fighter, and now the king of the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) middleweight division, undefeated sensation Paulo Filho (15-0) is back in the Cage looking to continue his reign as middleweight champion. His opponent will be named in the near future.

With three world titles on the line as well as the return of a true mixed martial arts legend, the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) event on Wednesday, December 12th is not only the biggest and best WEC show of the year, it may be the greatest card in the six year history of the organization.



Featuring WEC Featherweight Champion "The California Kid" Urjiah Faber against Jeff "Big Frog" Curran, "The Rhino" Doug Marshall defending his Light Heavyweight title against Cuba's own Ariel Gandulla, Paulo Filho returning to the Cage to defend his WEC Middleweight crown, and former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens "Lil' Evil" Pulver making his WEC debut at 145 lbs. against rising star Cub Swanson, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be rocked off its foundations by the most explosive MMA action of 2007.

WEC: Faber vs. Curran will be televised live nationally on VERSUS beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. All live WEC events will be presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area, visit http://www.versus.com/findversus.

Tickets for WEC: Faber vs. Curran go on sale Sunday, November 11 at noon and are priced at $225, $200, $150, and $75 (not including applicable services or taxes). Tickets are available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office and all Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available online through www.wec.tv or www.ticketmaster.com.

In the main event, one of the MMA's best pound- for- pound, Urjiah Faber, defends his WEC Featherweight title against UFC and PRIDE veteran Jeff "Big Frog" Curran.

With technique, tenacity, and charisma, Sacramento's Urijah Faber (19-1), has proven time and time again why he is considered one of the brightest young stars in MMA today. Faber captured the WEC title in March of 2006 with a decisive second round stoppage of Cole Escovedo. Since then, he has continued to dominate the division, defending his crown with first round wins over Joe Pearson, Dominic Cruz, and Chance Farrar. But on Dec. 12, he will take on his toughest opponent yet in Jeff Curran.

Jeff "Big Frog" Curran, fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill., is a battle-tested veteran of MMA competition, having fought all over the world while compiling an impressive 28-8-1 record. On August 5, WEC fans witnessed the return of one of the featherweight division's best when Curran dominated Stephen Ledbetter, defeating him by unanimous decision. Curran knows that he has to be on top of his game when he squares off against Faber, in what is expected to be the most exciting featherweight battle in MMA history.

Hard punching Light Heavyweight Champion "The Rhino" Doug Marshall (6-2) is eager to defend his crown on December 12th and show why he is the legitimate champion in the WEC's 205-pound division. In order to do that, he must first get past Cuba's Ariel Gandulla. Marshall's last two fights have ended in brutal fashion, as he knocked both of his opponents out with vicious strikes. He is looking to add another KO to his record against Gandulla (4-0), a hard-nosed competitor who will bring his A' game in order to make the best of his long-awaited title shot.

Also on the card, Jens "Lil Evil" Pulver will be making his long awaited WEC debut at 145 lbs. against Cub Swanson. Pulver, after a storied career at lightweight in the UFC, is looking forward to fighting at his natural weight, where he is 7-0. Pulver is undoubtedly eyeing a title shot in the future, but knows he must first get past rising star Cub Swanson to obtain his shot at the belt. Swanson is happy to play the spoiler, and he has proven why he should never be taken lightly, as his last two fights in the WEC have ended with his hand being raised. He has impressed many with his well rounded style, and he knows that if he beats Pulver, a title shot is not far away.

The remaining bouts for WEC: Faber vs. Curran will be announced in the near future. All bouts subject to change. For more information about WEC: Faber vs. Curran, Paulo Filho, and current WEC fight news, visit www.WEC.tv

About World Extreme Cagefighting

The WEC brand is recognized as one of the premier mixed martial arts organizations in the United States. Founded in 2001, the WEC features many of the most prominent athletes in the sport of mixed martial arts today. 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. In addition to its U.S distribution, WEC programming is shown on the TSN network in Canada. For more information and current WEC fight news, visit www.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.

About VERSUS

VERSUS (VERSUS.com) celebrates real competition in all its forms. Now in more than 72 million homes, the network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as best-in-class events like The Tour de France, the America's Cup, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cagefigthing (WEC), Professional Boxing, the Boston Marathon and Davis Cup. The network also offers collegiate sports from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12 and Mountain West. VERSUS features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events that audiences can't find elsewhere. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.