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Bantamweights Get Top Billing in Finalized WEC 37 Card

(Miguel Torres: Fierce. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

The official lineup for the WEC’s 37th event (December 3rd; Las Vegas; live on Versus at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT) has been released, with three of the four main-card fights taking place in the bantamweight division. Headlining the card will be top-ten pound-for-pounder Miguel Torres (34-1) defending his 135-pound strap against the undefeated Manny Tapia (10-0-1), who was originally supposed to challenge for Torres’s title in June until a knee injury forced him to pull out of the match; Tapia hasn’t competed since February.

The sole non-bantamweight match on WEC 37′s main card is a highly anticipated 145-pound meeting between former IFL champ Wagnney Fabiano (#4-ranked featherweight) and former Shooto lightweight champ Akitoshi Tamura (#7-ranked featherweight). The card also features Brian Bowles, Mark Munoz, Bart Palaszewski, Alex Karalexis, and Cub Swanson. Not bad for a Wednesday night. After the jump: WEC 37′s full card, plus video of Miguel Torres absolutely wasting Alex Khanbabian at Ironheart Crown 8 in November 2004.

Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia (for bantamweight championship)
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro (bantamweights)
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Akitoshi Tamura (featherweights)
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez (bantamweights)

Johny Hendricks vs. Justin Haskins (welterweights)
Mark Munoz vs. Ricardo Barros (light-heavyweights)
Blas Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian (welterweights)
Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province (featherweights)
Bart Palaszewski vs. Alex Karalexis (lightweights)
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Cub Swanson (featherweights)
Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik (lightweights)

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Bill C.- November 18, 2008 at 8:35 pm
Torres is a beast.
Clozer- November 18, 2008 at 6:26 pm
@ Fedor rules.

The post was actually there when I responded. It somehow entered my post 2 minutes earlier than his. It is obvious you are hurt by the truth. You are a true MMA noob and the only knowledge you have of fights or or fighters stats is hear say, or read on various sites. Which brings me to my next question, how can you still misspell fighters names? Jump back on the internet and do some more research DOUCHEBAG.


I agree 100% with you. His arrogance got the better of him and that move was nothing more than him being a cocky midget, but seriously, can you honestly deny the fact that he hasn't ran that whole division and is not worthy of a rematch? I can say you would probably see the most focused Faber ever and that is a little scary.
Apexified- November 18, 2008 at 1:56 pm
No fluke. Faber went for an idiot move. If he had gotten caught in an exchange, sure, but that one was blatantly his own damn fault. Seriously, if that kind of shit worked in MMA Jean-Claude would be the champ.
Diana White- November 18, 2008 at 12:35 am
…has penn ever fought at 135? i don’t think he has.

Yeah! At UFC 7 he fought "Mighty" Joe Heimowitz at 135, it was the first MMA fight to end in a gogoplata and thats where B.J. first got credit for inventing the move. Later that year Nintendo came out with a game called "Mike Tyson's Punch Out" the main character of that game (besides Tyson) was created in Mighty Joe's image, because of his underdog status and all. It was a back and forth battle that became one for the ages. Look it up on It's the seventh video down if you search "Mighty" Joe Heimowitz gets a B.J. under the French section.
Fedor Rules- November 18, 2008 at 12:20 am


I meant everything else

Fedor Rules- November 18, 2008 at 12:18 am

Don't feel bad Clozer got owned on his last attemp at making another poster look like an idiot.

might want to change your name to Jorge Gurgel.... Close but no cigar!
(As well as you DOBBER not because you're a douche, but because you were not actually first.)
is0butane- November 17, 2008 at 9:52 pm
Torres has become my favorite fighter. That dude is non stop in your face do or die action. Gotta love it!
Anonymous- November 17, 2008 at 9:07 pm
...has penn ever fought at 135? i don't think he has.
Msand151- November 17, 2008 at 8:37 pm
Brown is really hurt bad, that rematch could take 6 months, but this card looks great
Penn Forever- November 17, 2008 at 8:36 pm
Torres is pretty good, but he needs to come over to the UFC. B.J. would own this mullet wearing fool. B.J is the king of bantemweights!
JIMMA- November 17, 2008 at 7:43 pm
I'm totally hyped for Miguel Torres, dude is a monster at his size! I can't wait to see him show this newcomer that he is exactly that, a 'green horn'.

Torres is a stud in the making.
DOBBY- November 17, 2008 at 7:36 pm
First Bitches
Clozer- November 17, 2008 at 7:34 pm
Dobby no one really cares, but way to point out that you have nothing better to do than to sit and refresh your computer until there's something new. That card actually looks interesting, but I think they need to expedite the Faber vs. Brown rematch, cause that win was a fluke.