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‘Farm Boy’ To Slop Hogs in WEC

(Technically, this picture wasn’t gay until the guy on the far right started dragging his pants down.)

In an interview with Rochester, Minnesota’s Post-Bulletin, Tommy Speer announced that he has been picked up by the WEC and expects to debut with the organization in August. The TUF 6 finalist — who was cut by the UFC after getting knocked-dead by Anthony Johnson at last month’s UFC Fight Night 13 — competed once before in the WEC, knocking out Sidney Silva at WEC 27 last May. Said Speer on his bounce from the UFC:

“I didn’t agree with it right away; it was depressing news. But now I know I lost to a great fighter, and he surprised me and everyone by how well he fought. I don’t think it’s too bad of a thing for me to be going to the WEC. There are great fighters there, too. I need to keep learning and working on my game, and the WEC is a great place to do that.

The WEC’s 170-pound division is certainly respectable, with names like Carlos Condit, Carlo Prater, John Alessio, and Brock Larson populating the roster, but it’s not nearly the threshing machine of the UFC’s welterweight class, and seems like a great place for Speer to develop while still maintaining a decent level of exposure. “The Farm Boy” intended to fight outside of the WEC before his August debut, but his training has been halted by an appropriately rural setback:

“The doctors at Mayo (Clinic) said I was bit by a brown recluse spider (on my calf), so I’m on antibiotics,” Speer said. “They said it might take a month to heal up. So I’m not training now, and I probably won’t be able to fight until August, because I’ll need some serious training time when I get back.”

Speer said he still intends to travel to Missouri to train with former UFC champion Matt Hughes at his gym, H.I.T. Squad, prior to his fights.

In other news…

Betting odds for DREAM.3 are up. With a +200 line, Tatsuya Kawajiri is the current betting favorite to win the tournament, most likely because Shinya Aoki (listed at +250) is a bit of a question mark due to his various injuries. Also, Jason Miller is an astounding -1150 favorite to beat 2-3 former pro wrestler Katsuyori Shibata, who’s listed at +650.

Anderson Silva is doing a two-day seminar at Miletich Fighting Systems Houston next weekend. General admission tickets for looky-lous are already sold out, but if you actually want to participate, it’s $130 for one-day, and $200 for both days.

— Thanks to Chris Leben, the poster for UFC 85: Bedlam is already outdated. Way to be, Crippler.

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SirOcelot- May 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm
Speer is just happy with his lay off from the UFC. NOw he can go back to his girlfriend; his barnyard sheep.
Earl- May 9, 2008 at 2:57 pm
Earl- May 9, 2008 at 2:56 pm
Can't believe Opie Cunningham was picked up by WEC. Be interesting to see him fight Condit, though. If Opie makes it that for.
KTFO- May 9, 2008 at 6:31 am
If anyone is curious about what it would look like to see a "Night of the Living Dead" zombie fight in the UFC refer to the Speer vs. Johnson fight. Luckily Johnson was not bitten and therefore can further his MMA career.
shutupandfight- May 9, 2008 at 12:10 am
looks like ground zero of a queer bomb detonation.
Kim Coutur is a cunt- May 8, 2008 at 9:28 pm
I hate Speers.
Bdizzle- May 8, 2008 at 7:25 pm
Doesn't mean he still can't bone his sister. I think the FBI is looking into his farm and polygamist was.
BIG CHRIS- May 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm
What happend... I don't get it, is that some sort of inside joke or something??
skidding- May 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm
Big Chris, here's some sound advice: Get bit by a brown recluse spider, when your mom calls you down to clean the kitchen.
BIG CHRIS- May 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm
Tommy Speers should fight Pele...that would be a great replacement for suffering from a poisinous spider bight and the other one with a leg shattered in 3 places....If that isn't Bedlam Status nothing is!