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Faber, Pulver, Maeda Get 6-Month Medical Suspensions

Jens Pulver WEC MMA
(Jens Pulver: Rode hard and put away wet.)

The California State Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to 11 of the fighters who competed at WEC’s “Faber vs. Pulver” event on Sunday, and fuck are they brutal. 180-day suspensions were handed out to six fighters including Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver, and Yoshiro Maeda; according to the report, only Faber’s and Will Robeiro’s can end early with a doctor’s clearance. So, we hope whatever Maeda took home from his $6,000 salary after taxes, insurance, license fees and everything else can last him until December. Here’s the full list of suspensions, and the ouchies that caused them:

Urijah Faber: 180-day suspension due to a right-hand injury (can be cleared early by doctor)
Jens Pulver: 180-day suspension due to a right-eye orbital injury
Miguel Torres: 60-day suspension due to a cut
Yoshiro Maeda: 180-day suspension due to a right-eye orbital injury
Mark Munoz: 180-day suspension due to a right-hand injury
Chuck Grigsby: indefinite suspension due to a head injury (must be cleared by a doctor)
Rob McCullough: 60-day suspension due to a cut
Will Robeiro: 180-day suspension due to a right-hand injury (can be cleared early by doctor)
Jeremy Lang: 180-day suspension due to a left-ankle injury and a cut
Luis Do Santos: 45-day suspension with no contact for 30 days due to suffering a knockout
Alexandre Nogueira: 60-day suspension due to a cut

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Faber Outslugs Pulver in Five-Round Classic at WEC 34; Torres Also Retains Belt

Jens Pulver Urijah Faber WEC MMA

Those left with a bad taste in their mouth from the multiple fiascos of Saturday’s EliteXC show got a palate-cleansing burst of brilliant MMA last night, as WEC 34 in Sacramento featured arguably the two greatest bouts in the organization’s history.

In the featherweight championship match, Urijah Faber solidified his status as one of the best fighters in the world, wearing Jens Pulver down with explosive striking combos and showcasing his scary conditioning during the first 25-minute match of his career. Faber came out hard in his usual style, landing a couple of big punches and knees in the clinch. Though Faber slipped to the mat while attempting a kick, Pulver couldn’t capitalize on the ground and was kicked off. The fight was halted briefly when Pulver was poked in the eye, but Lil’ Evil refused to take recovery time. Pulver took Faber’s back briefly against the cage, and ate a spinning backfist for his efforts.

The second round began with another brief stoppage as Faber accidentally kicked Pulver in the groin following a punch combo. Faber dominated the next couple minutes, taking Pulver down, throwing some big elbows, then landing a vicious punch combination when Faber scrambled to his feet. Pulver looked rocked, but fired back with his own punches, including a sharp uppercut that shook Faber. Faber answered with a takedown attempt, but Pulver sprawled and nearly secured a front choke. Faber escaped and punished Pulver with punches until the bell sounded. Pulver seemed gassed at this point, and clearly frustrated that he was being outboxed.

The third round was probably the most exciting of the match, starting with a sharp head kick from Pulver. After Pulver sprawled on a takedown, Faber was able to take Pulver’s back and slam him to the ground, but Pulver bounced up and began a thrilling striking exchange ending with a devastating body kick that put Faber in serious trouble. Faber shot for a takedown but landed with Pulver on top of him and dropping elbows. Faber reversed the position and landed a couple elbows of his own before the fighters were stood up; Pulver was very slow in getting to his feet.

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WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver — Fight Card Rundown

Urijah Faber Jeff Curran WEC
(Urijah Faber: Never a dull moment.)

Though EliteXC’s CBS show is grabbing most of the attention for this weekend, WEC is putting on its biggest event to date on Sunday at Sacramento’s ARCO Arena, headlined by the monumental featherweight championship match between Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver, and also featuring Miguel Torres, “Razor” Rob McCullough, Jeff Curran, Chase Beebe, and Charlie Valencia. If you get Versus, you can watch the action live starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. — and judging from recent WEC shows, missing it wouldn’t be in your best interest. Let’s take a look at the four main card fights…

Urijah Faber [champion] vs. Jens Pulver (featherweight title fight)
Don’t let his beautiful anaconda choke of Cub Swanson at WEC 31 fool you — Jens Pulver is still a stand-up banger, and his greatest advantage over the California Kid is his dynamite-loaded striking. Faber will probably try to trade shots for a while, but he’ll eventually employ his superior wrestling to get the fight to the mat and look for a submission or ground-and-pound TKO. If Faber can neutralize Pulver’s boxing and avoid getting caught early, the hometown boy’s relentless aggression and inventiveness will win the day. Prediction: Faber via 3rd-round submission.

Miguel Torres [champion] vs. Yoshiro Maeda (bantamweight title fight)
Miguel Torres owns one of the most impressive records in MMA (33-1, 21 wins via submission), but he didn’t start getting name-checked as one of the best fighters in the world until he tore through Chase Beebe in February to win WEC’s bantamweight title. Torres has never been stopped, and he avenged his sole loss to Ryan Ackerman in 2003 by submitting him two years later. Known more as a striker, Maeda is a seasoned veteran of Pancrase and DEEP, and made his impressive U.S. debut at WEC 32 when he delivered a knockout body-kick to Charlie Valencia midway through the first round. It’ll be a tough test for Torres, but he’s looked incredibly impressive in his last few matches, and he’s got enough momentum to defend his belt. Prediction: Torres extends his streak of five-straight submission victories to six, and does it in the second round.

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“Pequeno” Slated for June 1st WEC Debut


(“Pequeno” gives thumbs up to WEC.)

Ex-Shooto champ Alexandre Franca “Pequeno” Nogueira is scheduled to make his WEC debut on June 1st at WEC 34. He will face Jose Aldo, as confirmed by Sherdog. “Pequeno” is 13-4-2, but is 1-2 in his last three. He has fought only twice since July of 2005, mostly due to injuries.

Nogueira won the Shooto featherweight title in 1999 and held the belt in dominating fashion for seven years. The title was taken from him due to injuries in May of 2006. The fighter had lost via KO to Hideo Tokoro at K-1: Hero’s 2 while still holding the Shooto belt and then followed his title-stripping up by losing via decision to Koutetsu Boku at K-1: Hero’s 6. He got back on track last July when he KO’d Shuichiro Katsumura in the first round of K-1 Hero’s Middleweight Tourney. He used to be mentioned as one of the best, but how things change when you lose two fights in a row (see: Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva). It should be noted that the guy was fighting through injuries, lost his KO fight in the third and the other fight went the distance. If he’s finally healthy, he can still rock the cage.

Nog’s opponent is on a three-fight win streak, winning his last in July via decision at a Pancrase event. Aldo has a 9-1 overall and has been a journeyman for much of his career. His only loss was to Luciano Azevedo via RNC in 2005. It will also be Aldo’s WEC debut.

In related news, contender Jeff “The Big Frog” Curran and WEC newbie Mike Brown are rumored to also be going toe-to-toe on June 1st. While agreements have not been inked, Curran has told MMAWeekly that the wheels are in motion.

“I have been told and Mike has been told that we are facing each other, but we don’t have contracts yet,” Curran said. “That announcement will become official soon I am sure. I am just so ready to go fight again.”

WEC 34 will be headlined by feathers Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver in a title bout. Pulver — a former UFC lightweight champ — has never been beaten at featherweight, but “The California Kid” is on a 12 fight win streak since losing the only fight of his career. Jeff Curran was one of those victims. The night will also see 32-1 Miguel Torres defend his bantamweight belt against undefeated Manny “The Mangler” Tapia.

You gotta’ hand it to the WEC for stockpiling such a great group of little guys. With the signing of Nogueira and already having guys like Pulver, Faber, Torres, Chase Beebe, and Tapia, among others, not many organizations can boast that many top fighters that come in under 145.

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