MMA Weekly is reporting that the Paulo Filho/Chael Sonnen rematch at WEC 33 on March 26th will now be moved to Las Vegas. The WEC had planned to hold the event in Urijah Faber’s neck of the woods of Sacramento, California, but since a proposed title fight between Faber and Jens Pulver has not panned out just yet, the event was relocated to Sin City. The event will now go down at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and – as we reported last week – will feature Paulo Filho defending his middleweight title for a second time against real estate man Chael Sonnen. Sonnen lost the first match-up at WEC 31 in December on a controversial call by the ref to stop the fight. Sonnen insisted he had not tapped or verbally quit, but no one cared and he’ll have to wait until late March to avenge the loss.
There is nothing official, but the Faber/Pulver fight looks like it will happen in the summer.
The report also states that the co-main event will see the WEC’s light heavyweight champ Doug Marshall fighting undefeated Brian Stann. Doug Marshall also won at WEC 31 and will put his belt on the line against the 5-0 US Marine. Another notable match on the 26th features welterweights John Alessio and Brock Larson – both are close to title shots.
The WEC 33 card as it stands: