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WEC to Pay-Per-View in June with Faber vs. Brown II


(The first taste is free, but the second dose is going to cost you.)

Taking full advantage of his position at Versus.com, Ariel Helwani just posted an interview with WEC Vice President Peter Dropick where they discuss the future of the organization and rumors of a move to pay-per-view.  Dropick was all too eager to confirm those rumors, telling Helwani that the first WEC pay-per-view will be headlined by the much-anticipated rematch between Urijah Faber and WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown, and it could happen as soon as this June.

If you’re worried about how you’re going to afford all the MMA this summer, you’ll be glad to hear that Dropick also promised the price of a WEC pay-per-view would be less than a UFC event, though he didn’t specify by how much.  As for what else might appear on that card, he wouldn’t rule out an appearance by Miguel Torres, saying he wants the pay-per-view to be “stacked.”

Obviously, the WEC is considering Sacramento, where they’ve done extremely well in the past, as a potential venue for this event, but Dropick said there were “three or four different cities” they were considering as well.  He also commented on the status of the lighter weight classes in the WEC, and the potential for Gina Carano to head up a women’s division at some point in the near future.  The whole interview is worth a read, so give it a look.

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MAD MIKE- March 18, 2009 at 10:49 am
i buy every ufc ppv, the wec is making a huge mistake i cant afford to get both. lately the ufc is doing atleast 1 or 2 a month. some months they are 2 weeks apart from the new month. i am not going to pay for the wec they sometimes only have 1 or 2 good fights per card. for example if the ufc has a card in the middle of the month and the next card is the first of the next month how am i going to throw a wec into that. on 1 cable bill that would be over $130.00 a month for fights not counting my regular cable bill. bullshit................. dana sometimes the money ain't worth losing customers..
merv- March 18, 2009 at 8:16 am
if its like 19.99, and the card is stacked it could be legit
Demigorgon- March 18, 2009 at 7:21 am
This will be a failure of epic proportions.
google - March 18, 2009 at 7:13 am
If they make Jens Pulver the guest ref, i'm in.
Anonymous- March 18, 2009 at 6:56 am
So less than a UFC PPV? So like $43.99 or something?
Bas Rutten- March 18, 2009 at 6:06 am
The fighters pay better increase also.
Focking A- March 18, 2009 at 5:21 am
It's gonna flop big time, just like the YAMMA.

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMA
Smackdaddiest1- March 18, 2009 at 4:42 am
This will give Mike Brown plenty of time to get into the tanning bed so that he can give Urijah a challenge for the best tan-for-pound fighter in the world.
UFC fan- March 17, 2009 at 10:40 pm
FAIL!

good job failing WEC.
chilllp- March 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm
they said gina carano and "head" in the same sentance.
George st pierre- March 17, 2009 at 9:26 pm
HI im gsp and yes me and cage potato are in love
Warcraft- March 17, 2009 at 9:13 pm
So judging by most the comments I can guess only the hardcore and bars might pick this up "maybe".

WEC ratings are down and there answer is to go PPV uh sure?!?!?
Whats else is on the card...not that it matters unless Torres is fighting.
ikcedar- March 17, 2009 at 8:58 pm
I almost forget its on versus when its on for free, but i got homies in wec so if they make more money then right on to the fighters. But all in all, i doubt many people are going to pay for it. Hopefully they get some really good deal with the cable company.
Anonymous- March 17, 2009 at 6:51 pm
Um...are you crazy? No one buy this PLEASE so they will lose money on advertising and such so they won't do this again.
mexican arm bar- March 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm
i for one am very upset. as much as i love wec im not sure id ppv it.
"i am not impressed "
dugmouth- March 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm
uhhh yeah, my mortgage is already late and someone wants me to pay for a lite version of UFC. Riiiiight, i think the term "illegal download" just became the modern equivalent of a Bonnie and Clyde event in my mind. Just outta spite i might not order another UFC until 100 fpr this travesty.
Sodak- March 17, 2009 at 6:11 pm
The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttchin
Meohfumado- March 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm
WEC + PPV = FAIL
SKB- March 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Damn...I agree with all the people who say that the WEC was the "free" alternative to UFC. Should have known it wasn't going to last.

I'm a Urijah fan though and I probably would pay to see him fight Mike Brown again, even though I think Brown is going to kick his ass this time.
Sacramento sucks- March 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm
Seriously, worst fight audience ever.
Ample- March 17, 2009 at 5:05 pm
Im god damned pumped for Brown VS Faber II. I think Brown is going to whoop that ass again

I agree with never wanting to pay for WEC, still havent to this day. WHo knows though, a lot of these lighter weight classes are damned exciting to watch.
It could be worth it and has the possiblilty for fights to be as good if not better than the recent piss pore PPV's that UFC churns out. I swear the free fight nights are always better.
Tha 90's Guy- March 17, 2009 at 4:57 pm
Those are some sweet ass flames on Mikey B's leg man, he would look killer if he had my barbed wire tattoo on his right bicep like me!
skwirrls- March 17, 2009 at 4:52 pm
Going anywhere but Sacramento with Urijah as the title fight is just stupid. The amount of exposure WEC got in Sac last time bordered on ridiculous. It got more coverage than the recent UFC events. The first fight was on Brown's turf in Florida and it was pathetic compared to what WEC 34 did. Turnabout is fair play and WEC will have another monster turnout.
rokabee- March 17, 2009 at 4:50 pm
Dammit dude, Don't start doing pay per view, its such a pain. I don't think I will be ordering this, maybe if one of my friends buys it I'll watch. Any1 ready to stream????
portland mma- March 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm
Genius idea to make someone pay for something that was free in a the economic times there in. I will be watching this for free as well.
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