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WEC Planning Faber/Garcia Title Fight in Mexico?


(Pulver vs. Garcia WEC promo; props to MMA Mania.)

Two major featherweight duels are slated for WEC 36 (September 10th; Hollywood, Florida), as Urijah Faber tries to make his sixth WEC title defense against Mike Brown, while Jens Pulver clashes with Leonard Garcia. On Monday’s edition of TAGG Radio, Garcia revealed that WEC officials have promised him a title shot if he beats Pulver next month, and they’re looking to use him for Zuffa’s first foray south of the border. When asked if a Faber vs. Garcia title fight could be held in Mexico, Garcia said:

“They’re flying me out six days after the (Pulver) fight to Mexico City to do a press conference and to make a huge announcement. As I understand it, both Urijah and I are going…I think both of us just need to hold up our ends of the bargain on Sept. 10. So yeah, you essentially hit the nail on the head.”

As interesting as that is, isn’t it a bit premature to be planning the location of Leonard Garcia’s title fight? Since when did Garcia become a favorite against Jens Pulver? I’m sure the WEC would love to use him for their expansion effort, but I got Lil’ Evil for this one. Hopefully, former IFL featherweight champ (and new WEC signee) Wagnney Fabiano can be brought in for The California Kid’s next title defense — though a tune-up match against someone like Garcia or Pulver could be in store for him first.

Not to say that Garcia vs. Pulver won’t be a thrilling fight. In fact, the way Garcia looks at the matchup echoes our own thoughts:

“Styles make fights. (We) have styles that work well for the fans. I don’t think Jens knows how to back away. I don’t know how to go in reverse. It’s going to be one of those fights that is beautiful on paper, and it’s going to be one fans don’t want to miss.”

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