This Sunday, the WEC will host the most anticipated featherweight rematch in history as current champion Mike Brown will be defending his title against company golden boy, Urijah Faber. Brown pulled off the upset last November at WEC 38, when Faber ate a right hook as he attempted an unorthodox and high risk reverse-flying elbow.
Faber was sent backwards to the canvas and Brown pounced, ending Faber’s three-year winning streak in the first round of their bout.
Brown will be riding a nine fight-wining streak into the rematch, with his last win coming in his first-ever title defense against Leonard Garcia. It took Brown all of 117 seconds to submit and dispose of the Jackson Submission trained fighter at WEC 39.
Faber responded nicely in his first fight back after losing his crown by submitting former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver in just 94 seconds at WEC 38 back in January.
There is no doubt that Faber is the more gifted of the two fighters, however Faber’s career has always been like a double-edged sword. He took MMA to new levels with his creativity and flair, however that is what inevitably cost him his title.
WEC 41 will be held at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. The promotion certainly doesn’t mind heading back to Arco, as it hosted their largest event ever. A company record 12,682 fans packed in to the arena to generate a gate of $739,000 for WEC: Faber vs. Pulver last June.
You can catch all of the main bouts airing LIVE on Versus Network this Sunday beginning at 9PM EDT/6PM PDT.