WEC announces full fight card line-up


WEC announces full fight card line-up

PRESS RELEASE:  World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) today announced the full line-up of fights for WEC: Condit vs. Prater, featuring the “Natural Born Killer”, WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit, in his homecoming bout vs. Carlo Prater, WEC Lightweight Champion “Razor” Rob McCullough putting his belt on the line vs. Jamie “The Worm” Varner, and WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe defending his title against jiu-jitsu ace Miguel Torres.  All the action takes place at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday, February 13, 2008.


WEC: Condit vs. Prater will be televised live nationally on Versus beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. All live WEC events will be presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. 

Tickets are available at GetTix.net, by calling 1-866-442-8849, at the Santa Ana Star Center box office, at the Santa Ana Star Casino Player’s Club, and select Ace Hardware locations. Tickets also are available online through www.wec.tv.


WEC: Condit vs. Prater also features  Manny Tapia vs. Antonio Banuelos, Josh Grispi vs Mark Hominick, Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Leonard Garcia, Scott Jorgensen vs. Jesse Moreng, Charlie Valencia vs. Yoshiro Maeda, Micah Miller vs. Chance Farrar, and Del Hawkins vs. Ox Wheeler.

Mexico’s unbeaten Manny Tapia (9-0-1) plans on continuing his climb up the bantamweight ranks on February 13th as he does battle with The Pit’s Antonio Banuelos (15-4). Tapia was impressive in his last outing against Brandon Foxworth, defeating him by TKO at 3:17 of the second round. But the veteran Banuelos is also coming off a big victory, out pointing Justin Robbins unanimously over three rounds in August.

Boston native Josh Grispi (10-1) will be making his WEC debut when he steps into the cage with stand up sensation Mark Hominick. At nineteen years of age, Grispi is one of the top prospects in the featherweight division, and is always looking to impress the crowd with a KO victory. But standing in his way is Hominick, a hard-hitting UFC veteran who has won two in a row since a WEC loss to Rani Yahya last June.  

Another UFC vet looking to strike championship gold is Leonard ‘Bad Boy’ Garcia (14-3).  Now able to fight at his natural weight of 145 pounds, this scrappy fighter will not get an easy return to the featherweight division when he steps in to face fellow WEC debutant Hiroyuki Takaya (9-4-1).  An exciting battler who has starred in Japan’s K-1 and Shooto organizations, the “Streetfight Bancho” is never in a boring fight, making him the perfect fit for the sport’s most exciting organization.

Albuquerque bantamweight Ox Wheeler (6-1) will be battling in front of his hometown crowd when he returns to action in search of his first WEC win against Phoenix’ Del Hawkins (22-12). 


Chance Farrar (5-1) is back in a crossroads clash against rising star Micah Miller (9-1).

In bantamweight action, Japanese standout Yoshiro Maeda (22-4-2) makes his WEC debut against hard-nosed Charlie Valencia (9-3), and Idaho’s Scott Jorgensen (4-1) takes on Arizona’s Jesse Moreng (8-1).