by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Although World Extreme Cagefighting is focused on its upcoming June 7 event – WEC 41 features a rematch between featherweight champion Mike Brown and Urijah Faber – anticipation is already building for its follow-up in August.
Though bout agreements have yet to be signed, multiple sources confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that both Jeff Curran and Takeya Mizugaki have verbally agreed to face each other in a bantamweight showdown at WEC 42.
Each is coming off of a loss at WEC 40 in Chicago, but under vastly different circumstances.
The 31-year-old Curran is on a three-fight skid, dropping a bout to Joseph Benavidez at WEC 40 after losing to Urijah Faber and Mike Thomas. Another loss would likely send him sailing out of the promotion and contemplating his future in the sport.
Mizugaki on the other hand, although losing to WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres, elevated his status with his performance. Though the loss ended a five-fight winning streak, Mizugaki pushed Torres to the limit over the course of their five-round battle on the Versus network, immediately putting him on the radar of fans and fighters alike.
The promotion has yet to confirm a date or any of the bouts for WEC 42, but Curran vs. Mizugaki is expected to support a headline bout featuring Torres defending his belt against No. 1 contender Brian Bowles.