by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Much of the WEC’s media thunder is starting to focus on the promotion’s Columbus, Ohio, debut in March during the Arnold Fitness Classic. Brian Bowles defends his bantamweight championship against Dominick Cruz, plus Miguel Torres and Jens Pulver return in the Buckeye State.
WEC 46 in Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 10, may currently be in the shadows, but the card should soon start attracting the spotlight.
World Extreme Cagefighting on Saturday night announced former featherweight champion Mike Brown (22-5) would make his return – just two months after losing the title to Jose Aldo – at the Arco Arena. He will face Anthony Morrison (15-6), who finished UFC veteran Alvin Robinson in little more than a minute at a recent Ring of Fire event in Denver.
The bout adds to an explosive list of fights that includes a lightweight title unification bout between champion Jamie Varner and interim titleholder Ben Henderson. Hometown hero Urijah Faber jumps right back in the mix after healing up from injuries to face fellow top five featherweight Raphael Assuncao.
Other announced bouts include Dave Jansen vs. Kamal Shalorus, Mackens Semerzier vs. Deividas Taurosevicius, Charlie Valencia vs. Akitoshi Tamura, Wagnney Fabiano vs. Frank Gomez, Eddie Wineland vs. Rafael Rebello, and Coty Wheeler vs. Will Campuzano.