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- GUT CHECK TIME FOR UFC FIGHTERS IN WEC

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For three UFC fighters, next week’s WEC fight card could be do or die as far as their fight future’s in the Octagon go. James Irvin’s rise in 205 took a speed bump when he lost to Stephan Bonnar at Ultimate Fight 3. Now he can’t afford another loss at this point of his career if he wants to be back in the Octagon. For Irvin next Friday he goes head to head against another UFC fighter, for Season One’s Ultimate Fighter in Lodune Sincaid.

Hermes Franca makes his return to MMA as he had some bad luck when he lost back to back split decisions to Yves Edwards and Josh Thomson in the Octagon. Now if he wants to return to the 155 division he will have WEC Lightweight Champion Gabe “Godzilla’ Rudeiger starring across from him. For Gabe, he feels this is his opportunity to make his name in the sport and with a win could find himself in the Octagon.

Tiki makes his return to the WEC for the first time in two years as he looks to get back into the fight game. Razor Rob McCullough will slug it out with Olaf as well on the show.

The most interesting matchup could be when King of the Cage Champion, Urijah Faber meets WEC champion Cole Escovedo in a champion vs champion fight. Here is the full card for next week’s show…..

WEC And Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino

And HDNet present

WEC XIX March 17th 2006″Undisputed”

St. Patrick’s Day Event

March 17th (Doors open 5:30p.m.) (Show Starts 6:00p.m.) (Live show 6:30p.m)

Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino – Lemoore, CA.

WEC.TV – THEPALACE.NET – HD.NET

Schedule of Events

“Bout Sheet”

START AT 6:00p.m.

WEC Preliminary Middleweight Fight (185)

Jimmy Dexter
Fresno, CA
185lbs/5’10″
Pacific Martial Arts
Freestyle Fighting

0-1

vs Kenny Ento
Lemoore, CA
185lbs/5’11″
Valley Fight Club
Freestyle Fighting

2-1

START OF 1st Show LIVE SHOW HDNet
Start At Live 6:30p.m.
WEC Heavyweight Fight (265)

Jay White
Portland, OR
260lbs/6’3
Team Quest
Jiu-Jitsu

vs
Jake O’Brian
Indianapolis, IN
240/6’3″
Integrated Fight Team
Wrestling

WEC Lightweight Fight (155)
T.B.A. vs
Ryan Healy
Reno, NV
155lbs/6’1″
North West Elite
Boxing

6-0-1

WEC Welterweight Fight (170)

Tiki
Huntington Beach, CA
170lbs/5’9″
Ultimate Training Center
Kickboxing

vs

Pat “Bam Bam” Healy
Salem, OR
170lbs/5’9
North West Elite
Boxing

WEC Co-Main Event Super fight

“Razor” Rob McCullough
Huntington Beach, CA
160lbs/5’9″
Ultimate Training Center
Muay Thai

vs

Olaf Alfonso
Ensenada, MX
160lbs/5’9″
Odo Fight Club
Freestyle Fighting

Main Event

WEC World Championship Lightweight Fight (155)
Hermes Franca
Jupiter, FL
155lbs/5’9″
Franca Fight Team
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

vs

Gabe “Godzilla” Ruediger – WEC Champion
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
155lbs/5’10″
Millenia
Jiu-Jitsu

WEC Bantamweight (135)
James Cottrell
Sandy, UT
135lbs/ 5’5″
Josh Burkman
Wreslting/Boxing

vs

Antonio Banuelos
San Luis Obispo, CA
135lbs/5’3″
The Pit Fight Team
Wrestling/Kickboxing

WEC Light Heavyweight Fight (205)
Lodune Sincaid
North Hollywood, CA
205lbs/5’10″
Freestyle Fighting

vs

James “Sandman” Irvin
Sacramento, CA
205lbs/6’2″
CCFA

WEC Middleweight Fight (185)
Troy Miller
Fresno, CA
175bs/5’10″
Jung’s Martial Arts

vs

Tony “The Tribal” Alanis
Lemoore, CA
175lbs/5’9″
Sam Ochoa’s Kempo Karate
Submission Fighting

WEC Light Heavyweight Fight (205)

Doug “Rhino” Marshall
Visalia, CA
195lbs/5’10″
Rhino Fight Team
Freestyle Fighting

vs

Tim “Wrecking Machine” Mckenzie
Tempe, AZ
195lbs/5’11″
AZ Combat Sports
Wrestling Jiu-Jitsu

WEC World Championship Featherweight Fight (145)

Urijah “California Kid” Faber
Sacramento, CA
145lbs/ 5’7″
CCFA
Wrestling

vs

Cole “Apache Kid” Escovedo
Fresno, CA
145lbs/5’9″
Pacific Martial Arts
Jiu-Jitsu

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