by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
The WEC will run its 2nd show under Zuffa on March 24 as they return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Three title fights highlight the card.
In the main event UFC veteran, John “The Natural” Alessio takes on F.I.T. fighter Carlos Condit for the vacant WEC Welterweight Championship. Both fighters are coming off wins at WEC 25, Alessio submitting Brian Gassaway with a rear naked choke and Carlos Condit doing the same to Kyle Jensen.
In the co-main event, WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber puts his title on the line against Dominik Cruz. Faber is coming off a successful defense of his title at WEC 25, where he demolished Pride veteran Joe Pearson with elbows. Cruz is coming off a decision victory over Shad Smith at Total Combat 18.
In the final title fight of the night, WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland makes his return to the WEC to defend his title against Chase Beebe. Wineland is coming off a decision victory over Dan Swift at Total Fight Challenge 7. Beebe is coming off a submission victory over Sam Jackson at XFO 14.
Several UFC veterans are on the card as well. Joe Riggs will make his return to the WEC as he takes on longtime Pancrase veteran Hiromitsu Miura in a middleweight bout. Riggs is coming off a knockout loss to Diego Sanchez at Ultimate Fight Night 8. Miura is coming off a TKO win over Ryo Kakigawa at HEROS 7.
In a welterweight bout, UFC veteran Brock Larson takes on famed KOTC announcer and fighter Erik Apple. Larson is coming off a close decision victory over Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura at Ultimate Fight Night 8. Apple is coming off a TKO win over Ray Elbe at Total Combat 16.
In a welterweight bout, UFC veteran Tiki Ghosn takes on up and coming fighter Dave Terrel. Ghosn is coming off an injury loss to Pat Healy at WEC 19. Terrel is coming off a decision loss to Aaron Wetherspoon at KOTC: Destroyer.
The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel
March 24, 2007
WEC Welterweight Championship: John Alessio vs. Carlos Condit
WEC Featherweight Championship: Urijah Faber (c) vs. Dominik Cruz
WEC Bantamweight Championship: Eddie Wineland (c) vs. Chase Beebe
Middleweight Bout: Joe Riggs vs. Hiromitsu Miura
Welterweight Bout: Brock Larson vs. Erik Apple
Welterweight Bout: Tiki Ghosn vs. Dave Terrel
Featherweight Bout: Cub Swanson vs. Tommy Lee
Welterweight Bout: Alex Serduykov vs. Scott Norton
Featherweight Bout: Micah Miller vs. Jesse Moreng
Light Heavyweight Bout: Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell