by MMAWeekly.com Staff
As the WEC prepares for their 50th show in August, WEC 51 has taken shape and on Monday the promotion officially announced their next card taking place on September 30 in Broomfield, CO with featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his belt against top contender Manny Gamburyan in the main event.
Aldo last fought in April winning a unanimous decision over Urijah Faber at the WEC’s first ever pay-per-view show, and looks to make consecutive title defenses when he returns in September. Opposing the champion will be former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist Manny Gamburyan, who has gone undefeated since dropping to 145lbs and moving over to the WEC.
Also announced for the card will be a grudge match between old foes Jamie Varner and Colorado native Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The two have no love lost from a bout they had in January 2009 in which Varner was unable to continue late in the fight after an illegal knee from Cerrone.
Former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres hopes to stop the first ever two fights skid of his professional career when he takes on Charlie Valencia on the card. Torres hopes to erase the memories of those back-to-back losses, while Valencia looks to build on a three fight win streak.
Leonard Garcia battles Mark Hominick in a featherweight contest that has “Fight of the Year” written all over it. Both fighters are coming off of classic bouts, and this one should be no different.
The final fight confirmed so far for the September 30 show will be a match-up between former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor George Roop as he takes on “The Korean Zombie” himself, Chan Sung Jung.
WEC 51 will take place on September 30 in Broomfield, CO and information about tickets will be available in the coming days, and the live broadcast of the show will be on the Versus network.