by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
World Extreme Cagefighting vice president Peter Dropick on Tuesday announced that the promotion would take another big step towards expanding the company’s reach into foreign markets. WEC 42, which takes place at the new Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, will be available outside of North America as a web-based broadcast.
The web broadcast will be the same English language feed that airs live in the United States on the Versus network. It will air outside of North America on both WEC.tv and UFC.com and cost $9.99.
“Based on some international demand that we’ve seen, specifically coming out of Japan, WEC will be shown live internationally on our website WEC.tv along with UFC.com,” stated Dropick.
“Recently, we had some meetings in Japan. (Takeya) Mizugaki has got a lot of media interest, so Japan is one of the areas we really wanted to target.”
WEC 42 will be geo-blocked in North America due to the promotion’s broadcast licensing agreement with Versus, which airs the event live on basic cable in the United States.
The televised portion of the card feature No. 1 ranked bantamweight Miguel Torres defending his WEC title from No. 2 ranked Brian Bowles, Joseph Benavidez against Dominick Cruz, Ricardo Lamas versus Danny Castillo, and Takeya Mizugaki facing Jeff Curran, as well as any preliminary bouts that time permits.