by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com; photo by April Pishna, ACF
World Exteme Cagefighting (WEC), in conjunction with the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California, announced Wednesday an MMA event scheduled for July 28th, with all proceeds going directly to the Ryan Bennett Family Benefit Fund.
Wes “The Project” Sims was the first fighter to volunteer his services.
The WEC press release stated, “All fighters will receive $100 for their fight. The fights will be considered exhibitions so your record won’t be affected, your fight will be broadcast nationwide on HDNet in high definition and the world will know what kind of heart you have. All travel will be paid for as well as accommodations by WEC. Matches will be based on the approval of both camps and/or fighters.”
Sims has waived the hundred dollars and has offered to compete free of charge.
Sims was on his way to California, where he has accepted yet another on very short notice. Sims will be squaring off against Bobby Hoffman this weekend on the King of the Cage (KOTC) show in California.
“The Project” will actually be fighting three weekends in a row. He competed last weekend against Daniel Gracie in the International Fight League (IFL). This week, he takes on Bobby Hoffman in KOTC, and next week he’ll be in the state of Indiana going up against Jimmy Ambriz in Full Contact Fighter Series.
Wes’ opponent for the July 28th benefit show remains unknown. He told MMAWeekly, “I don’t care who I fight. I’d like to fight the current Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweight Champion [Tim Sylvia].”
Other fighters who are set to participate on the WEC’s July 28th card honoring Ryan Bennett include James “The Sandman” Irvin, Poppies “Tachi Kid” Martinez, Doug “Rhino” Marshall, and Glover “The Brazilian Pit Bull” Teixeira.