This is a good fight on paper. The card would have been much better with the Sonnen vs. Filho II fight on it. I am looking forward to this fight, it has been billed as a good guy vs. bad guy fight. On one side you have the champ, Doug “Rhino” Marshall. He talks a lot of talk, he has a foul mouth and he looks the bad guy part. On the other side you have an army veteran, the “All American” Brian Stann. I am not going to pull any punches, I am rooting for Stann. I think he could be a great MMA fighter, especialyl if he has any ground game. Marshall may never find out. I am predicting a round 1 TKO for Stann. He is a potential star, and a win for Stann translates to $$$ for the WEC.
Today it was announced that June would be the date for the Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver fight. Also they announced a Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia bantamweight title fight. I am lookign forward to that card. Torres really impressed me against Beebe. He is 33-1. I think he could dominate that divison and then move up and beat Faber. The Faber vs. Pulver fight will be good. Pulver I thought was done in MMA and then he comes and beat Cub Swanson quickly. Faber is the man and the face of his division. I will root for and pick Faber and Torres to retain their belts.
I also wonder what other title defenses will come. When will Paulo Filho get it together and come out of rehab ready to fight? Who will he fight? I would say Filho will be offered the winner of the Sonnen vs. Baker fight tonight, which I am not counting out Baker to win. Who will Jamie Varner face in his first title defense? My bet would be a re-match with Rob McCullough. I think Razor Rob is a better fighter than Varner and will get the belt back eventually. Who will Carlos Condit next fight? Heaven knows, he is awesome. The WEC has done well and have 4 or 5 stars in Faber, Torres, Filho, Stann, and Condit. The WEC is better off when these guys win. I’d still like to see some of them against the best in the UFC, especially Condit and Filho. If Faber could move to 155, he could be a great UFC fighter.
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