Tatame.com issued a new report today, indicating featherweight standout Wagnney Fabiano (11-1) will take on Fredson Paixao (8-2) -- not Urijah Faber -- at WEC 40: "Torres vs. Bowles" from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill., on April 5.
Fabiano was the last reigning 145-pound champion in the now defunct International Fight League (IFL). He put together six straight submission wins under the promotion's banner, including his title-winning performance over L.C. Davis via first round submission (armbar) in December 2007.
The only loss of his career thus far was to former WEC 145-pound number one contender Jeff Curran via split decision at APEX: "A Night Of Champions" in October 2006. He joined the IFL following the set back and hasn't lost since.
Fabiano made his WEC debut in December on the main card of WEC 37: "Torres vs. Tapia," scoring a third round submission win by arm triangle over a very tough Akitoshi Tamura. It wasn't a memorable performance, but it was effective.
Paixao was supposed to take on top division player top Jose Aldobe at WEC 38; however, he was forced out of the bout at the last minute for an undisclosed reason. On fight night, it will have been nearly two years since his last professional contest -- a match in which he scored a first round submission win over Thomas Denny at GFC: "Evolution."
He holds notable career wins over Rani Yahya, Masakazu Imanari and others.
WEC 40 will feature a main event between bantamweight champion and Chicago resident, Miguel Torres, against challenger Brian Bowles. Joseph Benavidez and Jeff Curran will also meet on in the co main event to decide the number one contender in the 135-pound division.
The main card of WEC 40 will air live on the Versus network at 9:30 p.m. on April 5. To check out the latest fight card and rumors for "Torres vs. Bowles" click here.