Just one day after "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo," the promotion today rounded out the televised main card for WEC 46 with two new match ups -- Mackens Semerzier vs. Deividas Taurosevicius and Charlie Valencia vs. Akitoshi Tamura -- via its official Web site.
The featherweight fight between Semerzier and Taurosevicius features a young fighter who just defeated one of the top featherweights in the world up against an experienced IFL veteran.
Semerzier is coming off an enormous upset victory over Brazilian Wagnney Fabian at WEC 43, continuing his undefeated record. This fight will mark his second appearance in the WEC.
Taurosevicius last fought at WEC 43, defeating Javier Vasquez via split decision and, in the process, rebounding from a decision loss suffered to Ryan Schultz at IFL Connecticut in 2008. This will be the experienced featherweight’s second fight in the WEC.
The bantamweight match up features two veterans of the sport in Valencia and Tamura.
Valencia last competed at WEC 43, defeating Coty Wheeler via unanimous decision. The victory marked his second in a row -- he defeated Seth Dikun nine months prior at WEC 38. This will be Valencia’s eighth fight with the promotion.
Standing opposite Valencia will be Shooto veteran Akitoshi Tamura. Tamura is coming off a decision victory over former top contender Manny Tapia at WEC 40. Prior to that fight, he lost to Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 37. This will be "Ironman’s" second fight in the promotion.
WEC 46 is set for ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California on Jan. 10 of 2010.
The main event is a title unification bout between interim lightweight champion Ben Henderson and defending champion Jamie Varner. Also featured is a featherweight bout between the ever-popular Urijah Faber and jiu-jitsu wizard Raphael Assuncao.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for breaking news and coverage surrounding the WEC’s first event of the new year.