Two title bouts -- one of which includes the debut of middleweight sensation Paulo Filho -- headline the very solid World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) event tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Even better, WEC 29 will be televised for free on the Versus cable channel, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Here are the guaranteed televised matches:
- Paulo Filho vs. Joe Doerksen (For the vacant middleweight title)
- Carlos Condit vs. Brock Larson (For Condit's welterweight title)
- Jeff Curran vs. Stephen Ledbetter
- Jamie Varner vs. Sherron Legget
Filho is an elite 185-pound fighter who up until this point made a living in PRIDE FC, dominating some very stiff competition. He's not a knockout fighter, however, with most of his wins coming by way of submission/decision (93 percent).
To get a little insight Filho and his approach to fighting check out this article over at Brawl Sports from Steve Seivert. He hopes that the insane skill and technique of the Brazilian is not lost on American fans.
Doerksen is a hard-nosed and well-rounded UFC veteran. From the IFL to the DEEP, he has been very busy since his last appearance inside the Octagon in March 2006 -- a unanimous decision loss to Nathan Marquardt at UFC 58.
In fact, he has gone on to win seven consecutive fights since that time. He also boast victories over notables such as Denis Kang, Chris Leben and Ed Herman.
It should be a great fight, especially if Doerksen can stay off his back. With Filho, Miller, Doerksen, Riggs and more, is anyone a little more excited about the WEC middleweight division that the UFC?
In the other featured bout of the evening, Carlos Condit defends his 170-pound title against Brock Larson. It is the first title defense for Condit since he submitted John Alessio at WEC 26 to capture the welterweight strap.
He's going to have his hands full, too. That's because Larson -- a two-fight UFC veteran -- is an absolute animal. He has two first round wins in he previous WEC fights against Erik Apple and Kevin Knabjan, respectively.
It should be a very entertaining evening thanks to the Zuffa-owned WEC. Definitely check it out if Versus is available in your area. And for more stories about this show click here, here, here, here, here and here.
To check out the WEC 29 weigh-in results and some pictures of the staredowns click here.