Versus, which this weekend is presenting America’s attempt to recapture tennis’ Davis Cup for the first time since 1995, has set the lineup for its fourth live World Extreme Cagefighting event.
Slated for 9 p.m. (ET) on Dec. 12 from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the card will feature three world title fights and the return of a mixed martial arts star.
Shot in high-definition, the telecast’s main event will feature WEC featherweight champion Urjiah “The California Kid” Urjiah Faber (19-1) defending his title against Jeff “Big Frog” Curran (28-8-1), a UFC and PRIDE veteran. “The Rhino,” Doug Marshall (6-2), will defend his light heavyweight title against Cuba’s Ariel Gandulla (4-0). Additionally, Paulo Filho (15-0) will defend his middleweight crown against Chael Sonnen (19-8-1), while former UFC lightweight champion Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver (7-0) is scheduled to make his WEC debut at 145 pounds. against rising star Cub Swanson.
The Dec. 12 card is the first since Versus and WEC announced an extension of the partnership to bring 15 additional live WEC events and 20 WEC WrekCAGE episodes—a show that features a mix of the top matches from WEC events never before seen on television and VERSUS’ best live events—to the Comcast Corp.-owned network.
Versus will tout the event on Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. with preview show, WEC Outside the Cage, which will include interviews, fight clips and behind-the-scenes footage.
“Three great title fights on the card, led by one of the most popular MMA fighters in Urijah Faber, coupled with the WEC debut of UFC star Jens Pulver is a great way to kick off our recently extended partnership,” said Versus senior vice president of programming and production Marc Fein in a statement. “Viewership has increased with each fight since the WEC’s first event on Versus and we are confident that this tremendous line-up of fights will continue that trend.”