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MattHughesRocks
02-04-2010, 01:02 AM
World Extreme Cagefighting officially announced their first foray into the world of pay-per-view on Wednesday as the promotion is set to descend once again into Sacramento, Calif., on April 24 for a star studded card that will feature a main event pitting featherweight champion Jose Aldo against hometown hero Urijah Faber with the 145-pound title on the line.

As announced by the Associated Press on Wednesday, the card will cost $44.99 and will be the company's first attempt at a pay-per-view draw after shows emulating on the Versus network for the past few years.

Alongside Aldo vs. Faber will be another championship bout that will feature a replay of one of the top fights of all 2009 when lightweight champion Ben Henderson puts his title on the line against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.

Henderson defeated Cerrone in 2009 winning a decision over the New Mexico based fighter in what can only be described as an absolute war. Since that time, Henderson went on to defeat former champion Jamie Varner to unify the lightweight title and Cerrone recently gained a victory over Ed Ratcliff to earn his way back to No. 1 contender status.

The third fight announced for the Arco Arena card will pit former 145-pound champion Mike Brown against "Ultimate Fighter" alum Manny Gamburyan that is sure to determine the next top contender for the featherweight crown.

Brown bounced back after losing a fight to Jose Aldo to smash WEC newcomer Anthony Morrison in January, while Gamburyan has gone 2-0 since dropping to 145 pounds and recently defeated top ten fighter Leonard Garcia, to put himself right in the crosshairs of a title shot down the road.

The card will see the WEC return to Arco Arena for the second time in 2010. The promotion's card in January was also in Sacramento and saw over 10,000 fans pack the arena to see the show that night.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=10653&zoneid=2

atomdanger
02-04-2010, 02:16 AM
44.99 for a WEC event.
No thanks.

I would have ordered it if it were 19 maybe.
But damn.

J.B.
02-04-2010, 03:08 AM
How can Zuffa justify charging the same for a WEC event as a UFC event?

VCURamFan
02-04-2010, 04:56 AM
How can Zuffa justify charging the same for a WEC event as a UFC event?

"The UFC is the premier MMA organization for LW-HW & the WEC is the premier organization for BW-LW. It only makes sense that the two top promotions should charge the same for their PPVs.

MattHughesRocks
02-04-2010, 05:19 AM
I think the numbers after will make them rethink the price.

J.B.
02-04-2010, 06:54 AM
"The UFC is the premier MMA organization for LW-HW & the WEC is the premier organization for BW-LW. It only makes sense that the two top promotions should charge the same for their PPVs.

That's a nice way to try and pitch it, but the problem is that most fans don't see the WEC as PPV worthy, and certainly not $45 worthy. If the WEC is just as premier as the UFC then why do their fighters get paid so much less?

It seems like this is more of an attempt to see if Uriah Faber can carry a PPV card all by himself, and to try and cash in on the hardcore WEC fans who are willing to pay that much money to watch what is generally perceived as 2nd in line behind the UFC.

atomdanger
02-04-2010, 08:00 AM
"The UFC is the premier MMA organization for LW-HW & the WEC is the premier organization for BW-LW. It only makes sense that the two top promotions should charge the same for their PPVs.

"premier"? ehhh. Not so much.
WEC doesn't have much for LW's, not on a world scale anyway.

35 and 45 aren't interesting to most people. I just can't see it.

County Mike
02-04-2010, 10:54 AM
Charging something doesn't bother me too much but the price is high. $30 tops in my opinion.

Maybe I'll stream this one and get on Dana's bad boy list.

Max
02-04-2010, 12:18 PM
The three fights they have announced so far are good and as long as the rest of the fights look interesting I will buy it. I still think the best bet would be to just add the FW and BW classes to the UFC and then just use WEC as a feeder system though.

VCURamFan
02-04-2010, 02:55 PM
That's a nice way to try and pitch it, but the problem is that most fans don't see the WEC as PPV worthy, and certainly not $45 worthy. If the WEC is just as premier as the UFC then why do their fighters get paid so much less?

It seems like this is more of an attempt to see if Uriah Faber can carry a PPV card all by himself, and to try and cash in on the hardcore WEC fans who are willing to pay that much money to watch what is generally perceived as 2nd in line behind the UFC.

"premier"? ehhh. Not so much.
WEC doesn't have much for LW's, not on a world scale anyway.

35 and 45 aren't interesting to most people. I just can't see it.

I agree 100% with what y'all are saying. Believe me, I'm not trying to defend the decision, I think it's a bunch of crap. JB just asked ho they could justify it & I tried. as just trying to play Devil's Advocate, ya kno?

J.B.
02-04-2010, 05:10 PM
I agree 100% with what y'all are saying. Believe me, I'm not trying to defend the decision, I think it's a bunch of crap. JB just asked ho they could justify it & I tried. as just trying to play Devil's Advocate, ya kno?

I hear ya man :)

F34R
02-04-2010, 06:14 PM
heck a lot of the UFC cards aren't justified at that price.. much less the WEC cards...

ufcfan2
02-04-2010, 10:16 PM
Hmm, Id think I'd rather watch SF for their price for which Im not sure what its price is(25/35?) than the price gouging UFC does and now WEC...

Max
02-04-2010, 11:14 PM
Hmm, Id think I'd rather watch SF for their price for which Im not sure what its price is(25/35?) than the price gouging UFC does and now WEC...

if i remember correctly, strikeforce is on Showtime so their price would be free if you have showtime

atomdanger
02-04-2010, 11:43 PM
if i remember correctly, strikeforce is on Showtime so their price would be free if you have showtime

Has SF ever done a PPV?

Jason 16
02-04-2010, 11:57 PM
I just hope that every one on the card gets a good pay check

cubsfan47
02-05-2010, 11:41 AM
"The UFC is the premier MMA organization for LW-HW & the WEC is the premier organization for BW-LW. It only makes sense that the two top promotions should charge the same for their PPVs.

Absolutely awful pricing. I used to be pissed that Direct Tv had dropped Versus, and was looking forward to WEC PPVs so I could watch the fights honestly. Now I say no, this is just too much. If there's a UFC PPV and a WEC PPV in the same month that's getting close to $100 with tax.

I think I'll stick with Strikeforce. At least with Showtime you also get movies.

cubsfan47
02-05-2010, 11:43 AM
Has SF ever done a PPV?

Always, They are $24.95 for non-Showtime customers.

Tyburn
02-05-2010, 06:54 PM
Whilst WEC is a premier event...it should not be sold as PPV at that extortiante price. The reason its become so popular is partly due to it being free to watch...and visiting live is nothing like watching a PPV event...visiting even a small regional promotion can be exciting, whilst paying for such an event would be crap...especially if its extortinate.

The UFC are begining to push the limits in terms of cost...their PPVs are too expensive, and made more so because of their frequency, and what they charge for a visit is nothing short of shameful...shocking...who do they think they are coming to England twice a year and charging some stupid ammount for half way decent seats...and I mean that...sitting in the gods and paying 500 pounds stirling :huh: NOTHING is worth that sort of money :laugh: