As expected, “WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan” has officially been announced for September 30th at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
A featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and Manny Gamburyan will headline the star-stud card. Aldo owns a dominant 17-1 professional record and is considered the planet’s most efficient marksman this side of Anderson Silva.
“I’m excited to fight Manny Gamburyan, who is a really good fighter,” Aldo said. “I know that he has good judo and punching power, but I expect to knock him out. He’s not taking my belt.”
The Armenian is perfect through his first three WEC fights and will look to ride that momentum into the biggest scrap of his career. He holds a respectable 11-4 record and has quickly made a name for himself since dropping to the 145-pound division.
“I feel blessed to have this opportunity,” Gamburyan said. “This is a fight featuring the number one and number two fighters in the world in this division, so there are no secrets to my game plan. I’ve gotta bring my ‘A’ game. I have to be in top-notch shape, I’ve got to have good standup, ground and wrestling. Everything has to be perfect. I think he’s a great fighter and I respect him as a champion, but I fight to destroy. It’s my time and I’ve got to shine.”
In addition to the featherweight title fight, WEC General Manager Reed Harris confirmed today that Denver native Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will meet former lightweight champ Jamie Varner in a long-awaited grudge rematch. In addition, former bantamweight title holder Miguel Torres returns to the cage to take on the red-hot Charlie Valencia.
Adding more fuel to the fire are featherweight bouts pitting Leonard Garcia vs. Mark Hominick and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung vs. George Roop.
Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday, July 31st at 10AM MT. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to WEC newsletter subscribers on Thursday, July 29 starting at 10AM MT. To access this pre-sale, users must register for the WEC newsletter through wec.tv.
Here are the fighters rumored/expected to participate in the freebie Versus broadcast:
Tyler Toner vs. TBD
Leonard Garcia vs. Mark Hominick
Chan Sung Jung “The Korean Zombie” vs. George Roop
Chris Horodecki vs. Ed Ratcliff
Miguel Torres vs. Charlie Valencia
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Jaime Varner
Manny Gamburyan vs. Jose Aldo (WEC Featherweight Champion)