Good news for all WEC fans! The organization has successfully sorted out all the late injury problems and is now ready with a recently shuffled lineup. With just one week in hand before they return to the Versus airwaves, it certainly will help the promotion authorities to breathe easy. The organization faced a serious blow when a couple of late injuries left bantamweight fighters Eddie Wineland and George Roop without any opponents. But the promotion has now sorted this problem out by pairing the two against each other to contest the 10-fight card of the evening.
The event will feature a Lightweight title unification match and the current champions Benson Henderson and Jamie Verner will contest in this match to win the prestigious title. The event is scheduled to take place on January 10th at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California and the main card will be aired live on Versus. Roop gained a considerable popularity for his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 8”. This Arizona native defeated John Polakowski and Rolando Delgado to earn his place in the semi-finals of the tournament; but he was defeated by finalist Phillipe Nover by submission. This had been a rough year for Roop as he suffered most of the season with an injured and badly swollen hand. But his zeal and passion for the game finally earned him a place in the season finale. This is going to be Roop’s first in a UFC ring.
Wineland, on the other hand, must be looking forward to use this opportunity and climb back the Bantamweight ladder of WEC. His recent victory over Manny Tapia is sure to be a huge moral boost for him before the WEC 46 main event. In fact, Wineland was the first-ever Bantamweight Champion of this promotion who lost his belt to Chase Beebe on March 2007. The final WEC card is as follows:
* Champ Jamie Varner vs. interim champ Benson Henderson (to unify lightweight title)
* Raphael Assuncao vs. Urijah Faber
* Dave Jansen vs. Kamal Shalorus
* Mike Brown vs. Anthony Morrison
* Mackens Semerzier vs. Deividas Taurosevicius
* Akitoshi Tamura vs. Charlie Valencia
* Bryan Caraway vs. Mark Hominick
* Wagnney Fabiano vs. Clint Godfrey
* George Roop vs. Eddie Wineland
* Will Campuzano vs. Coty Wheeler