HyeFighter Karen Darabedyan Join the WEC and will fight in the SAME card as fellow HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan – 11/18/09
by Dann Stupp on Oct 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm ET
With the addition of WEC newcomer Karen Darabedyan (8-1 MMA, 0-0 WEC), the fight card for next month’s WEC 44 event is now complete.
WEC officials today announced the full fight card for the Nov. 18 event, which features a main event between WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown and challenger Jose Aldo.
The show takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the night’s four-fight main card airs on Versus.
“WEC continually delivers some of the best fights in the business,” WEC General Manager Reed Harris stated. “With this event taking place the same week as UFC 106, we guarantee that this will be one of the best fight weeks in the history of the sport.”
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported earlier today, Anthony Pettis was recently forced out of his lightweight bout with Rob McCullough (17-5 MMA, 8-3 WEC). WEC officials weren’t immediately sure who would take the vacant spot on the night’s televised card, though Darabedyan ultimately got the call to face the former WEC lightweight champion.
Darabedyan, a training partner of WEC 44 co-headliner Manny Gamburyan, is a Los Angeles-based fighter who’s racked up an 8-1 professional record during his three-year pro career. Half of his victories have come via stoppage, and his lone loss came to former UFC fighter Koji Oishi via decision.
The official fight card for WEC 44 now includes:
Champ Mike Brown vs. Jose Aldo (for WEC featherweight title)
Manny Gamburyan vs. Leonard Garcia
Karen Darabedyan vs. Rob McCullough
Danny Castillo vs. Shane Roller
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
Alex Karalexis vs. Kamal Shalorus
L.C. Davis vs. Diego Nunes
John Franchi vs. Cub Swanson
Antonio Banuelos vs. Kenji Osawa
James Krause vs. Ricardo Lamas
Seth Dikun vs. Frank Gomez
Tickets for the event are now on sale at ticketmaster.com.