The rematch between World Extreme Cagefighting champion Mike Brown
and former champion Urijah Faber
will be televised on June 7 on Versus -- and not on pay-per-view, as the WEC had previously suggested.
That's the news, first reported by Sam Caplan at Five Ounces of Pain
and later confirmed by Ariel Helwani of Versus.com
. My own speculation is that the organization's previous talk of putting WEC 41 on pay-per-view was something of a trial balloon, and that the feedback from fans led the promotion to think pay-per-view would not be successful.
So Versus gets to televise one of the best MMA fights of the year, a fight that will likely draw the highest ratings in WEC history.
I still think the WEC will eventually put fights on pay-per-view, maybe even this year, but it's not there yet. It would need a card that's really
stacked -- maybe the Brown-Faber winner defending his title, Miguel Torres defending the bantamweight title, the first WEC flyweight title fight, and a couple more fights beyond that. So the good news is that everyone can watch this great fight for the cost of basic cable.