WEC 25

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WEC 25: McCullough vs. Cope
A poster or logo for WEC 25: McCullough vs. Cope.
Information
Promotion World Extreme Cagefighting
Date January 20, 2007
Venue Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Event chronology
WEC 24: Full Force WEC 25: McCullough vs. Cope WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio

WEC 25: McCullough vs. Cope was the first mixed martial arts event held by the World Extreme Cagefighting under Zuffa management. The event was held on January 20, 2007. WEC 25's main event was a championship fight for the vacant WEC Lightweight Title, between rivals Rob McCullough and Kit Cope. The co-main event was a WEC Featherweight Title bout between champion, Urijah Faber and challenger Joe Pearson.

A WEC Light Heavyweight Title bout was originally advertised between champion Doug Marshall and Jorge Oliveira, but the bout was later pulled from the card. Marshall would instead make his first title defense against Justin McElfresh at WEC 27 in May 2007.

Results[edit]

Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Rob McCullough def Kit Cope submission (punches) 1 2:52 [a]
Featherweight Urijah Faber (c) def Joe Pearson submission (strikes) 1 2:31 [b]
Welterweight John Alessio def Brian Gassaway submission (rear naked choke) 1 4:50
Middleweight Leroy Lyons def Blas Avena TKO (elbows) 3 4:23
Preliminary card
Middleweight Brendan Seguin def Fernando Gonzalez unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Alex Karalexis def Olaf Alfonso TKO (punches) 2 3:53
Welterweight Carlos Condit def Kyle Jensen submission (rear naked choke) 1 2:10
Bantamweight Antonio Banuelos def Mike French unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Richard Crunkilton def Mike Joy submission (anaconda choke) 3 4:23


Reported Payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the WEC.

  • Rob McCullough: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Kit Cope: $5,000
  • Urijah Faber: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Joe Pearson: $4,000
  • John Alessio: $10,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Brian Gassaway: $4,000
  • Leroy Lyons: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Blas Avena: $2,500
  • Brendan Seguin: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus) def. Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000
  • Alex Karalexis: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Olaf Alfanso: $4,000
  • Carlos Condit: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Jensen: $3,000
  • Antonio Banuelos: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Mike French: $3,000
  • Rich Crunkilton: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Mike Joy: $2,000

Miscelleaneous[edit]

  • First WEC show under Zuffa management.
  • The WEC Lightweight Title was previously held by Hermes Franca, who had to vacate it in order to continue to compete in the UFC

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