WEC 36

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WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown
A poster or logo for WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown.
Promotion World Extreme Cagefighting
Date November 5, 2008
Venue Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
City Hollywood, Florida
Attendance 5,227[1]
Total gate $563,578[1]
Event chronology
WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia

WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown was a mixed martial arts event held by World Extreme Cagefighting that took place on November 5, 2008 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The event aired live on the Versus Network.


WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho fought Chael Sonnen in the co-main event of the evening in a rematch of their WEC 31 title fight, where Filho won via a controversial submission. The rematch was also supposed to be a title bout, but became a non-title fight after Filho failed to make weight. After losing the fight (but not the title) to Sonnen, Filho pledged to mail the belt to Sonnen,[2] but the division was absorbed into the UFC on December 3, before future plans for the title could be determined, making this the last middleweight fight in WEC history.

Danillo Villefort was supposed to make his WEC debut against Jake Rosholt at this event, but was pulled from the bout after his visa expired.[3] He was replaced by fellow WEC newcomer Nissen Osterneck.

This event was originally scheduled for September 10, 2008 but was postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Ike. [1]

The event drew an estimated 497,000 viewers on Versus.[4]


Preliminary card[edit]

Yahya defeated Maeda via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:30 of round 1.
Castillo defeated Dias via TKO (strikes) at 2:54 of round 2.
Marrero defeated Steinbeiss via split decision (29–28, 29–28, 28–29)
Aldo defeated Brookins via TKO (strikes) at 0:45 of round 3.
Simpson defeated Avellan via KO (punch) at 0:18 of round 1. This bout aired on the live broadcast.
Cerrone defeated McCullough via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–27).

Main card[edit]

Rosholt defeated Osterneck via TKO (punches) at 3:48 of round 2.
Garcia defeated Pulver via TKO (punches) at 1:12 of round 1.
Sonnen defeated Filho via unanimous decision. (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). Filho was supposed to defend his Middleweight Championship belt, but missed weight by four pounds, forcing the bout to be a non-title catchweight bout.
Brown defeated Faber via TKO (punches) at 2:23 of round 1 to become the new WEC Featherweight champion.

Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $7,500 bonuses.[5]

  • Fight of the Night: United States Donald Cerrone vs. United States Rob McCullough
  • Knockout of the Night: United States Mike Brown and United States Leonard Garcia
  • Submission of the Night: Brazil Rani Yahya[6]

Reported Payouts[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Florida State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the WEC.[7]

  • Mike Brown: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Urijah Faber: $24,000
  • Chael Sonnen: $48,250 ($19,000 win bonus) def. Paulo Filho: $30,750 ^
  • Leonard Garcia: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Jens Pulver: $33,000
  • Jake Rosholt: $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus) def. Nissen Osterneck: $4,000
  • Donald Cerrone: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus) def. Rob McCullough: $18,000
  • Aaron Simpson: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. David Avellan: $3,000
  • Jose Aldo: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Jonathan Brookins: $3,000
  • Carmelo Marrero: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Steve Steinbeiss: $6,000
  • Danny Castillo: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Rafael Dias: $3,000
  • Rani Yayha: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Yoshiro Maeda: $6,000

^ Filho was forced to surrender 25 percent of his base pay to Sonnen after failing to make weight for the fight.

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