WEC 40

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WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki
The poster for WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki.
PromotionWorld Extreme Cagefighting
DateApril 5, 2009
VenueUIC Pavilion
CityChicago, Illinois
Event chronology
WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2

WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki was a mixed martial arts event held by World Extreme Cagefighting on April 5, 2009 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.[1] The event aired live on the Versus Network.


This was the first WEC event to exclusively feature fights in the lightweight, featherweight, and bantamweight weight classes. The organization's heavier weight classes had been folded into the UFC over the previous four months. World Extreme Cagefighting would maintain this weight class structure for the remainder of the promotion's existence.

WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres was to defend his title against Brian Bowles at this event, but Bowles was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a back injury, and was replaced by WEC newcomer Takeya Mizugaki.[2] The Torres/Bowles bout was rescheduled for WEC 42 that August, where Bowles won the title by knockout.

Early reports suggested that Wagnney Fabiano could face former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber at this event, though he was later confirmed to be facing Fredson Paixao instead.[3]

Anthony Pettis was scheduled to make his WEC debut at this event against Anthony Njokuani, but was forced from the card with a broken hand and was replaced by Bart Palaszewski.

Cole Province was originally slated to face Rafael Dias at this event, but bowed out due to an injury and was replaced by Mike Budnik.[4]

A featherweight bout between Cub Swanson and Diego Nunes was once scheduled for this card, but was cancelled after Nunes suffered a hand injury three days prior to the event.[5]

The event drew an estimated 470,000 viewers on Versus.[6]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight Miguel Torres (c) def Takeya Mizugaki Decision (unanimous) (49–46, 49–46, 48–47) 5 5:00 [a]
Bantamweight Joseph Benavidez def Jeff Curran Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Benson Henderson def Shane Roller TKO (punches) 1 1:41
Featherweight Raphael Assunção def Jameel Massouh Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Lightweight Anthony Njokuani def Bart Palaszewski TKO (punches) 2 0:27 [b]
Bantamweight Dominick Cruz def Ivan Lopez Technical Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) 3 3:24 [c]
Featherweight Wagnney Fabiano def Fredson Paixao Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Rani Yahya def Eddie Wineland Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 1:07 [d]
Bantamweight Akitoshi Tamura def Manny Tapia Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Rafael Dias def Mike Budnik Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the Bantamweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout was featured on the main broadcast.
  3. ^ Cruz landed an illegal knee to the head of Lopez while he was on the ground at 3:24 of round 3. Since Lopez was unable to continue, the bout was stopped and went to the scorecards.[7]
  4. ^ This bout was featured on the main broadcast.

Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $10,000 bonuses.[8]

  • Fight of the Night: United States Miguel Torres vs. Japan Takeya Mizugaki
  • Knockout of the Night: Nigeria Anthony Njokuani
  • Submission of the Night: Brazil Rani Yahya

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Morgan, John (February 10, 2009). "WEC 40 to be held in Chicago; headlined by Torres vs. Bowles". mmajunkie.com.
  2. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=8257&zoneid=2
  3. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/13966/wagnney-fabiano-to-meet-fredson-paixao-not-urijah-faber-at-wec-40.mma
  4. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/14380/mike-budnik-replaces-cole-province-at-wec-40-torres-vs-mizugaki.mma
  5. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/14447/with-nunes-hurt-swansons-wec-40-fight-off-love-for-deep-dish-pizza-on.mma
  6. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/events/wec-40-torres-vs-mizugaki
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2015-07-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "WEC 40: Torres, Mizugaki, Njokuani and Yahya earn $10K bonuses". mmajunkie.com. 2009-04-06.