Former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland will meet Will Campuzano in a featured matchup at WEC 49 “Varner vs. Shalorus” on June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The promotion has finalized an 11-bout lineup for the event, which will serve as its debut north of the border.
Wineland will carry a two-fight winning streak into the match. The 25-year-old last competed in January, when he defeated “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 semifinalist George Roop by unanimous decision. Anchored at the Duneland Vale Tudo camp in Hobart, Ind., Wineland has secured 12 of his 16 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.
Originally slated to compete on the undercard, the Mexican-born Campuzano has not appeared since he outpointed Coty Wheeler en route to a unanimous decision four months ago. The bout earned the two bantamweights matching $10,000 bonuses for “Fight of the Night.” Only one of Campuzano’s eight fights has reached the judges.
Meanwhile, American Top Team’s Rafael Rebello -- Campuzano’s original foe -- will lock horns with promotional newcomer Chris Cariaso in a preliminary tilt.
Rebello has won five of his last six fights. The 29-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt last appeared at WEC 41 in June, when he submitted Kyle Dietz with a first-round rear-naked choke. In nine professional appearances, Rebello has never been finished.
Based in San Francisco, the once-beaten Cariaso has rattled off three consecutive wins since his TKO loss to recent Bellator Fighting Championships signee Mark Oshiro in March 2008. The 28-year-old stopped Rolando Velasco on second-round strikes at an event in Richmond, Calif., seven months ago.
A lightweight match pitting former WEC champion Jamie Varner against the unbeaten Kamal Shalorus will headline WEC 49, along with a key featherweight bout pairing fast-rising contenders Josh Grispi with L.C. Davis. Varner has not set foot inside the cage since he was dethroned by Benson Henderson in January.