9 Fights Official for WEC 51

By Brian Knapp Aug 24, 2010
The world-ranked Diego Nunes will lock horns with Tyler Toner in a showdown between once-beaten featherweights at WEC 51 “Aldo vs. Gamburyan” on Sept. 30 at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo. Nine fights are now official for the event, which will air live on the Versus network.

Nunes bounced back from his first career defeat -- a decision loss to Sengoku veteran L.C. Davis -- with a split verdict against Atlanta-based Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Raphael Assuncao at WEC 49 in June. The 27-year-old Brazilian, now anchored at the revered Nova Uniao camp, has delivered 11 of his 14 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. Said to be considering a move to bantamweight, his last four fights have all gone the distance.

Toner, the former Ring of Fire featherweight champion, has rattled off three consecutive victories since his 2009 bout against Jamie Schmidt ended in a no contest. The 27-year-old last appeared at WEC 48 in April, when he stopped the previously unbeaten Brandon Visher on first-round elbows. Toner trains out of the Grudge Training Center, along with UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin and former middleweight King of Pancrase Nate Marquardt. He owns eight first-round finishes among his 10 wins and suffered his only career setback in a unanimous decision to current WEC bantamweight title contender Scott Jorgensen in 2007.

A featherweight title match between defending champion Jose Aldo and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 runner-up Manny Gamburyan will headline WEC 51, along with an anticipated rematch pairing Donald Cerrone with former WEC lightweight titleholder Jamie Varner. In addition, one-time WEC bantamweight king Miguel Torres will answer the bell against Charlie Valencia, as he tries to put the brakes on a two-fight losing streak.

WEC 51 “Aldo vs. Gamburyan”
Thursday, Sept. 30
1stBank Center
Broomfield, Colo.

WEC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo vs. Manny Gamburyan

Jamie Varner vs. Donald Cerrone
Miguel Torres vs. Charlie Valencia
Leonard Garcia vs. Mark Hominick
Mike Thomas Brown vs. Cole Province
Chris Horodecki vs. Ed Ratcliff
Chan Sung Jung vs. George Roop
Diego Nunes vs. Tyler Toner
Antonio Banuelos vs. Chad George
* Alex Karalexis vs. Zhang Tie Quan

* Not Official
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