March 27, 2009

In a recent trip to Corpus Christi, Texas, World Extreme Cagefighting Vice President Peter Dropnick hinted that a rematch between WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown and former champ Urijah Faber was all but a done deal. Well, now it's a done deal.

The bout, set to headline WEC 41, was confirmed by Ariel Helwani, the MMA blogger for the promotion's television partner Versus, on Thursday.

Brown took the title from Faber last November on Brown's home turf in Florida. Faber will now have a shot at redemption in front of his hometown crowd at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on June 7.

Despite rumors that the event might take place on pay-per-view, Helwani says that a decision was made late last week to air WEC 41 on Versus for free.

Since their bout at WEC 36 in November, both fighters have fought just once more. Faber quickly submitted Jens Pulver in January at WEC 38, putting himself back in queue for a title shot. Brown made the first successful defense of his title on March 1 in Corpus Christi, defeating top challenger Leonard Garcia with a dominating two-minute performance.

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