miguel torresMy coffee’s brewed, breakfast has been had, and I’m recounting the fights last night at WEC 40 in Chicago. Miguel Torres successfully defended his title in the 135 lbs. division, fending off a very game opponent in Takeya Mizugaki. This was the first time Miguel had been taken such distance, and Mizugaki proved to be a huge test. Hats off to both men, for an incredible fight.

Former featherweight champ and now top contender Urijah Faber has said he’ll likely test the waters at 135 and 155 lbs. Additionally, the dominant fighter who has only two losses on his pro record, would be open to taking on lightweight B.J. Penn in the UFC.

MMA legend Jens Pulver will return to action at WEC 41 against Josh Grispi. Jens has lost five of his last six bouts, and will look to raise his stock by defeating the 12-1 Grispi. WEC 41 features a rematch between former champ Urijah Faber and current champ Mike Brown.

Japanese MMA saw DREAM.8 go down, with Jeff Monson winning again and Shinya Aoki getting dominated by Hayato “Mach” Sakurai. The win is huge for Sakurai, and I’d like to think Monson will not return to the UFC despite the back-to-back wins as of late. The man has some fairly serious legal issues pending.

Surging UFC welterweight Dustin Hazelett has said that he does not expect to fight before the end of the year, due to injury.