Published Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | 2:33 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | 2:33 p.m.
WEC announced Wednesday that the Aug. 9 world bantamweight championship fight between Miguel Torres and Brian Bowles will stream live on its Web site to a global audience.
The fight was already scheduled for live broadcast on the VERSUS network in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada as well as a tape-delay broadcast on Cadena Tres in Mexico.
In an effort to continue driving its brand on an international level, WEC made the decision to make the fight available to all other continents other than the U.S. for a fee of $9.99.
“The demand for a broadcast of this fight card in areas like Japan was significant,” WEC vice president Peter Dropick said. “The global buzz about WEC certainly grew louder after Japanese star Takeya Mizugaki’s performance against Miguel Torres in April (Mizugaki lost that fight by unanimous decision).
“We expect countries with huge mixed martial arts fan bases to log on to our Web site and watch an exciting night of fights.”
The live card will consist of four separate fights. In addition to the championship fight, Joseph Benavidez will face Dominick Cruz in a bantamweight bout. Lightweights Danny Castillo and Ricardo Lamas square off and bantamweight Jeff Curran will fight Mizugaki.