Is a WEC Invasion Nearing?


Brian Stann throws a left hand at Doug Marshall. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

It’s the lower weight-classes that differentiate World Extreme Cagefighting from it’s sister organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. When Zuffa purchased the California-based promotion in the fall of 2006, it became a place to host the featherweight and bantamweight divisions, two classes the UFC didn’t sport at the time.

According to UFC President Dana White, those lower weight-classes may be forcing an exchange of talent between the two promotions. Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press caught what White said when asked if the UFC was planning to incorporate the featherweight division at any point in the near future before the UFC 83 weigh-ins.

“We have no plans to introduce a 145 lb weight class, that’s why we bought the WEC,” White said. “We’re going to make the WEC the smaller weights and the UFC will be the heavier weights. We’ll probably take some of the guys in the higher weights, the champions over there and bring them into UFC. We’re still trying to figure that out.”

The potential move of talent would likely bring members from light heavyweight and middleweight over to the UFC seeing that they are the two divisions really lacking depth within the organization. The lightweight, featherweight, and bantamweight classes are all stacked with current stars and future contenders.

Doug Marshall and the man he recently lost his WEC belt to, Brian Stann, as well as Steve Cantwell would be welcome additions to a light heavyweight division where they could continue to gain experience and improve their skills.

The return of an ever-improved Chael Sonnen to the UFC’s middleweight division would be interesting to say the least. While many fans would clamor for a showdown between Anderson Silva and Paulo Filho, the friends and former training partners have already stated that they will not fight each other.

After a bit of a slow start, the WEC is quickly gaining steam and is set to put on the biggest event in the organization’s history in June with a featherweight showdown between Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver. The exit of the two higher weight-classes would give the promotion more room to create new stars through televised events, potentially creating the divisional storylines many fans of the UFC curently enjoy.

HT: MMA Junkie

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