MMA UFC and WEC going to start making alot of changes

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  1. SCirone

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    WEC fighters could be headed to UFC

    by Dann Stupp [mmajunkie] on Apr 22, 2008 at 7:49 am in - News -
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    Fighters from the Ultimate Fighting Championship's partner organization, World Extreme Cagefighting, could be headed to the UFC as the organization tries to further distinguish the two fight promotions.

    According to an interview with Dana White that appeared on Yahoo! Canada, some of the WEC's middleweights and light heavyweights could be folded into the UFC.

    "We're going to make the WEC the smaller weights and the UFC will be the heavier weights," White said. "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 most intriguing options come from the WEC's middleweight division, which includes champion and world top-five middleweight Paulo Filho and top challenger Chael Sonnen. (In fact, Sonnen is listed on the UFC.com roster of fighters.)

    The new blood could provide some instant contenders in the UFC's thin middleweight division. Currently, champion Anderson Silva has breezed through the competition, already defeating top contenders Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt and Dan Henderson.

    There are some other options, including Ricardo Almeida, Martin Kampmann, Thales Leites and Patrick Cote, but all are probably a few wins away from a title shot. None arguably have the starpower to carry a main-even fight -- not without a few more wins, anyway.

    After his victory over Matt Serra to reclaim the UFC's welterweight title, Georges St. Pierre has been discussed ad nauseam as a potential opponent for Silva. While St. Pierre and Silva are both open to the idea, the UFC is unlikely to book the two fighters and sacrifice one of its champs unless all other options are exhausted -- or unless the mega-fight is used to promote an event in New York City or some other new host site.

    Filho, who recently entered rehabilitation for an unspecified drug problem, would seem the logical choice for Silva's opponent, but the former training partners and friends say they're unwilling to fight each other. Still, Filho could be a solid opponent for Franklin or Henderson, world-class fighters and huge fan favorites who failed in recent title shots.

    One WEC division that has struggled mightily since the UFC purchased the organization in December 2006 is light heavyweight. Long-reigning former champ Doug Marshall was never really promoted like other title-holders, and he recently lost the belt to Brian Stann, a marketable war veteran -- but a fighter with just six career fights. The WEC has struggled to find contenders.

    Don't be surprised if that division is the first to go.

    Regardless, White's recent comments should cool recent rumors that the UFC might fold the WEC completely. Although the organization has a deal with the Versus network, the WEC hasn't exactly been a major draw. A March 26 event in Las Vegas drew just 697 paid attendees for a meager gate of $107,150. However, the organization recently left Sin City for the first time post-Zuffa to go to New Mexico, and the WEC will head to Sacramento in June for a fight between WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver. It's expected to be Zuffa's biggest WEC event to date.
     
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    I don't want them to split by weight class :(

    I would rather it act as a feeder org.
     
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    Then send them to the UFC :dunno:

    They haven't built it into a premium brand yet. How would the fans feel(and me too) if all of a sudden GSP, Fitch, Penn, Florian, Shertk, etc... were all shifted to the friggin' WEC?
     
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    Oh, the way I read it was their were going to split them. 185 up is UFC, 170 down is WEC.
     
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    maybe we'll get a 135 division in WEC after the split
     
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    135 is a kids division :mamoru:


    Honestly, I don't have any desire to watch anything below 145.
     
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    really? boy i don't keep up with the WEC enough
     
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    fixed.
     
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    6'0" :squint:
     
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    I reckon push the shittier UFC guys back to the WEC use it as a feeder series.
     
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    thats what im talking about but they are probably afraid of the risks. I think they will eventually gut it
     
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    Not a chance in hell the UFC is goign to take BJ and GSP out of the UFC
     
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    Commenting on what Timmy said
     
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    a fights a fight whether it's 135 or 265. I don't see MMA gaining enough popularity to have a market for anything below 155 in UFC for a long long time though. bringing back 155 was a big enough deal. for whatever reason most people associate light weight with inability to fight. :dunno:
     
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    I am interested in this move.

    I always thought it should be a feeder org, but I understand Zuffa's position in not wanting to do so.

    Metlzer wrote an article saying there would be big chances in the UFC and roster cuts. I am wondering if these two things are going hand and hand. Maybe guys aren't being cut from contracts just from the UFC to the WEC and vise versa.
     
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    go back and watch miguel torres vs chase beebe.. torres is nasty
     
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    shit with certain divisions its so stacked that certain guys cant get on a card for awhile. I say when that happens throw some guys in the WEC for some fights. Or if some one needs a build up and your gonna feed them cans WEC there ass for awhile.

    TUF guys that want to stack up a few wins? NO PROBLEM! WEC there ass and occasionally throw them in ufc events if you need to fill a card.

    Nate Diaz
    Mac Danzig
    Gray Maynard
    emerson

    feed them cans in the wec and bring them on the UFC cards when they are gonna fight some one worth a damn.
     
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    You are telling me Kurt Pelligro isn't "worth a damn" ?!??!
     
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    I'd kinda like to see the WEC shift into a Bushido-esq brand image. If they can pull the talent I think I can be a big success if they build it into a premuim brand. If they alternate the schedules between WEC and UFC we should be able to see fights every two weeks.
     
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    that would be great.
     

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