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Old 08-07-2008, 09:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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White: Yes, some of the WEC weight classes are going to the UFC

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After months of openly considering the move, Zuffa LLC is now committed to folding some of the WEC's heavier weight classes into the UFC, and UFC President Dana White today said the process is already underway.

White confirmed the partial WEC-UFC merger while a guest on today's edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

"We're working on that now," White said of the merger.

Ever since Zuffa LLC (the UFC's parent company) purchased the organization in December 2006, White has maintained that the WEC would be run as a separate entity -- not a feeder system for the UFC -- with a focus on the sport's lighter weight classes.

Although some fighters -- including current WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner, former UFC title-holder Jens Pulver and featherweight prospect Leonard Garcia -- went from the UFC to the WEC, they weren't necessarily demotions. In fact, Pulver and Garcia made the moves so they could fight at 145 pounds (a weight class not offered in the UFC), and Varner joined the WEC with the promise of a title shot.

However, the organization has struggled to stock its middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, and rather than pull talent from the UFC, White said the WEC's 205-pound and 185-pound divisions will be folded into the UFC.

"The answer is yes, and we're working on that right now," White said.

Although the light-heavyweight division offers some decent prospects in current WEC title-holder Steve Cantwell and former champ Brian Stann, neither is likely to make much of an immediate impact in the UFC's stacked 205-pound division.

However, a couple of WEC 185-pounders could make some waves in the UFC. Current WEC middleweight champ Paulo Filho is generally considered one of the world's top three 185-pounders, and his upcoming Sept. 10 opponent, Chael Sonnen, gave Filho all he could handle in their previous match-up. UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Filho are friends and, in the past, said they're unlikely to fight each other. However, Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson all provide intriguing match-ups for the undefeated Brazilian.

In any manner, White didn't mention a timetable for the merger but confirmed the wheels are in motion.
Source:http://mmajunkie.com/news/5009/dana-...to-the-ufc.mma

Do you guys like this move? I like it because these two weight classes are definately the WEC's two weakest and they can just choose a couple guys to stay on the roster and release the rest. The guys they should keep is obviously the two champs, Sonnen, Stann, and Bryan Baker who just lost to Chael Sonnen in his last fight.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like this idea a lot. Those WEC divisions are weak and it's a good move to fold them into the UFC. I'm excited Paulo Filho will be coming over the UFC.
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i guess why not, i mean those divisions are so thin anyways....
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I like it it will give more exposure to guys like Faber

and it will help the cards of the UFC

I love it
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shit this makes the paulo filho Chael Sonnen fight even more interesting because paulo might not fight anderson to unify the titles but you damn well better believe Chael Sonnen will and he has already beat anderson silva. So it makes for a good fight anderson wants revenge title unification gawd. I want this to happen so bad.
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Get rid of wec all together and bring bantom weight and featherweight to the ufc. That would rock. I like faber and torres as fighters. Plus i think there are to many damn mma branches out there.
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Get rid of wec all together and bring bantom weight and featherweight to the ufc. That would rock. I like faber and torres as fighters. Plus i think there are to many damn mma branches out there.
I've thought that before but i do enjoy the free cards on Versus!!!
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Get rid of wec all together and bring bantom weight and featherweight to the ufc. That would rock. I like faber and torres as fighters. Plus i think there are to many damn mma branches out there.
There isn't enough time on the cards to add 2 more weight classes to the UFC.
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I love this except for one things.

I'm worried about top prospect Jake Rosholt who just signed with WEC. He is having his first fight in september and I hope they don't rush him because he's going to be something special.

However besides that I love the fact Filho, Sonnen, and Baker will be in the UFC. A lot of pretty good guys at MW.

However if Rhino Marshall ends up in the UFC I will be so upset. I honestly will have to consider the UFC 205 divison a joke.
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I love this except for one things.

I'm worried about top prospect Jake Rosholt who just signed with WEC. He is having his first fight in september and I hope they don't rush him because he's going to be something special.

However besides that I love the fact Filho, Sonnen, and Baker will be in the UFC. A lot of pretty good guys at MW.

However if Rhino Marshall ends up in the UFC I will be so upset. I honestly will have to consider the UFC 205 divison a joke.
Seriously? You would consider it a joke just because of one guy.
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