UFC President Dana White confirmed Tuesday night during the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins that the UFC has purchased the WFA (World Fighting Alliance) and the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) organizations.
"We bought the WFA for the contracts," said Dana White.
The fighters included in the deal are Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, "RAZOR" Rob McCullough, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Ivan Salaverry, Urijah Faber, and Heath Herring.
White put an end to the speculation that the WEC will be used as a feeder organization for the UFC. The WEC will be a separate entity and a rival to the UFC.
"We're going to take that to a whole another level. Put it on television and blow it up. Pretty soon the WEC will be number 2," White said.
White dispelled talks of the WEC being televised on HBO as a way to compete against Pro Elite. Instead, the UFC will be televised on HBO in the near future.
White commented on his new rival's deal with Showtime: "Showtime's got nothin'. I don't see the Showtime thing lasting too long. They don't know what they're doing, but I wish them well."
The Ultimate Fighter 4 winners will get their title shots February 3rd, 2007. Matt Serra will look to take the UFC welterweight belt away from Georges St. Pierre, and Travis Lutter will battle Anderson Silva for the middleweight belt.
Matt Hughes will get his rematch with Georges St. Pierre on April 7th, 2007 in Montreal.
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Jackson, Salavary, Mayhem, Razor Rob, Faber, and Herring will make a nice addition to the UFC roster. I want to see each fighter implimented immedietly and start competing as soon as UFC 67! UFC needs to bring the fans up to date on guys like Rampage, Razor, and Heath and most importantly with the aquisition of new talent the UFC must put together better fight cards for PPV! All of their talent will all be for not if they can't make at least three good matchups between name fighters and at least two solid undercard matchups. I like the potential matches that can come with the addition of these new fighters, but I want to see a large increase in the quality of the UFC PPVs!