Could Bellator end up taking fighters from the WEC?
There's no way that Bellator will be able to compete with the UFC, but the WEC is a different story. For Bellator's first tournament, first round winners made 25K, second round winners 50K, and the champion made 100K. Even a first round win is pretty serious money for most of these guys. If you were a young fighter looking to sign with a decently sized promotion, wouldn't you give Bellator a lot of consideration? Why fight in the WEC for a couple grand when you could fight for Bellator and potentially make 200K if you win the tournament? I don't know how long Bellator will last while paying guys that much, but even some of the bigger names in the WEC might consider going to Bellator if they stick around. I mean, Mike Brown would probably breeze through a 145lb. tournament, earn himself a big chunk of change and then a title fight (and another paycheck).
I really think Zuffa needs to do something with the WEC if they want to keep all of the talent at the lighter weight classes. Either fold them into the UFC or put them on PPV so these guys can get the money and recognition they deserve.