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Dana White says WEC's lightweight division eventually headed to UFC

Although World Extreme Cagefighting officials have long touted the benefits of having their own lightweight division – the only weight class that overlaps with its sister promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship – a change could be on the way.

In a recent interview with USA Today's Sergio Non, UFC president Dana White said the WEC's 155-pound weight class "eventually" will be folded into the bigger promotion.

The division is currently ruled by top prospect and champ Benson Henderson, who meets Donald Cerrone at Saturday's WEC 48 pay-per-view event at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif.

In the interview, in which White explains why the UFC has taken over production/commentating/announcing duties at WEC 48 (he said all Zuffa pay-per-view shows will be handled by the UFC's experienced PPV team), White also addressed the long-discussed 155-pound division.

"I actually think it's kind of cool," he said. "I think eventually what we do is, we're going to continue to add to lighter weights, and you'll end up seeing these (WEC) guys go into the UFC, the 155 pounders.

When Zuffa first purchased the WEC in 2006, the companies overlapped in many weight classes. However, beginning in 2009, the companies combined their light-heavyweight, middleweight and welterweight divisions, which left the WEC with lightweights, featherweights and bantamweights.

So when will the lightweights be folded into the UFC, as well?

White told the newspaper it could happen after the WEC launches its flyweight division. WEC officials have long teased the new weight class but never formally created it. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported just this past month, WEC General Manager Reed Harris said the organization still plans to do add the 125-pound division but that the promotion's three existing weight classes remain a priority.

"We're still entertaining that," Harris said. "What we had to look at, though, is that we had a roster of fighters now, and in order to keep these guys in top condition and to keep them in fighting mode, you have to give them a certain amount of fights over the year. I think that's one of the things we do better than any organization out there."

"To add that flyweight division would dilute that somewhat, and we felt like we needed some time to still catch up with the guys we had. So we're still looking at that, but right now our focus is getting our fighters fights and keeping them in contention for those titles and things like that."

WEC officials have never directly confirmed the plans to fold the WEC's lightweight class into the UFC. None of the executives were immediately available for comment.

While many in the industry have complained that the WEC's 155-pound division is simply a B-level crop of fighters compared to the UFC's dominant lightweights, the current setup has allowed marketable fighters such as Henderson, Cerrone, Jamie Varner, Anthony Njokuani and Shane Roller a chance at the spotlight.

If they're folded into the UFC, the WEC will have provided them crucial exposure they otherwise wouldn't have received.

which match up would you guys like to see when this will happen ?

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WEC/UFC unification Lightweight title fight between BJ Penn (future champ) and Ben Henderson.
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Sounds good, I'd like to see some flyweights on free tv. I'm wondering how many of the top 155 pounders in WEC could and would cut to 145 instead of going through the meat grinder that 155 is in the UFC. I'd like to see cowboy in the UFC though.
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well the only choice there really is, is that the champ vs champ scenario. I dont really care otherwise, There really isnt anyone that stands out in the LW division in WEC, the more talented guys are in the lower divisions.
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WEC/UFC unification Lightweight title fight between BJ Penn (future champ) and Ben Henderson.
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better to keep it seperate and work it up as a seperate entity imo. it would be great if lighter wieght classes got more respect.

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I've been waiting on this. I am actually looking forward to seeing what Ben Henderson & Donald Cerrone can do in the UFC. I am really looking forward to their rematch. Jamie Varner, meh, not so much. I really don't care for him much.

The UFC's LW division is already stacked, but with BJ moving up (probably) the division looks even more exciting. Henderson and Cerrone will be good additions. Of course Cerrone needs some TDD in a bad way, lol!!

Very good news!
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I think that some of the WEC LW fighters could do alright but a lot of them would get beaten up a lot in my opinion. I don't think that the WEC LW's would make it to the top of the UFC ladder though. It will definitely make the LW division more fun though!

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I don't care that much about this shift. I think there are a few guys (Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson) can make for a few interesting fights in the UFC before people realize that they're not good enough to be in the UFC.

However, I think that what's more important is that the UFC start integrating the WEC's featherweight and bantamweight division, so that the little guys can make the UFC that much more exciting and add two additional titles for the UFC to put on cards.

That's the part I'd like to see change, because those are the divisions where the WEC is really relevant. The lightweight division is nice, just like it was nice to bring Carlos Condit into the UFC, but they're not really top ten lightweights, so it's not particularly interesting.

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I like the ideea of Ben Henderson and Donald Cerrone in the UFC. I am not sure where they would rank in the LW division, but i am absolutely convinced they would make for a lot of entertaining and exciting match-ups.
Both these fighters are well-rounded, very skilled and i do think they would do a good job in the UFC. The only problem i see right now is, they are kinda small for the UFC LW's. (Tibau, Griffin, Sherk...), but as history showed us, you don't have to be the biggest to win.

As for other LW's...no thank you. I would preffer WEC to continue with a LW division, where young-talented fighters would get the opportunity to fight and get the well needed experience.
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