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UFC and WEC to Merge in 2011

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1:03 pm
October 28, 2010

Keith Grienke


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Dana White announced via conference call today that the UFC and the WEC will merge in January, 2011. As a results the UFC will have seven championship weight classes starting in January.

Here is the fallout:

  • WEC 53 will be the final WEC event.
  • The winner of the WEC 53 fight between Dominick Cruz and Scott Jorgensen will become the UFC Bantamweight champion
  • Jose Aldo becomes the UFC Featherweight champion and he will defend his title at UFC 125.
  • The winner of the Benson Henderson vs Anthony Pettis fight will fight the winner of the Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard fight for the…

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1:17 pm
October 28, 2010

Mike Davis


posts 212


wicked news I am so happy with this.

1:37 pm
October 28, 2010

Keith Grienke


posts 714


Official press release from UFC

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – In a media conference call today, Ultimate Fighting Championship® President Dana White announced the UFC is adding two new championship divisions at bantamweight (135lbs.) and featherweight (145lbs.), while also announcing a new television deal with the VERSUS Network to air four UFC fights in 2011. 

“As the UFC continues to evolve and grow globally, we want to be able to give fans title fights in every weight division,” said White. “This is a big day for the sport and the athletes who will have the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage in the world.” 

The two new divisions feature WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who will now be recognized as the reigning UFC featherweight champion, and WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. White confirmed that the winner of the Dec. 16 lightweight title fight between WEC champion Ben Henderson and top contender Anthony Pettis live on VERSUS will take on the winner of the UFC 125 main event title bout between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. This upcoming fight will serve as a UFC lightweight title unification bout to be held next year.                                                                                                                                                              

White also stated the UFC is expanding its presence on the VERSUS Network in 2011, and will increase its number of UFC events from two to four per year. Versus is scheduled to air the two remaining live WEC events in 2010 on Nov. 11 and Dec. 16. The Nov. 11 event in Las Vegas will feature “The California Kid” Urijah Faber’s debut at bantamweight as he takes on Takeya Mizugaki, while the Dec. 16 event in Glendale, Ariz. will feature Henderson-Pettis and a bantamweight title clash between Dominick Cruz and challenger Scott Jorgensen with the winner becoming the new UFC bantamweight champion.

“We have a great relationship with the VERSUS network, and we look forward to working with them to give UFC fans even more free fights in 2011,” said White.

3:42 pm
October 28, 2010

Mike Davis


posts 212


I want to see some Cowboy vs Stout, wounder how many lightweight fighters will be dropping down to 145 I know there is a few who can make it.

5:28 pm
October 28, 2010

Cody Rempel


posts 205


I was thinking the same thing… Guys who didn't want to take a paycut and move down to the WEC may be more inclined to make the drop now!

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1:57 pm
November 2, 2010

Keith Grienke


posts 714


I think this may be bad news for some WEC lightweights.  How long will Varner, Horodecki type guys last in the UFC Lightweight division?

11:07 am
November 10, 2010



posts 83


isnt hordecki a 145er? or am i completely wrong? lol after this with guys like Jose Aldo leading the way i see 145 division simply blowing up! great too see these guys in the UFC!!!

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