World Extreme Cagefighting’s lightweight fighters will eventually join the UFC’s 155-pound division, UFC President Dana White told USA Today, eliminating the final crossover weight class between the sister promotions.
“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,” White said.
Plans to add a 125-pound flyweight division to the WEC have been in the works for more than a year, but a lack of fighters has delayed it’s introduction. The WEC’s middleweight and light heavyweight divisions were dropped in December 2008, and welterweight soon followed in January 2009, with many of the divisions’ fighters joining the UFC.
World Extreme Cagefighting makes it’s pay-per-view debut this Saturday with “WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber,” but the event has been promoted by the UFC and will even feature UFC broadcasters Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg as well as UFC announcer Bruce Buffer, leading to renewed calls for the promotions to merge.