World Extreme Cagefighting today announced that it will no longer promote middleweight (185 pounds) and light heavyweight (205 pounds) fights after the promotion’s December 3rd event, WEC 37, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The WEC, a sister promotion to the UFC owned by Zuffa, LLC, will now focus on just four weight classes: welterweight (170 pounds), lightweight (155 pounds), featherweight (145 pounds), and bantamweight (135 pounds).
â€œWith every fight, the WEC has proven itself to be a powerful and growing presence in sports, both with our live events and our programming on VERSUS,â€ said Peter Dropick, WEC Vice President, Operations and Production. â€œExciting matchups like Torres vs. Tapia on Dec. 3 and the incredible fights we have planned for 2009 under this new structure will no doubt establish WEC as the home of the best lighter weight fighters in the world.â€
Among the notable fighters who will now make the jump to the UFC are middleweight champion Paulo Filho, middleweight challenger Chael Sonnen, light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell, and former light heavyweight champion Brian Stann.
The WEC on Friday also officially announced that bantamweight champion Miguel Torres will put his title on the line against Manny Tapia in the main event of the WEC 37, which will air live on Versus.