World Extreme Cagefighting Eliminates Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Divisions

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MMAcca
9/26/08 3:47:40PM
"With 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," said Peter Dropick, WEC Vice President, Operations and Production. "Exciting 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."

Industry insiders have speculated for months as to when the move would actually happen and according to officials at the WEC, 2009 will move the focus to the lighter weight classes with the light heavyweight and middleweight classes leaving the promotion.

The WEC made no statement as to what would happen to the fighters currently competing in those weight classes, but it has long been assumed that at least champions like Paulo Filho and Steve Cantwell would make the move along with fighters such as Brian Stann, who has a tremendous fan following.

Current middleweight champion, Paulo Filho, is still slated to defend his WEC title in November against Chael Sonnen, but that may be the last scheduled fight for the weight class.








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Porch28
9/26/08 4:10:30PM
It's about damn time!!!!!
nickcuc547
9/26/08 4:16:53PM
what happens to fihlo vs. sonnen now? is it still on? is it moving to the ufc? will it be five rounds? I was looking forward to this so I hope it isn't scrapped.
juanez13
9/26/08 4:26:05PM

Posted by nickcuc547

what happens to fihlo vs. sonnen now? is it still on? is it moving to the ufc? will it be five rounds? I was looking forward to this so I hope it isn't scrapped.



From the article:


"Current middleweight champion, Paulo Filho, is still slated to defend his WEC title in November against Chael Sonnen, but that may be the last scheduled fight for the weight class"

jocka
9/26/08 4:26:39PM

Posted by nickcuc547

what happens to fihlo vs. sonnen now? is it still on? is it moving to the ufc? will it be five rounds? I was looking forward to this so I hope it isn't scrapped.



Current middleweight champion, Paulo Filho, is still slated to defend his WEC title in November against Chael Sonnen, but that may be the last scheduled fight for the weight class.

hahahahah someone beat me by a few secondes
CantAndleDaRiddum
9/26/08 4:44:59PM
winner will get to be WEC middleweight champ FOREVER!
jiujitsufreak74
9/26/08 4:55:59PM
Told ya so
prozacnation1978
9/26/08 8:11:46PM
i think they should scrap filho vs chael fight move it too ufc 92 in dec
bustin_mma
9/26/08 8:22:18PM
The UFC should just absolve the WEC and do twice as many cards.
Wolf
9/26/08 10:25:14PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

i think they should scrap filho vs chael fight move it too ufc 92 in dec



Have you ever watched the WEC? They put on a great show. Much better than Affliction or EliteXC in my opinion. It's got a great niche as the home of lighter weight fights.
xtra_chewy
9/26/08 10:28:05PM
Good move on WEC's part, I wonder if they will share fighters from the UFC in the LW division? Thats where the WEC will strike gold in finding new and young talent that the UFC is too afraid to put on thier cards.
Wolfenstein
9/27/08 12:16:15AM
This was in the making ever since they made the division. All the division really did was showcase a guy who should be fighting in the UFC (Filho). He hasn't looked the best lately because he's been so overweight. Not everyone can cut 35 pounds. I think he'll return to form though. Chael couldn't beat Filho at his worst, so I don't think he's going to beat him at any level above that.
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