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While merge with WEC uncertain, White says lighter classes coming to UFC "probably real soon"

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PORTLAND, Ore. – While the idea of a merge between the UFC and WEC has been tossed around for quite some time, this past week's rescheduling of "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson" brought the topic back to the discussion table.

At today's UFC 102 pre-fight press conference, White said he didn't have any immediate plans to merge Zuffa's two fight organizations together – but that doesn't mean fans shouldn't expect to see some of the WEC's biggest stars making their way into the UFC, especially with the volume of cards the UFC is planning for 2010.

"(The chances of us bringing lighter weight classes to the UFC are) very good, and probably real soon," White said. "We're doing like three fights a month next year."

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I personally see this as the death of the WEC if it does in fact happen.

Post #2   8/27/09 9:36:52PM   

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I am down. There are some great fighters in the lower weights that deserve the exposure and the $$ that the heavier fighters are getting. Might we see Aldo vs. Brown in the UFC?

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i see White doing it for $ not to expose the smaller talent. with a couple more champions that means more staked events. dare we say Quad main Event?

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If he wants to do 3 cards a month, then there needs to be a network deal. There is no way he could expect the average fan to pay $150 a month. He needs to sign with ABC or FOX who will pay the UFC for their programming. Also three fights a month would kill strikefarce by next summer.

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I just watched an interview Dana did with the Oregonian today and he said lighter weight classes would NOT be coming to the UFC and that they would be going to the WEC. He said it won't happen in the UFC because that's one of the things he hates about boxing...too many weight classes.

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Perfect, more equal pay for the lighter fighters, They should absolve the WEC and turn it into a womens division!

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I think in the Oregonian interview he was saying they wouldn't add any new weight classes between MW and LHW and between LHW and HW. But if I remember correctly he did say they will be adding lighter classes to the WEC.

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I would like to see a FW division in the UFC, but other then that, not really the other. Add two smaller divisions to WEC (already adding Flyweight) and merge 145 to UFC. That'd be awesome.

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Please bring Kid Yamamoto to the UFC!!!!

Kid vs Faber/ Brown/ Aldo = fight of the year

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I wouldnt mind seeing the addition of lower weight classes to the UFC, but I sure hope this doesnt mean the end of the WEC. They could get rid of all of the tribal tattoos graphics but thats another thread in itself. Hopefully they keep it around and use it as like a minor league type system to build up talent for the big leagues.

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good maybe we can have 15 fights on a card thus giving us more fights aired.

I never liked tthe idea of buying the PPV and only getting "half" of what I paid for.

Bring on Torres and Brown

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So i hope everyone whos been asking for more weight classes in the UFC are happy now at least

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Posted by mk1630

So i hope everyone whos been asking for more weight classes in the UFC are happy now at least



its not that they want more weight classes in the UFC, its that they dream of fairness and want gaps filled, not bring already existing classes in. which is cool in its self

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I am down. There are some great fighters in the lower weights that deserve the exposure and the $$ that the heavier fighters are getting. Might we see Aldo vs. Brown in the UFC?



The WEC now isn't really making much money and the lower guys don't get near the exposure they should be getting. But I think we loss a MMA promotion but over all I think this a is big step for the lower weight fighters and a bonus for fans that don't know about the lower weight classes. Plus I think this will pull some of the big name lower weight class guys from over seas.

I like the 170 to 135 more than I do the up weight classes. Now that's not to say I don't enjoy watching the bigger guys I just like watching the little guys even more. The funny thing is I'm a HW and in no way could ever make anything lower than that. I'm 6'3 right now (I was 6'4 and half till had back surgery) and walk around at 250 and that's when I'm in shape. Now I have put on some weight because of back problems but I'm far from fat. I'm just a big guy and always have been.

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