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Winners of Henderson vs. Pettis, Edgar vs. Maynard to merge UFC, WEC titles

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Oct 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm ET

A showdown between WEC and UFC champions is on the horizon.

The winner of an upcoming WEC title fight between champion Ben Henderson (12-1 MMA, 5-0 WEC) and challenger Anthony Pettis (11-1 MMA, 4-1 WEC) will meet the winner of an upcoming UFC title fight between champion Frankie Edgar (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and challenger Gray Maynard (10-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC).

The news was shared today by UFC president Dana White on the heels of an announcement that the UFC is folding the WEC into its promotion in January 2011, though he did not provide a timeline for the meeting between the two promotions' lightweight champions.

Henderson vs. Pettis is set to take place at WEC 53, which takes place at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., while Edgar vs. Maynard is set for UFC 125 on Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Until today's merger announcement, the WEC lightweight division was the only class which overlapped with UFC's lightweight division. That, of course, led to airy speculation on potential matchups between the promotion's champions, though both UFC and WEC officials repeatedly downplayed the possibility.

WEC 52, which takes place Nov. 11, and WEC 53 are the final events scheduled for the WEC.

Post #1   10/29/10 8:52:54AM   

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I think Henderson's best submission could help him beat Grey or Edgar. A good choke is a very great weapon to have.

Post #2   10/29/10 11:05:34AM   

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Posted by icantthinkofanything

I think Henderson's best submission could help him beat Grey or Edgar. A good choke is a very great weapon to have.


Especially front chokes on a shooting wrestler.

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a lot of people are assuming that ben will beat pettis, but showtime has shown he can weather a strom, reverse any position, throw up a triangle out of nowhere, a ton of things that really lead me to believe he can beat bendo. stylistically i think hes a tough fight for any of the other 3 guys in the mix because hes not a guy you can really have someone imitiate. that and hes a local and im a nuthugger.

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It is a down right shame Carlos Condit and Steve Cantwell didn't have that same privilege, right or opportunity.

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Posted by Sir_Karl

It is a down right shame Carlos Condit and Steve Cantwell didn't have that same privilege, right or opportunity.



they were in weight classes that had long lists of contenders and there arent a lot of LWs on the UFC roster right now that deserve a shot that havent already gotten their shots. with that said, part of me does kind of feel bad for those guys.

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I think Bendo is good but I think a lot of playgrounders overrate his skills. He's still got a good amount of holes in his game.

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Henderson and Pettis are good, but there is no way I could foresee either of them beating Maynard or Edgar in a fight.

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Posted by Jackelope

I think Bendo is good but I think a lot of playgrounders overrate his skills. He's still got a good amount of holes in his game.



I tend to agree, but he does have the most important thing that tends to separate the top fighters... he takes advantage of opportunity and keeps cool. If there is anything that all the top fighters in the history of mma have done, it is that. Fedor, Anderson, GSP, and Aldo among others all have that in common.


That said, Benson is toast against someone who can stop his takedowns.

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does anyone see certain guys from the lightweight division dropping to 145 now?like florian, guida, maybe edgar if he loses a couple straight, it is a crowded division and not so much talent at 145. just wondering what u guys think

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Posted by GSPCanada

does anyone see certain guys from the lightweight division dropping to 145 now?like florian, guida, maybe edgar if he loses a couple straight, it is a crowded division and not so much talent at 145. just wondering what u guys think



I definitely do. No that the $$ difference is gone, I think we will see several mid/top guys drop down.

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Posted by GSPCanada

does anyone see certain guys from the lightweight division dropping to 145 now?like florian, guida, maybe edgar if he loses a couple straight, it is a crowded division and not so much talent at 145. just wondering what u guys think



It's pretty much guaranteed some guys have always looked like they shouldn't be at that weight and now is their chance to drop down and show their best.

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A lot of guys will drop within next 8 months
For sure tyson griffin and edgar if he loses the belt
Looking forward to unification title
I think henderson vs maynard or edgar would be a good fight
He can easily get a nasty front guillontine on a shoot toward him

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This makes it even more of a travesty that they gave Pettis the shot over someone who beat him, Bartimus.

Any way, I think Pettis and Ben will be a good fight. Leaning towards Ben because of superior wrestling and a rubber neck. Pettis has the better stand-up and could get a knockout.

Obviously either would be an underdog against Maynard or Edgar, but I think that both would have a legitimate shot. Ben in particular because of his wrestling.

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I'm all in for Henderson. The guy does have holes and he always seems like the underdog building up to his fight but I have to go with him. He's a monster and faced Roller and TKO'ed him who was def. the better wrestler. He's one of those guys that fins a way to win and like has already been said, pounces on mistakes. I like Pettis but I think he's in trouble against Smooth in this fight.

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