UFC, WEC Talent Merger On The Horizon?

Here’s some more fuel for the rumor mill – there’s the distinct possibility that the 185 and 205 pound divisions in the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion could move over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship; nothing is etched in stone but perhaps there will be an answer to that rumor in the upcoming months, according to Jason Probst of Sherdog

WEC president Reed Harris wouldn’t confirm or deny the rumors, but Harris did confirm that the idea was put out there as a possibility by UFC president Dana White and matchmakers Joe Silva of the UFC and Scott Adams of the WEC, respectively.  Harris added,

“We have had some discussions about our weight divisions, but nothing has been set or finalized.  We’ve heard the same rumors. We’ve had those discussions since day one. About what weight classes (might be involved), I really have no official statement. I know people are talking about it. I’ve had reporters call me and ask the same questions for eight months about it.”

Adding teeth to this rumor is a Q&A session with fans at UFC 83 when White told The Canadian Press, “We’re going to make the WEC the smaller weights and the UFC will be the heavier weights.  We’ll probably take some of the guys in the higher weights, the champions over there and bring them into UFC. We’re still trying to figure that out.”  This move, assuming it happens, would make sense for the WEC as the middleweight division lacks a Top-10 fighter as does the light heavyweight division.

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