Tuesday, January 30, 2007

WEC makes its `debut' Vegas style

LONG BEACH - When it was announced this past December that Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC, had purchased World Extreme Cagefighting, it was widely perceived that the smaller organization based in Leemore would become a feeder system for the more established brand.

But recent developments suggest that won't be the case and, in fact, the WEC may become a viable alternative to UFC.

"World Extreme Cagefighting will continue to put on the best fights in the world," said Scott Adams, the founder and current general manager of WEC. "We have the best talent in the world in all of our weight divisions. I think fans will be entertained by what we have to offer."

What the WEC will offer, in addition to lightweight (155 pounds), welterweight (170), middleweight (185) and light-heavyweight (205) divisions are bantamweight (135) and featherweight (145) weight classes.

"What makes us different is that most organizations around the world don't offer these weight classes," Adams said. "So, we're going to have the best in the world at these weight classes competing in the WEC. And, if you've never seen the lighter-weight fighters compete, you're in for a treat."

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