Harris Eager to Crown First UFC Bantamweight Champ


Reed Harris: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com


With Jose Aldo having already been crowned the inaugural UFC featherweight champion, World Extreme Cagefighting has just two titles left to sort out before seeing its 135-, 145- and 155-pound divisions rolled into the world’s biggest MMA organization.

On Dec. 16, WEC will end its nine-year, 53-show run at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. Both of the promotion’s remaining titles will be on the line, as bantamweight ace Dominick Cruz takes on top contender Scott Jorgensen, and lightweight champ Benson Henderson faces Anthony Pettis.

“Obviously, the implications of the Henderson-Pettis fight are just huge,” WEC General Manager Reed Harris said during a Tuesday conference call. “Those guys are gonna be fighting for the title in the UFC, depending on who takes the fight. So it has huge implications, and I think that everybody in the industry is gonna be watching.”

The winner of Henderson and Pettis’ affair will get the chance to unify his WEC title with the UFC’s 155-pound strap sometime in 2011, when he’ll meet the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard’s Jan. 1 showdown. This makes next Thursday’s fight hugely important, no doubt, but the title bout 20 pounds down the scale may carry a little extra cache, thanks to a certain piece of hardware.

“I think the really special thing will be at the end of the night, when I slap a UFC belt on either Dominick or Scotty Jorgensen,” said Harris. “That’s gonna be huge for us. We’ve got a belt coming on the truck for the guys, a UFC belt, and we’re really looking forward to that.”

Cruz and Jorgensen ought to be clearing some room in their trophy cases, as the winner will leave with both the WEC and UFC belts.

“They’ll be the forever holder of that title in the WEC, and then also they’ll be the new UFC bantamweight champion at the end of that fight,” Harris explained.

So, did Aldo get to hang on to his WEC belt as well?

“Yes, he did. I asked him for it back, but he said ‘no.’”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 7 days ago
  • 833 views

During staredowns at UFC 179 media day, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo shoved Chad Mendes at Maracana Stadium on Tuesday morning. read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 67 views

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is not a pay-per-view king, so he decided to spice things up heading to his rematch with Chad Mendes at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 25. The Nova Un read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 227 views

UFC featherweight Conor McGregor gives his take on the UFC 179 rematch between 145-pound champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, but believes he'd beat either of them. read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 32 views

The UFC 145-pound champ has some thoughts on the style of a new potential challenger. Jose Aldo hasn't been bothered by the big talk game played by Conor McGregor. While the champ was included in the read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 501 views

Looks like someone saw the attention that Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got for their media day brawl. read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 696 views

No UFC officials were thrown off the stage, and no shoes were hurled. Nonetheless, things got a bit heated at today’s UFC 179 press conference in Rio de Janeiro.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Vide read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 20 views

Furthermore, the 145-pound champion says the only reason "Money" has racked up five straight wins since losing to him two years ago is because he's fighting competition that isn't well-ranked. Since read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 15 views

UFC women's bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey want to become the world's top grossing actor. She also discusses a potential fight with Gina Carano. Look out Hollywood actors and actresses, Ronda Ro read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 41 views

Want to see UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey get doused with a huge bucket of ice water?Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>