Reed Harris: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
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 >>
RIO DE JANEIRO – After months of accusations of ducking a fight with Max Holloway, UFC featherweight champio Jose Aldo says the interim titleholder was “selling” a “convenient” version of the facts t read news >>
The UFC means it this time: An inaugural women’s flyweight champion will be on “The Ultimate Fighter 26.”Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos is eager to regain his crown when he takes on Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 211 in Dallas Saturday on Pay Per View. read news >>
UFC 211 was a breath of fresh air for MMA fans. 2017 has been a flop of a year thus far, and Saturday night's card marked the year's first true "event." The company's next foray onto pay-per-view com read news >>
Andrea Lee is one of the best prospects around in the women’s flyweight division right now. But despite a big opportunity for her weight class next week, “KGB” is putting a family-first mentality out read news >>
The featherweight fight is coming to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday, June 3, as Jose Aldo and Max Holloway unify the 145-pound crown. read news >>
Eager to make their UFC featherweight matchup happen, Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Megan Anderson have taken matter into their own hands.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Title unification fights are not a regular happening, so when they take place it’s always something out of the ordinary. Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
LAS VEGAS – The UFC’s newest division took a big step forward on Tuesday, with 46 athletes gathering at Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in hopes of landing a role on “The Ultimate Fighter read news >>
The second fight was a much more competitive one than the first when UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo rematched Chad Mendes in 2014.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>