World Extreme Cagefighting Collection (WEC)
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World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) was a mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion based in the United States. It was bought in 2006 by Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). It had three weight classes in its last incarnation: 135, 145, and 155 lbs. The WEC cage was 25 feet in diameter, 5 feet smaller than the usual UFC cage, to suit the smaller combatants.
Scott Adams and Reed Harris founded the group in 2001. Between 2001 and 2006, the majority of their activities took place in Lemoore, California, and were broadcast on HDNet. Zuffa acquired the WEC in December 2006. With the purchase, the WEC remained an independent organization with its own fighter roster. Adams was retained as the organization’s matchmaker following the transaction. Harris and Adams were both engaged in the new WEC and were designated co-General Managers. Zuffa appointed Sean Shelby as the promotion’s new matchmaker in 2008.
Following the purchase, Zuffa made many adjustments to the campaign. It dropped the pentagonal cage in favor of a modified version of the UFC’s octagonal cage. The titles of fighters who had contracts with the UFC were annulled. The company shifted its emphasis to lesser weight classes, dropping its heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions and titles but keeping their bantamweight and featherweight divisions—two divisions that were not featured in the UFC at the time. Following the acquisition, multiple WEC events, similar to the UFC, were hosted in Zuffa’s hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. The WEC broadcasted live events on Versus, formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network, TSN in Canada, and The Score in the United Kingdom. The WEC’s inaugural live event aired on Versus on June 3, 2007 from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The WEC stated that following their December 3, 2008 event, they would eliminate its light heavyweight and middleweight categories to focus on lesser classifications. After their respective divisions were dissolved, fighters from the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions began competing in the UFC. In addition, on February 3, 2009, the WEC announced the formation of a 125-pound flyweight class and the abolition of its welterweight division (flyweight would have been the last division under the “Unified Rules of MMA” to be activated under Zuffa, excluding Super Heavyweight). After their category was dissolved, fighters from the welterweight class began competing in the UFC. Prior to the merger, the only weight class that crossed over between the WEC and the UFC was the 155-pound lightweight division.
World Extreme Cagefighting announced on January 8, 2010 that AMP Energy will be the official energy drink of WEC. Amp Energy also supported three WEC fighters: featherweight Urijah Faber, featherweight Chad Mendes, and bantamweight Joseph Benavidez.
WEC 48, the WEC’s only pay-per-view event, took place on April 24, 2010, and included two championship fights. The headline event pitted WEC Featherweight Champion José Aldo against former champion Urijah Faber.
On October 28, 2010, UFC President Dana White announced the merger of the WEC with the UFC.