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The WEC: Why not just fold it into the UFC?

cheeto1012010-05-17 14:17:09 +0000 #1
Title says it all (again ) Its a topic thats been discussed before, but I figured that after tonights event it could use another go.

Tonight's event was absolutely stellar with solid presentation and even better fights, but I can't help but feel that this could have made Zuffa & Co. way more money under the UFC banner then the WEC banner. With Dana/Joe/Goldie basically taking over the presentation of the show, this just seemed like a regular UFC event with WEC fighters. Its well known the UFC name sells cards (look at the Vancouver sellout despite the ****ty card) so why not just fold them into one org already?

I know the biggest arguement against it is going to be something along the lines of "too many belts" and "lighter fighters don't draw well", but given the consistant quality if WEC events, adding the more exciting WEC fighters would contribute to the overall quality of the product which would hopefully bring in new fans and keep the ones they have interested in MMA. I guess another good arguement against it would be that they couldn't really justify nickel and diming the WEC guys.

I dunno, bringing them together just seems to make sense to me from both a fans perspective and a buisness perspective. Thoughts? Opinions?


BruceLee2010-05-17 14:21:16 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by cheeto101

Title says it all (again ) Its a topic thats been discussed before, but I figured that after tonights event it could use another go.

Tonight's event was absolutely stellar with solid presentation and even better fights, but I can't help but feel that this could have made Zuffa & Co. way more money under the UFC banner then the WEC banner. With Dana/Joe/Goldie basically taking over the presentation of the show, this just seemed like a regular UFC event with WEC fighters. Its well known the UFC name sells cards (look at the Vancouver sellout despite the ****ty card) so why not just fold them into one org already?

I know the biggest arguement against it is going to be something along the lines of "too many belts" and "lighter fighters don't draw well", but given the consistant quality if WEC events, adding the more exciting WEC fighters would contribute to the overall quality of the product which would hopefully bring in new fans and keep the ones they have interested in MMA. I guess another good arguement against it would be that they couldn't really justify nickel and diming the WEC guys.

I dunno, bringing them together just seems to make sense to me from both a fans perspective and a buisness perspective. Thoughts? Opinions?

They basically didn't give the WEC brandname an opportunity to see if it could stand on it's own. (which it cant').

It was basically a UFC show.

The only problem is that Spike is allowed to show the UFC cards and Versus has a contract for the WEC. They can only show something like 4 events a year outside of Spike TV on TV. So that is the main thing that is preventing a merger.

I think the PPV is just for Uriah Faber's benefit anyway. But who knows how they will work it out in the future.
Vanno2010-05-17 14:55:12 +0000 #3
Might as well have been called UFC 113; everyone working at the bar I went to was calling it UFC.
bhorrrr2010-05-17 15:39:09 +0000 #4
that was probably because they didn't even know the term "mma", as i find to be the case at most bars.

i don't see any reason at all not to merge them. as far as the "lighter fighters don't/won't sell" line of thinking, i think exciting fighters sell fights no matter the weight class. also, the ufc is cutting guys like crazy and putting on lots of prelim fights and even fights on the main card sometimes that just don't matter in any way and end up in guys getting cut. most people don't even think most of the divisions are even all that deep right now.

i don't think incorporating 2/3 featherweight and bantamweight fights a card would hurt them too badly. especially if it means a few extra title fights a year for the main cards.
thelegend2010-05-17 14:51:13 +0000 #5
what if Zuffa decide to fold the WEC, saying that it was bankrupt or something like that, then just immediately sign all their fighters over too the UFC?

is that legal?
MMASonofThunder2010-05-17 14:42:03 +0000 #6
The UFC was once small I do not feel that WEC should merge with the UFC, Dana White is a complete jerk and it was revealed by him degrading his top fighter Anderson Silva in UFC 112. The president should never go after his champion in public as White did Silva. The problem is not Anderson Silva the problem is peons like Dan white that treat fighters like crap that he can not mold into the shape that he wants. His new pet is GSP. Noticed how white allowed Anderson to go up and fight as a light heavyweight but ha snot allowed him to go down and fight GSP a fight that will make tons of money. Reason being is Anderson would be welterweight and middle weight champ. They he can go up and take the light heavy weigh title. White does not want that it is almost as if he has a personal problem with Silva, if he want to see better fights then ufc 112 then match him with someone that give him a real fight. If he does not like show boating then he should get his ass in the ring and settle his problem with Silva that way. This is why WEC should not merge with the UFC it give fighters an option not to put up with ass holes like white.

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