Reed Harris says UFC and WEC Lightweight Superfights are possiblePosted on July 18, 2010, 07:17 PM by Joey Santosus
When the UFC's parent company Zuffa LLC purchased World Extreme Cagefighting in 2006, it didn't take long before their rosters began to merge. While the WEC's light heavyweight, middleweight, and welterweight divisions were absorbed by the UFC, their lightweight division remained, making it the only common weight class between the promotions.
WEC General Manager, Reed Harris recently discussed the idea of their lightweight division becoming one with the UFC's, however he does not feel it is likely at this time.
“Joe Silva’s got a ton of guys at 155 that he’s got to get fights for too. I don’t think he’d be that excited about taking on all our guys."
However, with guys like Ben Henderson (12-1-0), all but cleaning out the division, it makes sense to test him against the best competitors available. In fact, the idea of Henderson facing BJ Penn or Jamie Varner stepping in the cage with Frankie Edgar is not as far fetched as one may have previously thought. According to Reed, that is something that has already been considered:
"Dana has mentioned maybe he'd like to do superfights; maybe we could see Henderson against one of their guys or something like that. We're certainly open to all that," Harris stated.
As for the time being, the WEC lightweight division will remain intact. With no official word of any such cross-over fights at this time, Ben Henderson is expected to defend his title before the year is out.