The WEC has some big plans in store for 2009. Coming off of their most successful year in the organization’s history, they are looking to catapult themselves into an elite level and become a solid MMA organization for many years to come. It also doesn’t hurt that they are owned by Zuffa, LLC, the same company that owns the largest MMA promotion in the world, the UFC. They will be kicking off their year with WEC 38 on January 25th.
Although the organization’s most popular fighter, Urijah Faber, lost his featherweight title to Mike Brown earlier this month, he is definitely in their future plans. In fact, they are planning on putting him on the WEC 38 card.
“Urijah wants to fight in January,” his manger Mike Roberts stated. “We’re still trying to sort out who he’s going to fight.”
Ideally, Faber would like an immediate rematch against Brown, and if anyone deserved one it would be him. Unfortunately, Brown will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a torn rib cage from their November 5th battle at WEC 36.
At this time, the WEC’s best options would be to pit Faber against Leonard Garcia or Jose Aldo, two fast rising stars in their own right.
In addition to Faber’s participation, the WEC plans to have two title bouts to jump start 2009. WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will look to keep his eight-fight winning streak alive. It is likely that he will be facing Brock Larson, however that bout has yet to be finalized.
Also, WEC lightweight champ Jaime Varner will make his second title defense against Donald Cerrone. This bout will likely be the main event of the evening.