Current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit was scheduled to face Brock Larson at WEC 39 on March 1st. However, it is being reported that Condit has sustained a wrist injury during training and will be forced to pull out of their rematch. Instead of finding a replacement for Larson, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and the WEC, has decided to promote Condit to the UFC and possibly eliminating the WEC’s welterweight division.
FiveOuncesofPain reported that Condit could likely make his Octagon debut against Martin Kampmann at “UFC Fight Night 18” on April 1st.
It was initially reported that Larson was the one the sustained an injury during training, however MMAWeekly.com discovered that it was in fact the champion that injured his right wrist and will be sidelined for at least four weeks.
Condit looked impressive in his 4thRound knockout of Hiromitsu Miura at WEC 35. He has won eight consecutive bouts, however will be joining one of the UFC’s deepest divisions.
In his first UFC welterweight bout, Kampmann defeated Alexandre Barros via TKO in the 2ndRound at UFC 93 earlier this month.
It is also being reported that instead of having an open competition for Condit’s soon-to-be vacant title, Zuffa may decide to eliminate the WEC’s welterweight division altogether.
Beginning in 2009, Zuffa decided to disband the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions in the WEC so the promotion could focus on the lighter weight classes.