Although it has not been officially announced, all signs are indicating that the WEC will eliminate their welterweight division. The latest Zuffa, LLC fighter to get promoted to the UFC is former WEC 170-pound top contender Brock Larson. It has been announced that he will be taking on Jesse Sanders at “UFC Fight Night 18” on April 1st at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Larson was scheduled to face WEC champ Carlos Condit at WEC 39 on March 1st, however he sustained a wrist injury during training and was 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 both of the fighters to the UFC, ultimately eliminating the WEC’s welterweight division.
April 1st will mark Larson’s first Octagon bout in over three years, as he previously posted a 1-1 record for the organization. Larson has won three consecutive bouts, including his 1stRound TKO victory over Carlo Prater at WEC 35.
The little-known Sanders enters the UFC with a staggering 24 fights in just a three-year career. He has boxed professionally in the past, posting a 15-4 record, however appears to be adapting to the MMA game quite well as he has finished off 13 of his 20 MMA opponents via submission.