WEC: Flyweights In, Welterweights Out

Written by Tom Ngo
February 3rd, 2009

The WEC has just announced that the organization will be adding the flyweight division to their promotion. The new 125-pound weight class marks the official elimination of the welterweight division. Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and the WEC, has decided to have the WEC focus more on the lighter weight classes, as this is the third division that they have eliminated in 2009.

The WEC will now only host the lightweight (155 pounds), featherweight (145 pounds), bantamweight (135 pounds), and flyweight (125 pounds) divisions.

Former WEC 170-pound champion Carlos Condit was promoted to the UFC last week, and it was officially announced today that he will be making is Octagon debut against Martin Kampmann at “UFC Fight Night 18” on April 1st.

“With the addition of the flyweight division, the WEC has cemented its status as the home of the greatest lighter weight fighters in the world,” said Peter Dropick, WEC vice president of operations and production. “We are excited to launch the 125-pound championship division, and look forward to giving our fans the best and most action-packed flyweight fights in the sport. More information about the WEC flyweight division will be announced at a later date.”

Zuffa terminated the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions to start the new year, and just decided to put an end to the welterweight division within the last week. The lightweight division is the only weight class the the WEC and UFC hold in common.

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