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Almost No One Is Happy to Be in the WEC…But That’s Okay

With the WEC’s next event just around the corner, media coverage has started to ramp up this week. As it does, the one thing that becomes increasingly clear is that the organization’s top fighters are mostly just pissed off that they aren’t in the UFC. USA Today wrote about the UFC’s uncertain attitude regarding the future of the promotion, including a quote from Marc Ratner that reflects what seems to the consensus opinion over at Zuffa:

“There is talk about having the heavier guys come on over (to UFC), and maybe anything under 145 (pounds, the featherweight limit) would be WEC and above 145 would be UFC,” says UFC vice president Marc Ratner. “It hasn’t been put into place yet.”

In the same article, Carlos Condit describes the UFC as “the big show” and says he hopes to move on up. Jamie Varner made similar comments to Sherdog, saying:

“I still got all the doubters out there, and that’s motivation to me,” Varner said. “All the people out there saying this guy in the UFC would beat you or this guy in Dream would kill you. I want to beat everyone that Zuffa puts in front of me and hopefully one day get my opportunity to fight a B.J. Penn and show the world what I’m made of.”

Ordinarily it would be a bad thing to have all your top fighters publicly stating their desire to go and fight somewhere else, but this only reinforces how smart it was of Zuffa to purchase the WEC and use them as a sort of minor league, as well as how dumb it would be to turn it into nothing but featherweights and bantamweights.

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Carlos Condit Retains WEC Title; Varner + Torres Snatch ‘Em Up

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(The thrill of victory, and the agony of nearly having your head ripped off by Miguel Torres.)

Hey, three out of five ain’t bad, especially for us. WEC put on another satisfyingly kick-ass show last night — maybe smaller, hungrier fighters really are more exciting? — and the evening was marked by two champions getting their belts violently taken from them. Here are the full results, with videos of the title fights after the jump:

Carlos Condit (defending champion) def. Carlo Prater via guillotine choke at 3:48, R1
Jamie Varner (new champion) def. Rob McCullough via KO at 2:54, R3
Miguel Torres (new champion) def. Chase Beebe via guillotine choke at 3:59, R1
Manny Tapia def. Antonio Banuelos via split decision
Leonard Garcia def. Hiroyuki Takaya via KO at 1:31, R1
Josh Grispi def. Mark Hominick via rear naked choke at 2:55, R1
Coty Wheeler def. Del Hawkins via armbar at 1:57, R2
Damacio Page def. Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision
Yoshiro Maeda def. Charlie Valencia via TKO at 2:29, R1
Micah Miller def. Chance Farrar via KO at 1:39, R1

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