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WEC to Add Even Smaller Men to Its Roster

(Mamoru Yamaguchi and Shinichi Kojima: America is not ready.)

With their middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions officially closed down, the WEC is planning to add a new division to further differentiate themselves from their big brothers in the UFC. No, not women (at least not yet). According to MMA Weekly, you’ll soon be seeing 125-pound flyweights battling under the WEC banner: sources on Tuesday revealed that the WEC is adding a 125-pound flyweight division. With WEC 38 in San Diego just three weeks away, no 125-pound bouts are expected for that fight card. The promotion’s next event, likely in March, is a more apt candidate to host the WEC’s new commitment to flyweight fighters.

Quick, name three flyweight fighters. If you can do it, you’re probably a die-hard Shooto fan, since that’s where most of the top 125-pounders compete. And you can be sure that the WEC will be poaching a lot of talent from the Japanese organization. But Bloody Elbow believes that the WEC will be building their new division around Henry Cejudo, the 21-year-old American freestyle wrestler who won a gold medal in Beijing last summer competing at 121 pounds. Cejudo has been training at a boxing gym in his hometown of Phoenix, and was briefly rumored as an opponent for Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto at Fields Dynamite!! 2008. The upside with Cejudo is that he’s already something of a national hero, and can actually speak English — and therefore would be a lot easier to market than some of the other flyweight talent the WEC might bring aboard.

No matchups for the WEC’s March event have been officially announced, though a welterweight title fight between Carlos Condit and Brock Larson has been rumored.

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Hlem- January 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm
"first time ive seen a curly haired asian in my life"

It's a punch-perm; sort of like a species of Japanese mullet.
TUF Guy- January 7, 2009 at 11:53 am
This could be hillarious
Tyler- January 7, 2009 at 10:26 am
Butterbean has taken a shit bigger than these guys!
Surfin Dave- January 7, 2009 at 9:16 am
Next up in the WEC:

Midget MMA! aka MMMA

Or would that be Miniscule MMA...
Anonymous- January 7, 2009 at 8:53 am
first time ive seen a curly haired asian in my life
DDT- January 7, 2009 at 8:12 am
There was that one guy on Tapout that was a 125er at Greg Jackson's camp but he had to fight at 135 because Jackson could not get him any fights at 125. That dude was like a little spider monkey. Jackson predicted that he would be the 125 champ if there was a belt to be had. I am hoping to see him in the WEC. What was his name???
durrrrrr- January 7, 2009 at 7:48 am
That fro is all pro
Anonymous- January 7, 2009 at 7:09 am
Great shot of the rare asian afro in the wild
joejoe- January 7, 2009 at 7:01 am
Condit and Larson? Again? 170 is such a deep weight class, can't they tempt one of the fringe UFC welterweights to jump to the WEC if a title shot is involved?
lilpo0ts- January 7, 2009 at 6:44 am
entertainment wise, well conditioned 125ers are gonna look like dueling mongeese. i think its gonna lead to alot of division jumping. 230-205 is nowhere near as easy as 125-135 maybe even 145 switches. good move for the sport. yamamoto would be a blockbuster coming here.
Jim- January 7, 2009 at 6:17 am
Oh, this is pretty smart. Definitely a way to get the promotion some heavy attention from smaller, more boxing-centric circles like the Latin-American population and Mexico.