The UFC and Zuffa are always putting out new and exciting content for MMA fans around the world. In eight days, Fox Sports 1 will debut the ‘Best of WEC’ 8 pm/5pm ET/ PT. The six part series will highlight some of the greatest matches and moments in the WEC’s history.
The WEC was a beloved organization from 2001-2010 which blossomed the careers of many of today’s stars in the UFC’s smaller weight classes. UFC champions Anthony Pettis, Demetrious Johnson, Jose Aldo, and Renan Barao were all WEC competitors. Former champions Benson Henderson and Dominick Cruz were WEC staples as well.
Before the organization was bought by Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, WEC had the heavier weight classes as well. Chris Leben, Mike Swick, Carlos Condit, Brian Stann, Frank Shamrock, Nick Diaz, and many other notable fighters all competed in the organization.
After Zuffa purchased the company in 2006, it was only a matter of time before the roster was folded into the UFC. On December 16th, 2010, WEC ran their final event: WEC 53. The card was absolutely stacked with future UFC champions and talent. In the main event, Anthony Pettis uncorked the ‘Showtime Kick’ and defeated Benson Henderson by decision to become the final WEC Lightweight champion.
Here is the schedule for ‘Best of WEC’ (Courtesy of MMAJunkie):
- “Best of WEC” 101: Some of the biggest names in MMA showcase their skills inside the WEC octagon in this all-star edition.
- “Best of WEC” 102: From one-punch knockouts to skillful submissions, witness some of the most memorable finishes in WEC history.
- “Best of WEC” 103: Watch three classic bantamweight and featherweight fights from the WEC that prove that bigger isn’t always badder.
- “Best of WEC” 104: WEC’s lighter-weight fighters were known for their nonstop cardio and action that looked like it was unfolding in fast-forward. See three of these memorable brawls.
- “Best of WEC” 105: See great fights from the members of Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male: Faber, Mendez, Benavidez and Danny Castillo.
- “Best of WEC” 106: Journey back to WEC 53 for two memorable lightweight fights: Henderson vs. Pettis and Cerrone vs. Chris Horodecki.