If Dana White is to be believed then there’s exciting plans afoot at Zuffa HQ for 2011.
In the wake of another impressive win for featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s at WEC 51 some, including myself, have been speculating on how long it will be before the hugely talented 24 year-old steps up to the UFC’s 155lb division.
“The (expletive) we are going to do in the next year is going to blow your mind,” he added.When asked if that meant anything from a WEC/UFC merger to an Edgar/Aldo superfight, he artfully dodged.
“You’ll just have to sit back and watch. You have no idea the crazy (expletive) we’re working on.”
This is certainly Interesting stuff. Talks of a WEC / UFC merger have been doing the rounds for a long time but so far nothing has materialized.
I’d love to see it happen. it would give the WEC’s talent far great exposure and a chance to get paid more handsomely for the great entertainment they deliver. It would also reinvigorate the UFC and give them a lot more options to provide fight cards full of quality bouts, and give them the chance to introduce new stars like Aldo into the mix.
I’m not convinced it will happen though. There’s complications – such as the WEC’s current deal with VERSUS for starters.
Therefore it may have to be a compromise, such as some kind of co-promotion. WEC 48 – the promotion’s first PPV event was the first step towards such a move with it essentially being rebranded as a UFC event, and even including a prelim show on Spike TV – a first for the WEC.
So taking it a step further…the UFC has had two events on the Versus network this year. What’s to stop them having a joint UFC Versus WEC event in 2011 with the likes of Jose Aldo taking on whoever is the UFC’s lightweight champion at the time, plus quality bouts from each promotions filling out the rest of the card?
Alternatively, and perhaps more to Zuffa’s liking would be to have the same card on pay-per-view.
Any of these scenario’s would certainly be something exciting and fresh to look forward to in the coming year.
Of course it could also be something far more mundane. Dana has hinted at major announcements before and then they’ve either fallen through or they turn out to be something like a new set of UFC branded toys.