December 16th is the date when the WEC will hold their last ever event, WEC 53, before the promotion merges with the UFC, and judging by the fight card the plan is to go out with a bang.
The first of two title fights on the night sees current WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson attempting to defend his belt for one final time against Anthony Pettis who’s lost just once in twelve fights and was recently the focus of an episode of MTV’s “World Of Jenks” show.
As well as being the headline bout the match-up has added significance as the winner will take the No.1 contenders spot in the UFC and fight the winner of Frankie Edgar Vs Gray Maynard in 2011.
Meanwhile the UFC’s first bantamweight champion will be established at the event when current title holder Dominick Cruz takes on Scott Jorgensen.
Another WEC favorite Donald Cerrone also features on the promotion’s last ever event when he takes on Chris Horodecki who was once the star of another company that’s no longer with us, the IFL. The winner of this 155lb tilt can then look forward to tough challenges ahead in the upper half of the UFC’s lightweight ladder.
Two other lightweight fighters looking to establish themselves as contenders at 155lbs before the forthcoming merger are former champion Jamie Varner and Shane Roller. Varner is of course no stranger to the UFC – he went 1-1 in the promotion during 2006-2007. Roller has spent most of his career to date in the WEC though and will be keen to get a win here to make sure he doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.
Brad Pickett, one of the UK’s best hopes of finding a new UFC star in the lighter weight classes, will be back in action at the event where he will take on Ivan Menjivar who fought in the UFC just once back at UFC 48, and after a four year hiatus returns to find he could be one win away from an unexpected return to the big stage.
See the full fight card for the event below.
- Ben Henderson Vs Anthony Pettis
- Dominick Cruz Vs Scott Jorgensen
- Donald Cerrone Vs Chris Horodecki
- Bart Palaszewski vs. Kamal Shalorus
- Tie Quan Zhang vs. Daniel Downes
- Jamie Varner Vs Shane Roller
- Brad Pickett Vs Ivan Menjivar
- Renan do Nascimento Mota Pegado vs. Chris Cariaso
- Ricardo Lamas vs. Yuri Alcantara
- Danny Castillo vs. Will Kerr
- Eddie Wineland vs. Ken Stone