After the news of the WEC’s merger with the UFC broke a number of the WEC’s biggest stars reacted with genuine delight and enthusiasm to the news.

Former featherweight champion Urijah Faber has undoubtedly been the promotion’s biggest star and in a video blog ‘The California Kid’ expressed his happiness at the news, and his relief that he would no longer have to explain to people why he wasn’t in the UFC.

The WEC’s lightweight champion Ben Henderson is also excited by the prospect of fighting in the sport’s biggest promotion.

“I’m very excited. Now the major goal is to go over there wearing a belt,” Henderson told the Cagewriter site. “To be the best and make that claim, you’ve gotta beat the best. I want to take that one step further and beat not only the best, but everyone so there’s no doubt.”

Bantamweight No.1 contender Scott Jorgensen can’t wait to show UFC fans what he’s all about.

“I don’t put on dull fights. The fact that we’re on the UFC stage means that I get to show more people how exciting and how tough I really am. Every UFC fan that wasn’t a WEC fan will become my fan now.”

And fighting in the UFC can’t come soon enough for No.1 lightweight contender Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis.

“When I heard about it, I was finishing up my morning training session, and I wanted to go right back to the gym and train,” Pettis told Cagewriter. “My fight with Ben was big enough, and now I’m two fights away from being the UFC champion. It’s two championships in two fights.”