Though details are still emerging, it appears likely that the WEC’s welterweight division, including current title-holder Carlos Condit, will be merged into the UFC’s 170-pound class.
Condit’s scheduled title defense against Brock Larson, which was slated to co-headline WEC 39 on March 1st, has been canceled due to injury, though reports vary on which fighter was injured, and Condit is now expected to make his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18, according to Five Ounces of Pain.
The WEC has always focused on lighter weight classes, never adopting the heavyweight division and recently axing its two heaviest weight classes: middleweight and light heavyweight. With the welterweight division now slated to be merged with the UFC it leaves the WEC with just three divisions, lightweight (155), featherweight (145), and bantamweight (135), with only the 155-pound class existing in both the WEC and UFC. However, news of the welterweight merger was preceded by reports that the WEC will add a 125-pound bantamweight division to it’s roster early this year.