The generally well respected Brazilian site/magazine Tatame is reviving the possibility that the WEC may be merged into the UFC next year:
Biggest MMA event of the planet, UFC has plans even bigger to 2010. Sources close to WEC informed TATAME.com that the UFC will add new weights categories on the next year, bringing athletes with contract with WEC, that was bought by Zuffa – same organization that commands the UFC – in 2006.
This year, UFC scheduled 20 events – WEC made only eight –, but the bigger amount of athletes would force the organization to make a bigger number of annual shows. According to sources close to the event, Zuffa called all the fighters with contract with WEC in Las Vegas earlier this month, telling about the merger and revealing that they plan three events for month in the future.
There’s a few reasons why this is unlikely … first, if anything like this had been brought up at the Zuffa fighter meeting earlier this month, it would have leaked faster than an Evan Tanner boat (fuck I miss you man). Secondly, the WEC’s PR guy specifically called bullshit on this latest merger talk.
Personally, I have no doubt that the WEC isn’t going to ‘merge’ with the UFC … after all, the WEC has a contract with Versus and kinda sorta has to still exist in order to fulfill that. But would the UFC rape and pillage the WEC’s roster and make them UFC-lite where fighters of all weight classes go after they wash out of the UFC? Well, they would if they were smart.