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WEC reveals their gameplan for 2008

Mr Sunshine Steve Cofield gets the goods again with an interview with WEC vice prez Brian Dropick (who’s name is one ‘k’ away from being the most awesome name in the universe). I know I just wrote yesterday that I don’t see how the WEC is going to make it if they’re stuck in the role of retarded cousin to the UFC, but maybe I spoke too soon: Dropick revealed some solid news.

First off, they’re looking to take the WEC out of Vegas, which is an excellent idea. The Hard Rock might be less expensive than other venues, but Jason Miller had a point when he said it makes the event feel like a college wrestling meet. Basically the place sucks balls for MMA. You get one drunk bitch at the bar screaming and she drowns out all other noise in the venue.

Vegas already has enough MMA. The WEC needs to go East where there’s a massive untapped market. In fact, if I was them I’d set up shop in New England and make that my stomping ground. Touring across the US is expensive and takes a bunch of effort. Running the show from one place was smart of the WEC, they just picked the wrong place to run from.

Lastly, they promised at least 6 live WEC events to be shown on Versus and the possibility of a PPV in the future as well. If they space those out once every two months, we’re pretty much guaranteed two belts per event and the entire roster fighting once every four months. Now that’s something I can get behind!

  • ajadoniz

    Definitely. The WEC should be used as a primer for the upcoming UFC events. Have the WEC come down to these virgin markets, like Philly, or Chicago so that we don’t have to wait for the UFC to come down. I want my prime MMA now.

  • Matt (tapout name shitstain)

    If the UFC was so concerned about “the sport”, they would have their high priced legal team down south getting this shit legal and having events in Atlanta, Charlotte, etc, instead of shitting on MMA websites that have UFC somewhere in their name.

  • MMAStation

    The WEC definately needs to move. Maybe they should base it out of Ohio where the UFC always draws large crowds. They also need to expand their roster and get rid of the LHW division and possibly the MW’s, because they wont get enough talented guys there and noone is going to fight Filho.

  • JiuJitsu365

    I agree and if they keep promoting their fighters and allowing us to get to know them, the fights should remain interesting…..

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    I’d love to have events in New England, but right now, you’re going to be limited to tribal casinos, which are pretty much in Connecticut. Massachusetts is both starting to license casinos now (so you’re talking a couple years out when they’re really open for business) and to regulate MMA, so you could start having some nice shows in Boston eventually.

    No one is going to go to events in Portland Maine or Portsmouth though.