WEC-UFC Lightweight Mashup Matchups Roundup

Even back when the WEC-UFC merger was just a hypothesis to be debated on internet forums, everyone knew the deal: the 135 and 145ers would keep on truckin’ like always, but where would the WEC’s lightweights fit in to the UFC’s already deep roster?  Could the WEC boys really cut the mustard in the Big Show?

Well the epic mashup is now complete, and while there’s already been a few battles of the wee ones under the UFC banner, we’ve yet to see any matches between former WEC and current UFC talent at lightweight.  But that’s all about to change starting this Saturday.  Behold, the March Of Death is nigh!

After the jump is the complete list of upcoming WEC vs UFC battles, current as of today.

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UFC 126: SILVA vs BELFORT – February 5
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (13-3-1, 6-3-1 WEC) vs Paul “Tellys” Kelly (11-3, 5-3 UFC)


UFC 127: PENN vs FITCH
– February 27
Maciej “Megamind” Jewtuszko (8-0, 1-0 WEC) vs Curt “The War” Warburton (6-2, 0-1 UFC)
Tie Quan “The Mongolian Wolf” Zhang (12-1, 1-1 WEC) vs Jason Reinhardt (20-1, 0-1 UFC)


UFC LIVE 3: SANCHEZ vs KAMPMANN
– March 3
Danny “Last Call” Castillo (10-3, 5-3 WEC) vs Joe “Daddy” Stevenson (31-12, 8-6 UFC)
Shane Roller (9-3, 6-2 WEC) vs Thiago Tavares (15-3-1, 5-3-1 UFC)


UFC 128: SHOGUN vs EVANS
– March 19
Kamal ” target=”_blank”>“The Iron Sheik” Shalorus (7-0-2, 3-0-1 WEC) vs Jim Miller (19-2, 8-1 UFC)
Anthony “419 Scam” Njokuani (13-4, 4-3 WEC) vs Edson “Leg Kicks” Barboza (7-0, 1-0 UFC)


UFC FIGHT NIGHT 24: ORTIZ vs LIL NOG
– March 26
Leonard “Hypno-Toad” Garcia (15-6-1, 4-3-1 WEC, 2-2 UFC) vs Nam Phan (16-8, 0-1 UFC)
Mackens “Mack da Menace” Semerzier (5-3, 1-3 WEC) vs Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres (4-2, 0-0 UFC)
These two fights will actually be at featherweight, but I included them anyway since both Phan and Leroy were on the recent lightweight season of TUF.


UFC 129: GSP vs SHIELDS
– April 30
Benson “Soul Glow” Henderson (12-2, 5-1 WEC) vs Mark ” target=”_blank”>“No Soul” Bocek (9-3, 5-3 UFC)


TUF 13 FINALE
– June 4
Anthony “Matrix” Pettis (13-1, 5-1 WEC) vs Clay “Captain Caveman” Guida (28-11, 1-0 WEC, 8-5 UFC)
Bet you forgot that Guida once fought in the WEC, huh?  Fun fact: back in 2006, he won and promptly lost the Strikeforce belt, then fought in Shooto, the WEC, and made his UFC debut.

Who will survive?  Whose fistic cuisine will reign supreme, and who will earn only an embarrassing fail and a one-way train ticket out of town?

  • pewnt

    Good read.

    It’s a bad time to be under 160 lbs, but it will be great if your a fan of the lighter weights. I can’t wait to see how things settle. Lets hope that no one cracks under pressure, and pulls a Starnes.

  • Rikers

    Something tells me Pettis is going to get try hump’d for 15 minutes

  • CAP

    Love the high 5 pic!

    I can’t wait for Danny Downes to tear up the UFC.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Pettis has been training wrestling with former olympian ben askren and it has shown in his past 3 victories over wrestlers.

    Awesome post consolidating all the wec vs ufc fights, in the words of bart scott.

    CAN’T WAIT!!

  • FiveBoltMain

    ^ You forgot that Guida has Yoda on his side.

  • Blackula Jonez

    That is true, still think the fight will be more evenly matched than most people think.

  • subo

    Nice.

     

    If that were actually Kamal’s nickname, he’d be my favorite fighter.  Brian “Sergeant Slaughter” Stann is a built-in rival.

  • frickshun

    Great write-up!! Too bad I couldn’t see it @ work….

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