by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Following another successful night of fights for the WEC, the attention now turns to what’s next for the promotion and the promise of pay-per-view in 2010 still looms large. The organization may have found its main event on Sunday night as hometown kid Urijah Faber brought 10,000-plus fans with him to earn a shot at Jose Aldo’s featherweight title later this year.
Speaking with the media at the post fight press conference, WEC general mananger Reed Harris said that a featherweight title fight could very well be the headliner they were looking for on the promotion’s pay-per-view debut.
“I would think that as we move towards that, that would be a great pay-per-view,” Harris said when talking about Aldo vs. Faber. “I think the fans would pay to see that fight.”
The promotion has long talked about making the move, but 2010 has been guaranteed by several prominent figures in the WEC as the year pay-per-view becomes a reality. Still, Harris believes they have to make sure the whole card isn’t based on one fight. He wants to deliver a solid card from top to bottom, something WEC is garnering a strong reputation for.
“The other thing we have to look at though is we need to do more than one good fight on that card,” Harris commented. “We want to put together a card where people are basically saying they cannot miss it.”
He also didn’t rule out the possibility of putting Ben Henderson on that card as well defending his title against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, after their first fight gained notoriety as a candidate for Fight of the Year in 2009.
Right now though, it’s the waiting game as the upper brass for the WEC and Zuffa put all the right pieces to the puzzle in the right places before making any hasty moves.
“Don’t have a date or location, but I’m going to tell you it’s going to happen,” Harris said about the WEC pay-per-view. “We’re looking at the first half of 2010. We’re looking at dates, locations, all that. There’s a lot of things that we look at that go into this, and we want to make sure that our first one is very, very successful.”
One factor that could almost guarantee success, at least with the live crowd, is Urijah Faber’s involvement in a hometown show back in Sacramento. The “California Kid” has pulled in staggering numbers for the promotion each time he heads a card in his hometown. Harris didn’t rule out coming back to ARCO Arena for the pay-per-view.
“We haven’t talked about that, but I’ve got to tell you after seeing the crowd tonight, I don’t think it would ever be too soon,” he commented.
Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more information on the WEC pay-per-view as it becomes available.