Do EliteXC Fighters Fit the WEC Mold? Maybe…

November 2, 2008
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World Extreme Cagefighting vice president Peter Dropick was recently asked if the WEC had any interest in signing fighters from the now defunct EliteXC promotion… specifically K.J. Noons, Nick Diaz, and Wilson Reis.

“I know our matchmakers are look at any fighters that are available. I don’t know their contractual situations. There are a handful of guys that make sense, and there are some that just wouldn’t make sense,” Dropick replied.

Although he couldn’t really commit to any specific fighters due to EliteXC and its fighters still being mired in a web of legal entanglements, the VP did sound like he was interested in bringing some of the top EliteXC talent to the WEC.

“I don’t know specifically if we’ve talked to anyone or legally if we can talk to anyone at this point, but absolutely we’re keeping an eye on that situation. We want the best guys in the world and those guys that are available we’ve got a lot to offer them.”

One of the biggest questions surrounding EliteXC’s collapse has been what will happen to the female fighters. Gina Carano has developed a certain amount of star power, and EliteXC had also attracted a number of other top female fighters like Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, Sarah Kaufman, Tonya Evinger, Kelly Kobold, and others among them.

Unfortunately for the female EliteXC fighters and their fans, it doesn’t appear that the UFC’s sister promotion currently has any more interest in their services than does the UFC itself. Asked if there had been any discussion about bringing any of the female fighters into the WEC fold, Dropick simply replied, “No, there hasn’t.”

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