by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The first ever fan voted Amp Energy WEC contest came to a close on Wednesday night with Phoenix coming out victorious as the city that will host a WEC event on Dec. 16.
This will be the first WEC event in Arizona, where fans have long clamored for the promotion to come to their state.
The finalists in the competition including Phoenix, Milwaukee, and Nashville. The event will take place at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix.
WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson trains out of Arizona, and was among those in attendance on Wednesday night when the announcement was made.
“It’s going to be awesome,” Henderson said. “We’ve got some great fans out there. They’ve been MMA hardcore fans for the past 10-15 years, a long time, a lot of good fighters out there. So I’m really looking forward to it.”
Henderson might look even more forward to the show as he will more than likely end up as the headliner on the card, presumably against new top contender Anthony Pettis.
Jamie Varner is another prominent fighter who trains and lives in Arizona, and if he gets past Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at WEC 51 in September, he’ll likely be gunning for the chance to fight in his home state as well.