As the WEC shifts fighters, employees, and basically the whole promotion over to the UFC in the next several weeks, the promotion that started up in Lemoore, Calif., will soon cease to exist, but not without hours of past fights left behind.
Since being purchased by Zuffa in 2006, the WEC has been putting on events under their umbrella and shortly after the deal was made they began airing live events on the Versus network.
With the WEC becoming part of the UFC machine, the Versus network will continue to have a relationship with the MMA juggernaut as the UFC will broadcast four live shows on the network in 2011. According to current WEC Vice President Peter Dropick, the network will also continue to have rights to broadcast past WEC shows as well.
“Those will continue to air on Versus through 2011,” Dropick said on Monday.
The Versus network has been a partner with the WEC over the last few years, but the exit of the promotion from its airwaves made many wonder if past shows would soon find their way into UFC programming.
According to Dropick, the Versus network will still have the rights to those shows, and will continue to air them next year.
“There won’t be any original programming at this point, but they’ll re-air the WrekCage, and the WEC live events in conjunction with the four live UFC events,” he confirmed.
The WEC still has two live shows left to go on the Versus network. WEC 52 will air on Nov. 11 from the Palms in Las Vegas, while WEC 53 goes down on Dec. 16 from Phoenix, Ariz. After that time the network will air previous events in reruns and the four live UFC events set to take place on Versus in 2011.