by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com World Extreme Cagefighting already has its next few shows nailed down. They head to the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., on Sept. 30, back to the Palms in Las Vegas on Nov. 10, and then the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Az., in December.
Much like its counterpart, the UFC, the WEC isn’t sitting idle on those three events. WEC general manager Reed Harris told MMAWeekly.com on Friday that they are already looking ahead to another event, likely to fall either the week before or the week after the UFC’s Feb. 5 event on Super Bowl weekend.
“We’re really looking to do an East Coast show (around that time),” said Harris. “We’re looking at a few different options right now as far as venues and locations, but we’re looking at somewhere on the East Coast.”
It’s early on in the process, so it’s still possible that the promotion’s first event of 2011 doesn’t land on the East Coast, but that’s definitely the direction that Harris wants to explore as they continue extending the promotion’s presence across North America.
WEC 51 features a featherweight title bout between current champion Jose Aldo and challenger Manny Gamburyan, WEC 52 will see former featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber make his bantamweight debut against Takeya Mizugaki, and WEC 53 is likely to feature Ben Henderson defending his belt. There has been no word yet on who may be on tap for WEC 54.