The announcement of the UFC-WEC merger was expected to go into full effect with the start of 2011 and the recent confirmation that now UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo would be defending his belt against Josh Grispi in the co-main event of UFC 125.
Signs are now starting to point to the possibility that a few featherweights and bantamweights could pop up on the remaining UFC cards before the close of 2010. MMAWeekly.com broke the news on Saturday that 145lb fighters Leonard Garcia and Tyler Toner had agreed to meet at the “Ultimate Fighter” 12 finale show on Dec 4.
WEC General Manager Reed Harris now says that there have definitely been talks about having some of the best at 145lbs and 135lbs fill in some slots for the remaining UFC cards, if the spots are available.
“Listen, there’s a lot of things being discussed right now, and that is a possibility,” Harris commented on Monday about WEC fighters appearing on UFC cards in 2010.
“I don’t know if they’ve actually formalized anything, but we did have that discussion about a week ago, and that was the first time we had talked about it.”
Current rumors place the “Ultimate Fighter” season 12 finale show short of the normal 11 fights, however fighters that didn’t make the finals could pair off for some of those remaining bouts.
Harris would be happy if the UFC came calling and needed some featherweights or bantamweights to step up and fight in December.
“If there’s room, I’d love to see my guys on a UFC/Spike show,” Harris said.
No other fights have been rumored for either December card, but nothing has been formally announced from the UFC regarding additional match-ups so something could be added if more bouts are needed.