World Extreme Cagefighting, now under the ownership of Zuffa LLC alongside the Ultimate Fighting Championship, officially unveiled their new look earlier this week and confirmed reports that the newly revamped promotion will premier in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I am pleased to announce that the WEC will present its first-ever Las Vegas fight card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,” said Peter Dropick, WEC Vice President of Event Operations & Production in a statement released by the promotion. “We are looking forward to this first fight with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and many more down the line. We plan to expand the WEC throughout 2007 and bring it to a whole new level – for WEC fans and fighters – and compete with all the top organizations in the sport.”
In addition to announcing their move to Las Vegas, the WEC also made official three title fights for their January 20th card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “Razor” Rob McCullough faces Kit Cope for the vacant lightweight title, Jorge Olivera vies for the vacant light heavyweight belt against Doug “The Rhino” Marshall, and Urijah Faber will defends his featherweight crown against Joe Pearson.
Other bouts announced for January 20th include Alex Karalexis vs. Olaf Alfonso, Carlos Condit vs. Alex Serduykov, and Josh Smith vs. Casey Olson.
As witnessed by the featherweight title defense, the WEC will continue to feature many of the lighter weight fighters that don’t have many options in the United States. In addition to the 145-pound featherweight division, the WEC will also feature bouts in the little-used 135-pound bantamweight division.