When World Extreme Cagefighting was folded into the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the end of 2010, many of its competitors voiced the opinion that the money and exposure may be different, but that they were the top guys in the world in their weight classes. Competitively speaking, then, nothing was going to change.
But things have changed, particularly in the featherweight division. One of the reasons the talent pool in the UFC lightweight division is considered the deepest in the sport is because there was a major pay and exposure difference between the UFC’s 155-pound class and the WEC at 145. Look no farther than current UFC champion Frankie Edgar, who wrestled at 141 pounds in college, but never considered moving down to 145 as an MMA fighter.
Mike Brown was a WEC champion as a featherweight and Manny Gamburyan was a top contender, and but neither made major waves fighting in the UFC as lightweights. So the question becomes, with UFC now promoting the division, who is going toRead More »from Top contender Florian light as a feather