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Maggie Hendricks

Mergers and acquisitions: WEC/UFC possible fights at light heavyweight


Yesterday, we talked about the World Extreme Cagefighting middleweights that are entering the UFC. Today, we move onto the jumbo shrimp of MMA - the light heavyweights.

Fight fans will not have to wait long for a light heavyweight match-up between two WEC athletes. Brian Stann and Steve Cantwell will face each other at UFC Fight Night for the Troops. Beyond that fight, there are a few -- very few -- interesting match-ups when the two groups merge. The WEC has a small roster of light heavyweights, so the UFC won't bulk up too much by adding in WEC fighters.

Mark Munoz vs. Houston Alexander: Munoz is inexperienced, having fought only four times, once in the WEC. However, he was an NCAA Champion wrestler at Oklahoma State, and has been training with Urijah Faber's camp. He finished his first WEC fight in the first round. Alexander -- if he is not released after losing three fights in a row -- needs to get back on track, and holds the same power to finish big as Munoz. If these two met, it would be an interesting, if short, fight.

Beyond Munoz, Cantwell and Stann, the WEC doesn't bring much to the table at the UFC's already stacked light heavyweight division. Brandon Vera has fought in the WEC, but he has been with the UFC long enough that I don't think anyone would consider him a WEC fighter.

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