WEC fighters in the UFC: so far, so meh

Maggie Hendricks

When the WEC dissolved its middleweight, welterweight and light heavyweight divisions, the UFC picked up quite a few of the fighters. How has it gone so far? No one has taken the UFC by storm, that's for sure, but there are plenty of fighters showing promise.

Steve Cantwell – Unfortunately, the former WEC light heavyweight champ may be remembered more for the ugliness of his UFC debut than the win. He dislocated Razak Al-Hassan's elbow in his win at the Fight for the Troops, but then was humbled at UFC 97, losing to Luis Cane in a unanimous decision.

Aaron Simpson – The All-American wrestler from Arizona State (pictured) has a short but impressive fighting résumé. He's 5-0, and not one fight has gone to decision. Simpson debuted with the UFC with a first-round TKO over Tim McKenzie at Ultimate Fight Night 18. It would be nice to see Simpson get a bigger challenge in the middleweight division for his next fight.

Carlos Condit – The "Natural Born Killer" left the WEC as a the welterweight champ, and debuted with a main event at Ultimate Fight Night 18. He gave the crowd a good show, but lost in a split decision to Martin Kampmann. He is now part of the crowded low levels of the UFC's welterweight division.

Chael Sonnen – Seen as some as a potential challenger to Anderson Silva, he instead became one of many fighters who fell prey to Demian Maia's unstoppable jiu-jitsu.

Mark Munoz – The NCAA champion wrestler burst onto the WEC scene with two quick wins, and was given a huge test for his UFC debut. At UFC 96, he was knocked out by Matt Hamill's kick, and now has decided to move down to middleweight. He is rumored to be facing Nick Catone at UFC 102.