I was able to interview WEC vice president of operations and production Peter Dropick for my latest CBSSports.com column.
As someone who is a big fan of what the WEC is doing, it was great to be able to speak with Dropick and get some insight into what the promotion’s plans are for 2008.
I was also able to ask him about a rumor that the WEC’s card in March could be held in Urijah Faber’s hometown of Sacramento with a possible title featherweight title defense from Faber against Jens Pulver.
While Dropick was clear to state that nothing in that regard is official, he was candid in revealing that the WEC is currently working on that scenario. And it’s a scenario that could even involve pay-per-view:
Q: There’s been a rumor that the WEC show scheduled for March could be held in Sacramento in Urijah Faber’s hometown. Is there any truth to that?
A: It’s a possibility. We’re still looking at dates and venues and our availability for TV, if it’s Versus or possibly … we are looking at a pay-per-view opportunity as well. I hope to have that wrapped up within a week, hopefully. That’s obviously a fight (Faber vs. Jens Pulver for the WEC featherweight title) that makes sense, and I think everyone wants that fight.
I was also surprised to learn that right now the WEC is planning just six live shows in 2008. However, Dropick did leave the door open for more shows to be added to the schedule:
Q: How many shows does the WEC plan to run in 2008?
A: It’s going to be a minimum of six fights. That’s what I have scheduled now and I could potentially add a few more to that. In addition to that we have the WrekCage taped program on Versus. That program will be a combination of fights that didn’t make our live broadcasts along with some of our best fights that have aired already. So we have eight WrekCage programs in 2008. That’s six live and eight WrekCage.
Click here to read my interview with Dropick in its entirety.