According to a recent column by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting could be getting rid of its heavier weight classes in the very near future. UFC President Dana White gave hints at dropping the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions in a recent interview with Iole.
Unfortunately, both of these divisions are fairly sparse and only a few fighters in the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions are actually signed to exclusive deals.
However, WEC stand-outs Paulo Filho, Brian Stann, and Doug “The Rhino” Marshall could all be sent straight into the UFC to fulfill their Zuffa contracts.
Of course Filho provides for some interesting match-ups within the UFC middleweight division, but one must wonder how high he can go considering his close friendship with division champ Anderson Silva. In the past, the two have expressed a strong disinterest in fighting each other. Now that there is a possibility of the two competing within the same division, their previous words can be tested.
Though Stann and Marshall have ruled the promotion’s light heavyweight division for some time, this change can serve as a litmus test for future WEC champions and top contenders looking to transition into the UFC.