"World Extreme Cagefighting" (www.wec.tv) is dedicated to delivering top-quality mixed martial arts action, with an eye toward delivering an unmatched product that fans simply can’t get enough of.
Founded in 2001, WEC quickly built a reputation as a quality organization, featuring hard-nosed fighters and no-nonsense matchups. Managed by Scott Adams and Reed Harris, the WEC sold out 22 of 24 cards.
A recently signed deal with VERSUS positions WEC as a major player in the MMA scene, with the cable network committed to airing three live fights and a half-dozen highlight shows, beginning this summer. These broadcasts will usher more fans into the fold than ever before, with fighters and fights that deliver a memorable bang, pitting the best against the best. WEC is poised to tap into the exploding growth of the sport by delivering the kind of fights that fans remember, and want to see again. There’s no soft touches. No filler fights. And no excuses. While the talent base in the sport continues to expand, the WEC is committed to finding tomorrow’s champions while putting today’s to the test. Because of our commitment to top-level action, you’ll see a commitment to showcasing fighters in lower weight classes like lightweight (155), featherweight (145), bantamweight (135) and more. And in the WEC, you can rest assured the deserving contenders will get their shot at a champ as soon as they’ve proven they’re worthy -- we will strive to uphold the highest ethics, integrity, and respect for the sport and in the process set the standard for others to follow. (Source: Versus)
This was the final WEC event before merging with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2011.
This event was unique in that the WEC and AMP Energy allowed fans to choose the location of the event. The fans were given 30 options and the finalists were Milwaukee, Nashville and Phoenix. During the live telecast of WEC 50, Phoenix was announced as the winner of the contest.
Maciej Jewtuszko was expected to face Ricardo Lamas at this event, but Jewtuszko had to withdraw as he suffered a broken hand during training. Jewtuszko was replaced by WEC newcomer Yuri Alcantara.
This event was named Sherdog's 2010 Event of the Year.
The event drew an average of 615,000 viewers on Versus.
UFC Lightweight title eliminator
The winner of the WEC Lightweight Championship fight between reigning champion Ben Henderson and challenger Anthony Pettis was scheduled to face the winner of the UFC 125 Frankie Edgar (C) vs. Gray Maynard title fight in order to unify the WEC and UFC lightweight championships. However, the Edgar/Maynard fight ended in a draw necessitating a UFC 136 rematch (which Edgar won). Though Anthony Pettis won the final WEC lightweight title bout, defeating Henderson via unanimous decision, he opted not to wait for the winner of Edgar/Maynard rematch and instead fought Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, losing by unanimous decision and negating his promised title shot (though he would win the UFC Lightweight Championship in his own right over Henderson in August 2013.)
UFC Bantamweight Championship
The winner of the Bantamweight Championship fight between reigning champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Scott Jorgensen determined both the final WEC Bantamweight Champion and the inaugural UFC Bantamweight Champion. This is the only UFC title fight to ever take place on another promotion's card, and the first UFC title bout to air on free television since UFC 75 in July 2007. Cruz defeated Jorgensen via unanimous decision to retain his title and become the new UFC champion.