It definitely looks that way. In addition to the departure of the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions, and the reported addition of a flyweight division, it appears the WEC may also be dissolving the 170lbs weight class.
Earlier today, Sam Caplan reported that the WEC Middleweight Champion Carlos Condit’s upcoming WEC 39 title defense against Brock Larson had been canceled due to an injury Larson had sustained. But, instead of finding a replacement for Condit, he will be moving over to the UFC, possibly debuting against Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18.
While Condit’s move doesn’t exactly prove they’re dissolving the welterweight division—perhaps they feel its time for Condit to take a step up—it certainly seems like a strong sign of what’s to come. Plus, there’s a conflicting report that claims Larson was never even injured and is headed to the UFC as well.
Larson is also expected to make the move to the UFC. Despite reports that the Minnesota fighter was injured, causing the fight cancellation, MMAWeekly.com learned that the fight was simply cancelled and neither fighter had any kind of injury to force the situation.
Several managers were contacted about the possible dissolution of the WEC’s welterweight division, but there had been no official word from the promotion at the time of publication about the move. It is still unclear if the entire division will be dissolved, but moving the promotion’s champion over to the UFC would seem to be a strong indicator of such.
Regardless of whether the WEC will be 170lbs lighter in the near future, I’m definitely happy to see Condit get his shot on the big stage. Much like Jake Shields, I’d like to see how he stacks up against the world’s best welterweights instead of just being the big fish in the small pond.