I finally caught WEC 53 in its entirety over the weekend.
While I will never be able to live down the fact that I missed the live broadcast of the very last WEC card ever, I have to say that I was extremely pleased to see that World Extreme Cagefighting went out like a warrior. It was arguably the best fight card top to bottom in recent months. But, then again, that is what we have come to expect from the WEC who has made a name for itself showcasing fighters light on weight but heavy on heart and talent.
Despite how sad I am to see the WEC go, I have to feel that it in the long run their merger with the UFC will be beneficial for the fighters themselves. For all the action and talent that fighters in the WEC exhibit the sad fact was that they made a fraction of what their UFC counterparts made. Hell, as ESPN’s Jake Rossen points out in his blog, an April 30 WEC card had a total combined payroll of $336,500. Now, compare that to the disclosed $500,000 purse James Toney made for his non-effort against Randy Couture and you can see that, clearly, the WEC fighters deserved to be compensated more.
Yeah, it sucks that we MMA fans are losing out on the WEC fighters being given to us on free(ish) cable television. But, there is something to be said about the injection of talent into the Octagon. WEC you shall be missed and I will forever pour out a 40oz in your memory. At least you went out like the true warrior you are.