Sunday, November 14, 2010 Webmaster Confused: Jose Aldo Current UFC Lightweight Champion? and Other UFC-WEC Merger Stuff

The UFC's recently announced merger with Zuffa sister promotion the WEC is scheduled to officially take place in 2011. The UFC's New Year's Day event, UFC 125, will serve as the unofficial welcoming event for incoming WEC fighters. The event will feature Jose Aldo as he takes on Josh Grispi in the UFC's first ever 145 lb. title fight. In the interim, the WEC's featherweight division has already been absorbed into the UFC.

The merger has sparked much speculation as to which UFC fighters might drop down to the 145 and 135 lb weight classes, and which WEC fighters might bump up. Jose Aldo, for example, has mentioned bumping up to the lightweight division for months now, long before the merger was announced. So, an eventual UFC lightweight title fight featuring Jose Aldo is almost inevitable -- so anticipated, in fact, that I think the UFC's webmaster jumped the gun on Aldo's lightweight debut.

From already lists Aldo on their lightweight roster, identifying him as the current UFC 155 lb. titleholder. However, the site also lists the true current UFC lightweight champ Frank Edgar as the titleholder as well. Confused? So am I.

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Note: Jose Aldo is the current UFC featherweight titleholder. The WEC featherweight title has already been absorbed into the UFC. He will defend the UFC featherweight title at UFC 125 in which he will square off against Josh Grispi. Current WEC bantamweight champion Dominic Cruz will take on Scott Jorgenson at WEC 53 on December 16 to determine the incoming UFC bantamweight champion. Also at WEC 53, current WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson will meet Anthony Pettis to set up a potential WEC-UFC lightweight unification bout. The winner of the Henderson-Pettis fight will face the winner between Frank Edgar vs. Gray Maynard which is scheduled UFC 125 on January 1, 2011.

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