WEC General Manager, Reed Harris overjoyed to be merging with the UFC

WEC General Manager, Reed Harris states his thoughts on the news that the promotion will be merging with its bigger brother, the UFC early next year and also what the merge means for both companies.

Harris, speaking via MMAJunkie.com, said:

“When I started the WEC, we thought we’d maybe do one show. To be sitting here today and have something that I was involved in become part of the biggest sports company in the world is very satisfying. It’s kind of like when your kids go to college. At first, you’re concerned, but then after they leave, it’s pretty great.”

“This is something we’ve been planning for a while. They way we talked about it when we did the planning was that our fights were so good and so dynamic that these guys had to get on the big stage and open this up to all the MMA fans in the world. There’s no bigger stage than the UFC. Everybody is really, really excited about it. I think the fighters are going to be as excited as we are, and it’s just going to be great for everyone involved.”

“All along, our goal was to really build and have people identify with the lighter-weight fighters. We worked really hard on that, and like (UFC president) Dana White said, it’s just time (to merge) with the expansion of the UFC and expanding into international markets. We knew that we would need to grow the UFC brand, as well. What better way than to add these two weight divisions, and as Dana said possibly even another weight division (flyweights) at some point.”

“The WEC was literally so successful that there was no other option but to move it into the UFC and expand this huge sports brand that is the UFC. I’m can’t wait for UFC fans to witness the action we’ve had for years in the WEC. As anyone who has watched these lighter-weight fighters will tell you, when these guys step into the cage, they let it fly.”

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