Over the last few month I have been thinking about what Zuffa should do with WEC. I think I have come up with a solution that I don't think anyone has really suggested (I hope). I would suggest that Zuffa switch the focus of the WEC from being a lower weight class organization to being a farm system for the UFC. They would bring back all the weight classes they had before and also introduce the lower classes to the UFC. It would be similar to the farm systems that most major sports currently have.
This would allow for three major things:
- It would allow the younger talent to get experience in a Zuffa owned company to see if they can make it in the UFC without having to rely on other companies to build them up and keep companies like Strikeforce from snatching up the future stars,
- It would allow for older talent that isn't quite on the UFC level to stay in the company and out of the hands of the competitors, allowing Zuffa to still cash in on their investments.
- It would make it easier to fill in holes on injury filled cards in much the same way that MLB will call a player up if needed.
There are always going to be issues that haven't been thought up, things like how contracts work in this model, but I feel that it would be the best option for the WEC. It would be a great way to keep some quality fights on Vs. for free without underpaying the fighters.
NOTE: I am just suggesting this as a plan for WEC as a view from Zuffa's best interest. I am not a 100% UFC only guy.