Long before Anthony Pettis took the UFC Lightweight Championship from Benson Henderson, he nabbed the exact same title from “Hendo” while they fought under the World Extreme Cagefighting banner. Beginning March 19th, fans who missed their 2010 exchange will get a second chance when “Best of WEC” premiers on Fox Sports 1.
The six-part series will air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and plans to highlight the most memorable moments in the organization’s nine-year history. In 2006, Zuffa purchased WEC and all of its rights, including their film library. Ironically, UFC Fight Pass, which was meant to stream these films, only has a handful of WEC fights available.
Their last show was on Dec. 16, 2010 where Pettis beat Henderson for the lightweight title. A slew of MMA veterans soon joined the UFC, including Nick Diaz, Renan Barao, Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber, and Jose Aldo. Faber was by far the biggest WEC draw, headlining separate events that hooked over one million viewers each.
Below is the tentative broadcast schedule for “Best of WEC,” courtesy of MMAJunkie.
“Best of WEC” 101: Some of the biggest names in MMA showcase their skills inside the WEC octagon in this all-star edition.
“Best of WEC” 102: From one-punch knockouts to skillful submissions, witness some of the most memorable finishes in WEC history.
“Best of WEC” 103: Watch three classic bantamweight and featherweight fights from the WEC that prove that bigger isn’t always badder.
“Best of WEC” 104: WEC’s lighter-weight fighters were known for their nonstop cardio and action that looked like it was unfolding in fast-forward. See three of these memorable brawls.
“Best of WEC” 105: See great fights from the members of Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male: Faber, Mendez, Benavidez and Danny Castillo.
“Best of WEC” 106: Journey back to WEC 53 for two memorable lightweight fights: Henderson vs. Pettis and Cerrone vs. Chris Horodecki.