After watching the WEC and UFC events last week, one thing is very clear, the UFC needs the WEC. Any way you look at it, World Extreme Cagefighting put on a more exciting and energetic show.

Urijah Faber backed up the hype and entered the bantamweight division with an impressive submission victory over Takeya Mizugaki. Eric Koch provided an impressive TKO victory and Joseph Benavidez followed up his five round war with title holder Dominick Cruz only 3 short months ago, with a second round submission victory over Wagnney Fabiano.

The UFC’s televised card featured only one stoppage and four decision victories, including the main event in which alleged top contender Nate Marquardt refused to engage Yushin Okami in the third round, and consequently, lost the unanimous decision, and another shot at Anderson Silva’s belt.

UFC boss Dana White had some choice words for Marquardt and his trainer, Greg Jackson, for their strategy in the final round. The only fight worth discussing was Dennis Siver’s impressive submission victory over Andre Winner in the first round.

Are the WEC fighters better than the UFC fighters? Common sense would tell us that this could not be true. Are the WEC guys hungrier for the opportunity to perform? Absolutely!

With the UFC’s vision of promoting a show every weekend, they had to incorporate the additional weight classes. But they also needed to add the excitement and dynamics that the WEC brings to the table. When the rest of the world gets a chance to see Faber, Cruz, Benavidez and Henderson, the UFC will usher in a new era of MMA entertainment, and they need it.

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