Along with today’s announcement of the WEC-UFC merger came the first implications of what the promotional joining will mean for MMA. It was posted on the official UFC Twitter account this afternoon that the winners of the upcoming UFC and WEC lightweight championship bouts will square off to unify the two belts. Also posted to the UFC Twitter account was the news that WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo will be defending his belt on the UFC’s annual New Year’s show.
“@UFC: first fight with lighter weight divisions – 1/1 Jose Aldo will defend his title at UFC 125,” the post read.
It is expected that Aldo will defend his belt against Mark Hominick, although Josh Grispi and Chad Mendes have also been speculated as his potential opponents. It has also been pointed out that there are many UFC lightweight fighters who could likely cut to 145-pounds and that Zuffa, LLC. could choose to pit Aldo against a more well-known counterpart to his WEC peers.
Regardless of who Aldo faces, the winner of that impending bout will be the first ever holder of the UFC Featherweight Championship and will help usher in an exciting new stage in mixed martial arts’ progression. These new announcements likely foreshadow many things of the exciting things to come from this long-overdue merger.