The World Extreme Cagefighting promotion put on its last event ever yesterday at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The highly entertaining event drew an attendance of 6,438 people, according to MMAJunkie.com.
The event drew almost twice the fans as WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan, with an attendance of 3,791, but did not come close to topping the promotional high pulled in by WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2, which drew 13,027 spectators.
The event marked the last under the WEC brand, as the promotion will now merge with the Ultimate Fighting Championship; both brands were contained under the Zuffa, LLC umbrella and it was decided this Fall to incorporate the WEC’s fighters and smaller weight classes into the UFC.
WEC 53 featured the crowning of the first-ever UFC bantamweight champion in Dominick Cruz, who defended his belt successfully for the second time, against tough 135’er Scott Jorgensen.
In other title fight action, the WEC lightweight belt changed hands last night as Anthony “Showtime” Pettis pulled off the kick of the year in route to defeating Ben “Smooth” Henderson by decision. Pettis will now get a shot at the winner of the upcoming Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard lightweight title fight.