WEC 43 Line-Up Fails To Showcase Best Talent

Zuffa owned WEC has a great roster of talent in their Featherweight (145 lb.) and Bantamweight (135 lb.) divisions.  In fact the WEC Featherweight division may be the most exciting division in all MMA.  However, the promotions televised lineup for WEC 43 shows a problem.  Barring a change the best talent of the card is left to the unaired preliminary card.

The problem with WEC 43 is not a weak card, but horrible decision making.  I believe this is a sign of bad things for the promotion.  Either fix it or lose viewers.  I am dead serious.  Let me prove my point.  Here is the current line-up…

Main Card (Televised)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson (for WEC interim lightweight title)
  • Dave Jansen vs. Richard Crunkilton Jr.
  • Damacio Page and Akitoshi Tamura
  • Alex Karalexis vs. Anthony Pettis

Preliminary Card

  • Rafael Assuncao vs. Yves Jabouin
  • Scott Jorgensen vs. Rafael Rebello
  • Wagnney Fabiano vs. Erik Koch
  • Manny Tapia vs. Eddie Wineland
  • Muhsin Corbbrey vs. Anthony Njokuani
  • Charlie Valencia vs. Coty Wheeler
  • Mark Hominick vs. Deividas Taurosevicius

My argument is that there are two fights on the main card who should be on the undercard without question.  There is no excuse for Rafael Assuncao or Wagnney Fabiano to be on the undercard at this point in their careers.  Both are consensus top ten feathweights and either one could be next in line for a title shot.  WEC needs to showcase their contenders.  More than that I believe an argument could be made to televise the Mark Hominick vs. Deividas Taurosevicius fight.  Both those guys could be contenders.  Both are top 25 type fighters in the world.  Also I believe that Manny Tapia’s fight is more deserving than Karalexis vs. Pettit or Crunkilton vs. Jansen.  Afterall Tapia was the former number one bantamweight contender and Wineland is a former champion.

In other words if I was establishing this card it would look like this:

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson
  • Wagnney Fabiano vs. Erik Koch
  • Rafael Assuncao vs. Yves Jabouin
  • Damacio Page vs. Akitoshi Tamura

Preliminary Card:

  • Manny Tapia vs. Eddie Wineland
  • Mark Hominick vs. Deividas Taurosevicius
  • Alex Karalexis vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Richard Crunnkilton vs. Dave Jansen
  • Muhsin Corbbrey vs. Anthony Njokuani
  • Charlie Valencia vs. Coty Wheeler
  • Scott Jorgensen vs. Rafael Rebello
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