On December 16, 2010, World Extreme Cage Fighting will have its final event. Dana White announced back in October that the WEC will merge with the UFC into one big company. This means that the featherweight and bantamweight divisions will carry over into the UFC, along with the fighters. The lightweight division is the UFC will be stacked with the addition of the WEC lightweights, and will unify the title belts following the lightweight fight on Thursday and the Frankie Edgar- Gray Maynard fight in early January. The WEC has put together a strong card for their last event, showcasing guys who have been in the promotion most of their careers.

The main event of the night will be for the WEC lightweight championship as the champion Ben Henderson will take on Anthony Pettis. Henderson has held the title for almost a year and has only defended it once. That defense came against his rival, Donald Cerrone. Henderson was able to submit Cerrone in the first round via guillotine choke. In his way of a UFC title shot is Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Pettis currently has only one loss in his WEC career and is on a three fight winning streak. His last win came against former All-American wrestler Shane Roller. Pettis was able to dominate Roller on the mat and earned a submission victory in the third round. When Henderson and Pettis face off on Thursday, the styles of both fighters will be virtually identical. Both are guys that would rather have the fight go to the ground. The stand up in this one could be a deciding factor. Whoever can open up early in the fight and utilize the other will be the winner of the fight.

In the co-main event, the WEC Bantamweight Championship is on the line as the champion, Dominick Cruz, looks to defend his belt against Scott Jorgenson. This fight will also determine who will become the UFC Bantamweight champ. Cruz defeated Brian Bowles to win the belt back in March and then successfully defended it against Joseph Benavidez at WEC 50. Jorgenson has been on a roll lately, winning in his last five bouts. In this fight, it would be better for Jorgenson to take this fight to the ground as Cruz has better hands than Jorgenson. Also, the reach advantage goes to Cruz (69 to 66). If Cruz can keep the fight standing throughout, then he can control Jorgenson and win a decision. Jorgenson is a tough fighter however, so Cruz cannot overlook this guy.

The rest of the main card shapes out to be fairly good. Donald Cerrone will take on Chris Horodecki in a lightweight fight. “The Cowboy” recently defeated his long time rival Jamie Varner in a three round war. Canadian Chris Horodecki has won two of his last three fights; his last coming against Ed Ratcliff in which Horodecki won a split decision. Horodecki will be an underdog against Cerrone, but an upset in this one isn’t likely. In another lightweight bout, Bart Palaszewski faces Kamal Shalorus. Palaszewski is a long-time MMA veteran, having competed in 48 fights in his career, and is looking to make it five wins in a row on Thursday. Shalorus is coming off a draw against Jamie Varner, but many believed Varner should have earned the victory. Palaszewski is a well-rounded veteran and can decide where this fight will go. Shalorus better be prepared for anything. In the first fight on the main card, Zhang Tie Quan will fight Danny Downes. Both guys will be making their second appearance in the WEC. Zhang won his WEC debut by submitting Pablo Garza in the first round. Downes was on the losing end as he lost to a tough Chris Horodecki via third round submission. Zhang should be too much for Downes to handle in this one.

Predictions:

WEC Lightweight Championship: Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis- Henderson will not look past Pettis and will be focused to end the WEC on a good note.

Prediction- Henderson defends his title by getting a 2nd round submission

WEC/UFC Bantamweight Championship: Dominick Cruz vs. Scott Jorgenson- Cruz keeps this fight standing and cruises to a unanimous decision victory.

Prediction- Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision

Donald Cerrone vs. Chris Horodecki- Cerrone continues to make his climb back to the top and takes care of Horodecki.

Prediction- Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision

Bart Palaszewski vs. Kamal Shalorus- The experience of having fought Jamie Varner gives Kamal confidence, but I think Bart gives him his first real loss in this one.

Prediction- Bart Palaszewski via 3rd round submission

Zhang Tie Quan vs. Danny Downes- We’ll see how much Downes has improved on the ground as he faces Zhang.

Prediction- Zhang Tie Quan via 2nd round submission

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