"From the beginning it (a reality show) was something always in our plans. Versus, we're in discussions with Versus. We're looking right now at trying to figure out what we're going to do exactly. We've got a lot of ideas. We want to find ways similar to the UFC to showcase our fighters on a more consistent basis. I don't know if we'll do exactly what the UFC did with The Ultimate Fighter, but we do have plans for a reality show of some nature, possibly soon and launching in 2009."
-WEC Vice President Peter Dropick on replicating the success of The Ultimate Fighter - which gave its parent company Zuffa unprecedented success. Is the promotion trying to offset the upcoming elimination of its light heavyweight and middleweight divisions in 2009? With WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho, WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Steve Cantwell, Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann and several others being folded into the UFC talent pool, the WEC is going to have to do something special - and in a hurry - to make up for the superstar exodus.
(Thanks as always to Tracy Lee of CombatLifestyle.com for the pics. See more right here.)