'Bully' beatdown? Gray Maynard ready to welcome the competition in WEC merger

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UFC lightweight number one contender Gray Maynard doesn't seem too worried about the WEC lightweights making the move over to the UFC.

In fact, "The Bully" told Fighters Only he's looking forward to the influx.

"It just solidifies 155 as the best in the world especially in the UFC. Now its even better. I welcome more competition!"

Dana White announced yesterday (Oct. 28) that the WEC will merge into the UFC by January 2011. With the merger, the winner Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis at WEC 53 will face the winner of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard at UFC 125 to unify the WEC and UFC lightweight titles.

The merger will also bring the WEC's featherweight and bantamweight divisions to the UFC. Jose Aldo has officially been named the UFC featherweight champion and will defend his title at UFC 125. While Aldo's opponent has not been named, a title defense against Mark Hominick was hinted at.

WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will defend his title on Dec. 16 against Scott Jorgensen. The winner will be recognized as the UFC bantamweight champion.

But for how long? And can the WEC lightweights survive in the UFC's stacked 155-pound division?

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