"Come January, we're going to find out how WEC guys stack up against the UFC guys and my prediction is we're going to do very well. There's a chip on our shoulders. There always has been us WEC guys not getting the notoriety and same respect as the UFC guys. Not from our peers, not from other fighters, but from fans and media. They saw a difference between WEC guys and UFC guys. Now we'll show it. You better believe every WEC guy who steps in the cage against a UFC guy, they're going to fight their butt off. I am definitely looking forward to the pay increase. I'm going to move out of my apartment, buy a house and make sure I save enough to pay my taxes. It's cool. It's not the only factor, but it's a big factor for us WEC guys."
Current WEC lightweight champion Ben "Smooth" Henderson looks forward to swimming with the sharks in the UFC's 155-pound division. If he can manage to get past Anthony "Showtime" Pettis at the smaller promotions final event, WEC 53: "Henderson vs Pettis," his first official fight in the UFC will be for the lightweight championship against the winner of Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard. The "Smooth" one has won 11 straight fights and 12 of 13 overall, yet many feel he may not be good enough to compete with the better lightweights in the UFC. Do you think he'll prove the pundits wrong? Or will "Showtime" steal his thunder and take his spot?