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Chris Horodecki Signs WEC Deal

Former IFL standout Chris Horodecki has signed a deal to join the WEC, WEC general manager Reed Harris confirmed Thursday.

The 22-year-old Polish-born Canadian, who was the lightweight star on the Bas Rutten and Shawn Tompkins-headed Los Angeles Anacondas squad for the now-defunct IFL, will look to make an impact in the WEC's 155-pound division currently led by champions Jamie Varner and Ben Henderson and contenders Donald Cerrone and Ed Ratcliff.

Horodecki opened his professional MMA career in 2005, five days past his 18th birthday, and would win four fights for the TKO promotion in Canada before joining the IFL where he would extend his record to 11 consecutive victories.

Despite his name-making run in the IFL, he fell short in capturing the promotion's lightweight belt in an upset loss to Ryan Schultz in the finals of the IFL World Grand Prix In December 2007.

After the collapse of the IFL, Horodecki signed with Affliction but an injury prevented him from competing in January. Horodecki fought in June at the "Ultimate Chaos" and picked up his first career submission win, a rear-naked choke over King of the Cage veteran William Sriyapai.

Horodecki trains closely with former Xtreme Couture trainer Tompkins and one year ago co-founded the Adrenaline Training Center in London, Ontario with Mark Hominick and Sam Stout to carry on the Team Tompkins methods.

Horodecki is expected to make his WEC debut in December.

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