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WEC Confirms Extension With Versus

The WEC has finalized a long-term deal to keep the Zuffa-owned mixed martial arts organization on the Versus network, a WEC official confirmed to FanHouse.

The official could not divulge any particulars of the contract, saying that a joint announcement with Versus would be made in the weeks to come.


The consummation of the deal had been a long time in coming. Its possibility was first reported back in March, when Sports Business Journal reported that the two sides were close to hammering out a multi-year deal. Just last month, UFC President Dana White told fans at a Q&A session that he'd signed a contract, but at the time, WEC officials were not able to confirm the deal was official.

The signing ensures the continued relationship between the WEC and Versus, which has broadcast WEC events since 2007.

During their run on Versus, the WEC -- boasting such fighters as Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver, Miguel Torres and Jose Aldo -- has been responsible for some of the cable channel's most highly rated events, and has been credited with helping to lower the channel's demographic. Versus is available to approximately 64 million homes.

The WEC features bouts in the lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight divisions. A flyweight division was expected to be added in 2009, but has yet to launch.