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Difference Between UFC and WEC

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When you have a love of a sport like wrestling, football or basketball, you might get confused with the acronyms of the different sporting associations. The same thing holds true with wrestling, where two names ring familiar: UFC and WEC.

UFC stands for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which was founded in 1993. It’s a private company that deals with mixed martial arts promotion, and their headquarters are based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WEC, on the other hand, stands for World Extreme Cagefighting. It belongs to the MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts promotion category, which is a ‘sister company’ of the UFC. Both the UFC and WEC are owned and produced by Zuffa. When compared to the UFC, the WEC is a younger company, which actually employs the same set of rules as its sibling company.

One of the distinct differences between the two is that WEC holds its matches in a smaller octagonal cage, compared to the original ‘Octagon’ used in UFC fights. There are several weight divisions under the UFC which include lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. For the WEC, the divisions include lightweight, featherweight, bantamweight and flyweight.

Since both UFC and WEC are under the ownership of Zuffa, there are usually speculations where the two will be unified. However, there are many differences between the two, so unification seems to be a far-off notion. This is especially true since WEC focuses more on lightweight classes, while UFC has all the weight divisions.


1. UFC is a bigger and older organization, while WEC is a smaller and younger organization.

2. UFC focuses on mixed martial arts, which are played in the octagon cage, while WEC is also centered on mixed martial arts, but is played in a smaller octagonal cage.

3. UFC has all the weight divisions in its fighting categories, while WEC focuses more on the lighter weight divisions.

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