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Tommy Speer says he has offer from the WEC

Season six finalist from “The Ultimate Fighter” and former UFC competitor Tommy Speer has revealed to his hometown paper in Rochester, MN that he has already been extended a contract offer from Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting.

Despite being released by Zuffa from his UFC contract, it sounds as though the company is still bullish on his long-term potential.

“They’re pumped to have me back because they never wanted to lose me in the first place,” Speer is quoted as saying by the Post-Bulletin. “We haven’t talked about the money or length of contract yet, but I’ll definitely be in the WEC. They’re planning to get me on their next big event after their June event, probably in August.”

Speer was dropped from the UFC roster soon after being knocked out just 0:51 into round 1 against Anthony Johnson during UFC Fight Night 12 this past April. The loss dropped his lifetime record in the UFC to 0-2, which includes his loss to Mac Danzig during the finals of TUF 7 on December 8 of last year.

Speer didn’t like the decision at first, but has apparently come to grips with it.

“I didn’t agree with it right away; it was depressing news,” the paper quotes Speer as saying. “But now I know I lost to a great fighter, and he surprised me and everyone by how well he fought. I don’t think it’s too bad of a thing for me to be going to the WEC. There are great fighters there, too. I need to keep learning and working on my game, and the WEC is a great place to do that.

“I can’t complain about what’s happened, because have I put in as much time and effort as other people who have gotten to the UFC? No, I haven’t. But I’m going to keep working on it as much as I can.”

The WEC’s interest has been met with some initial skepticism, leading some to wonder whether Speer is truly a free agent or if the move was purely procedural. There are those that question why the UFC would release Speer if its sibling-company has an interest. It’s a valid question, but there is a degree of separation in how the two companies operate.

While UFC president Dana White has final say, WEC matchmaker Scott Adams has a great deal of input. There have been a few instances in the past where Adams and UFC V.P. of Talent Relations Joe Silva have had interest in the same fighter for their respective roster.

It should be noted though that Speer has already competed for the WEC under Zuffa ownership in May of last year. It’s possible that Speer already has an executable contract with the WEC and his return could already be a formality.

  • clint notestine says:

    Lets hope he learns so technique and become more than just a Matt Hughes clone.

  • mike wolfe says:

    I hope he does learn some technique, because he has a ton of very raw potential, and I’m glad he’ll fight in WEC. I bet he’d be willing to be a Hughes clone–dominant welterweight with multiple successful title defenses. Who else should he emulate?

  • Pete Eloranta says:

    Too late, he already is a Hughes clone. He will get beat by every rounded fighter that he faces that is better than a B level.

  • Evan says:

    I like this kid.

  • the sheik says:

    lol ya I didnt get the jab at hughes there

  • Patrick says:

    Being a Matt Hughes clone in my book is pretty damn sweet… Dominant welterweight who’s beaten some of the best guys in the world, has held the title multiple times, has coached TUF…etc etc etc.

    Why the Hughes hate? He’s a great fighter.

  • Andrej says:

    He already impressed me with his win over Sidney Silva. He is a prospect who dosen’t need to be put in the deep end just yet. I guess you could say the same with Corey Hill.

  • Evan says:

    “Why the Hughes hate? He’s a great fighter.”

    I have never understood this either.

  • This kid is a joke as matt hughes is really not that good of a trainer. He thinks he is the best, but he is not that good of a trainer…


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