The last weigh-in of World Extreme Cagefighting‘s near-decade long journey as a Mixed Martial Arts promotion has come and gone with all of the event’s participants hitting the mark meaning the organization’s final bow will go on tomorrow night as originally scheduled.
The appropriately stacked line-up is highlighted by a pair of title fights with one of the eventual winners emerging the first bantamweight champion in UFC history and the other getting an opportunity to prove himself against whoever walks away with the belt after current UFC lightweight champ Frank Edgar defends his title against Gray Maynard at UFC 125 on January 1.
In co-headlining bouts, and more specific terms, 155-pound champion Ben Henderson puts his strap on the line against 11-1 contender Anthony Pettis, while bantamweight king Dominick Cruz attempts to fend off energetic grappler Scott Jorgensen.
Also on the card, rivals Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone square off in separate match-ups with Varner taking on three-time All-American wrestler Shane Roller and “Cowboy” involved in what will likely be a stand-up war against Chris Horodecki.
Additionally, Bart Palaszewski faces a stiff test at the event in his bid for five straight wins with fearless Iranian mat-technician Kamal Shalorus standing opposite from him in the cage on Thursday night.
Here is a rundown of WEC 53 weigh-in results:
Renan do Nascimento Mota Pegado (136 lbs) vs. Chris Cariaso (136 lbs)
Ricardo Lamas (156 lbs) vs. Yuri Alcantara (154 lbs)
Danny Castillo (155.5 lbs) vs. Will Kerr (155 lbs)
Eddie Wineland (136 lbs) vs. Ken Stone (135 lbs)
Brad Pickett (136 lbs) vs. Ivan Menjivar (135 lbs)
Jamie Varner (156 lbs) vs. Shane Roller (155 lbs)
Tie Quan Zhang (155.5 lbs) vs. Daniel Downes (154.5 lbs)
Bart Palaszewski (156 lbs) vs. Kamal Shalorus (156 lbs)
Donald Cerrone (155 lbs)vs. Chris Horodecki (155 lbs)
Dominick Cruz (134.5 lbs) vs. Scott Jorgensen (135 lbs)
Benson Henderson (155 lbs) vs. Anthony Pettis (154.5 lbs)