LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The UFC has absorbed its lower-weight World Extreme Cagefighting promotion, adding two championship belts to mixed martial arts' dominant promotion.
UFC president Dana White announced the move Thursday, consolidating every fighter under his parent company's employment into a single promotion.
The UFC bought the WEC in December 2006 and ran it as a separate promotion for fighters at 155 pounds and under, with overlapping lightweight titles.
WEC 145-pound champion Jose Aldo will be recognized as the UFC featherweight champ. WEC 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz will fight Scott Jorgensen on Dec. 16 for the new UFC bantamweight title.
WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson will fight the winner of UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar's upcoming fight with Gray Maynard.