I'm hoping you're right, I'm just going off what I've read so far. I thought the VS contract was exclusive to the WEC brand - I'm not sure how the merger will affect that, and I'm pretty sure I remember reading that DW wasn't real thrilled with VS.
Either way, 155 just got a whole lot deeper, and having 2 more belts / 6 title defense added to the existing PPVs each year is awesome.
"The downside for fight fans, at least in the short term, will be a reduction of free fights on television. In 2010, the UFC had two fights on Versus, which will expand to four under a new deal announced Thursday by UFC president Dana White. But the WEC has already had five fights on Versus and still will air cards on the cable network on Nov. 11 from Las Vegas and Dec. 16 from Glendale, Ariz. As a result, that was nine shows, which will be cut to four under the new deal. Unless the UFC adds an additional television deal, those five shows won’t be replaced on free television, though White did not seem to mind.
“I’m not looking at this thing as a negative like, ‘Oh, we lost a couple of fights on Versus,’ ” White said. “It’s a positive. We’ve got the UFC on Versus. The last one we did pulled killer numbers. Now that we’ve added these other two weight classes to the UFC, everything is positive. I’m not looking at it like, ‘Oh, we lost two fights. We have to pick them up somewhere else.’ ”