In its infancy from 2001 to 2006, The World Extreme Cagefighting promotion was a great minor league development tool. They showcased budding fighters and fading veterans from all the different weight classes of mixed martial arts.
By the time it was purchased by UFC parent-company Zuffa LLC in 2006, it had become the shark-tank for the best fighters in the world at 155 pounds and under. Some of the best light fighters in the world headlined the shows and thrilled fans across the globe before the entire promotion was dissolved into the UFC in 2010.
Many of the best fighters in WEC history are now competing as top dogs in the UFC, proving the legitimacy and relevance of the promotion's many talented performers.
Who were the best fighters in that promotion's history? Considering number and relevance of fights, impact on the promotion and wins and titles, here are 25 of the best fighters in WEC history.
All records and stats for this article are from WEC fights only.