WEC Lightweight Division: Jansen, Corbbrey Bolster Competition at WEC 43

Nate LawsonCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2009

The WEC looks to solidfy its strongly competitive 155-pound division with the addition of two lightweights with strong potential.

Dave Jansen and Muhsin Corbbrey signed with World Extreme Cagefighting early this week, each gaining multi-fight contracts.

While the exact number of fights Jansen has signed on for is yet to be unveiled, Corbbrey (displayed in the above image) has been given a five fight deal, with his first scheduled for Sept. 2 at WEC 43, according to Savannah Morning New's Web site.

Corbbrey, whose last bout took place in June of 2008, spent his last three fights in the now defunct Elite XC. During his tenure with the organization, Corbbrey won two of his three fights, with his most recent loss coming at the hands of Nick Diaz. Corbrrey boasts a 7-3 record.

Dave Jansen's shot with the WEC arrives after 12 impressive victories in organizations such as M-1 Mix-Fight Championship and SportFight.

Through twelve professional fights, Jansen has managed to keep a zero in the loss column, as he has gained a multi-fight deal with the WEC. Jansen's debut in World Extreme Cagefighting is set for WEC 43 in September.

WEC 43 is an opportunistic moment for the organization's highest weight division. Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone challenge one another for the interim lightweight belt, due to Jamie Varner's lingering injuries, along with several other 155-pound matchups.

The title fight, along with these two fighters being featured on the card, allows the WEC to give their lightweights the limelight when World Extreme Cagefighting travels to Youngstown, OH.

With a stacked featherweight division, along with the ever-explosive bantamweight division, this is exactly the attention the WEC lightweights have needed.

However, as much an opportunity WEC 43 is to the lightweight division, it is equally great an opportunity for the newly signed Muhsin Corbbrey and Dave Jansen.