WFC: A decade later
This year we won’t only mark the embarking on a new path but also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the WFC. On May 20th 2006 Zlatko Mahic brought MMA to Slovenia and the region. And what a card that was! Legendary German fighter Dennis Siver was only the opening bout on the card, just only to move to the UFC the very next year where he stayed for 8 years and 20 career fights. Carmont, Cyborg, Rimbon, Cavalcante and Materla are some of the baddest men on the planet and in the history of the sport and all fought at the inaugural event in Koper, Slovenia.
In events to come legends like Alexander Shlemenko, Jose Pele Landy, Paul Daley and Bruno Carvalho graced the WFC ring. But not only that, even the ring side attracted big names in the likes of Nogueira brothers, Alistair Overeem, Sergey Kharitonov, Remy Bonyasky, Tyron Spong and Cheick Kongo to name just a few.
The MMA was born in this part of Europe and soon local fighters had the stage on which they could perform. From day one the WFC and its management has been known for their ability to discover talents that were performing on the biggest stages in the world in their later stages of careers. Dozens of fighters jumped to the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, KSW to name just the biggest players in the game. A lot of them have the WFC to thank to.
Young aspiring talents were the focal point of the events and that is the driving force of the organization. There was Bob Sapp who alongside the stacked fight card attracted 10,000 spectators in the arena in Ljubljana, but most of all it was talent that has driven us forward.
And then it came the year 2016. New story, a fresh beginning. WFC is moving to a cage and leaving the ring behind. But that is mostly it. We will continue to search for local and foreign talents and offer them a shot among the professionals. We will continue to strive for perfection and by achieving that we will offer the fans a product that will be interesting and worth watching.
On August 27 we are opening a new chapter that has been precisely planned and will be executed to the highest standards in the game. Get ready for the next decade of the WFC!