Alex Karalexis

Quick Hits: Injuries, Lil Nog to UFC & More


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- The Ultimate Fighter 1 veteran Alex Karalexis has suffered an injury that will prevent him from fighting Anthony Pettis at the upcoming WEC: Cerrone vs. Henderson bout in Youngstown, Ohio. [WEC]

- Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos was forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with former U.S. Special Forces operative Tim Kennedy after he suffered a knee injury while training for the September 25 bout. [The Fight Network]

- UFC Fight Night 19 took a hit today when lightweight Kyle Bradley was forced to withdraw from his bout with Sam Stout after suffering an injury during training. No replacement for Stout has been announced. [MMA Junkie]

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WEC 37 Fight Card Is Finalized

Barring any last minute injuries or weight issues, the fight card is set for December 3rd’s WEC 37 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The card will feature MMAonTap’s #1 ranked bantamweight, WEC Champion Miguel Torres, taking on undefeated challenger Manny Tapia.  This fight has been a long time coming as Tapia has made it no secret that he’s wanted the challenge of taking on Torres.  Unfortunately, injuries have slowed Tapia in the past.

Main Card Live on Versus:
Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia for WEC Bantamweight Championship
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Akitoshi Tamura
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez
Justin Haskins vs. Johny Hendricks

Undercard:
Ricardo Barros vs. Mark Munoz
Blas Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian
Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province
Alex Karalexis vs. Bart Palaszewski
Cub Swanson vs. Hirouki Takaya
Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik

 

Roller to Replace Karalexis Against Moore


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Team Takedown lightweight Shane Roller will reportedly replace Alex Karalexis against Todd Moore at World Extreme Cagefighting’s next scheduled event on August 3rd at the at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The news comes from Five Ounces of Pain, which has confirmed the change with Moore’s agent, Ken Pavia.

According to the report, Roller was asked by the promotion to be prepared to fight in either August or September in case of an injury to one of the 155 lb. fighters on the card, even though Roller’s original debut date was slated for December. We reported earlier today that two of his Team Takedown training partners, Jake Rosholt and Johny Hendricks, have each signed a multi-fight deal with the WEC and will make their respective debuts at the organization’s planned September 10th event in Florida.

Karalexis was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a cracked rib in training. He attempted to have the injury cleared by doctors but was unable to have his wish granted, leaving WEC officials in search for a replacement. Moore will be looking for his first WEC win in the fight after dropping a hard-fought unanimous decision to veteran John Alessio in December.

Karalexis Talks Ratcliff; Previews WEC 31

Alex Karalexis discusses his fight against fellow lightweight Ed Ratcliff tomorrow night and previews the stacked card that the WEC has put together for it’s final event of the year, including predictions for the three title fights with Attention Deficit Dave in conjunction with RawVegas.

Report: McCullough to Defend Against Varner

MMA Weekly is reporting that WEC Lightweight Champion Rob McCullough will defend his belt against Jamie Varner in February.

McCullough believes that Varner is a younger version of Richard Crunkilton, whom McCullough successfully defended his title against in September:

“I think he’s a younger version of Rich (Crunkilton),” McCullough continued. “I don’t think his submission game is anywhere near Rich’s, but he’s definitely got a quick shot, and he changes levels fast. I think his gas tank is going to be questionable.”

McCullough was originally slated to face TUF alumnus Alex Karalexis but the WEC decided to match Karalexis up against Ed Ratcliff for the promotion’s December event.

Report: Ratcliff Challenges Karalexis at WEC 31

The Fight Network has learned that TUF alumnus Alex Karalexis will attempt to stay unbeaten in the WEC when he takes on fellow lightweight Ed Ratcliff at WEC 31: Faber vs Curran on December 12th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Karalexis was a participant in the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. Following the show, he racked up a UFC record of 1-2 before eventually jumping ship to the WEC where he was won three straight fights over Thomas Denny, Olaf Alfonso, and Josh Smith.

Ratcliff is undefeated so far in his MMA career, winning his first five fights. Ratcliff made his WEC debut at WEC 27 in May where he defeated Johnny Sampaio after Sampaio was unable to continue due to a knee injury.

WEC Card Coming Together

The first WEC card under Zuffa ownership is quickly coming together with just 15 days to go until the event.  One of the main events has been dropped, that being Jorge Oliviera vs Doug Marshall.  The card including heavily rumored fights looks like this:

WEC Lightweight Title: Rob McCullough vs. Kit Cope
WEC Featherweight Title: Urijah Faber vs. Joe Pearson
Alex Karalexis vs. Olaf Alfonso
Carlos Condit vs. Alex Serduykov
Josh Smith vs. Casey Olson
Rich Crunkilton vs. Mike Joy (Rumored)
John Alessio vs. Brian Gassaway (Rumored)
Brandon Seguin vs. Fernando Gonzalez (Rumored)

A couple of potentially great fights on there, especially the two title fights and the Condit/Serduykov match.  This is a very good offering for the re-invented WEC.  Eventually, most of these fights will likely end up on VERSUS, the network that the WEC signed on to broadcast their events.

Karalexis to Compete in Reality Fighting

TUF Veteran Alex Karalexis will be featured in the main event of Reality Fighting’s Invasion. His opponent has yet to be named…