LAS VEGAS - Finally, what the fight fans have been demanding is going to happen. The World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC™) Lightweight Title is on the line when current champion “Razor” Rob McCullough defends his title against hard-hitting Rich “Cleat” Crunkilton.
“I’m pleased to announce to fans all around the world that WEC Champion Rob McCullough, one of the strongest and most experienced lightweight fighters in the world, and number one contender Rich Crunkilton, one of the most athletic and well-rounded fighters in the WEC, will be the main event for the WEC May 12 card,” said Scott Adams, WEC Co-General Manager.
McCullough (14-3-0), fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif., is considered one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA. His vicious attacks have catapulted him to the top of the food chain, with punishing knockouts an indelible trademark finish. His last outing was an impressive win over Kit Cope via elbows to the body. Cope was unable to take the punishment, tapping out at 2:53 of the first round. McCullough is looking to show the world why he is the world’s top 155-pounder when he takes on Crunkilton.
“Rich is no match for me,” said a confident McCullough. “I’m looking to end the fight quick, and that means a KO. Nobody’s going to take my belt”
Here are results from the IFL weigh-ins that took place yesterday.
Clint Coronel (155) vs. Connor Huen (155)
Zack George (155) vs. Danny Suarez (155)
Condors (So. Calif.) vs. Sabres (Tokyo)
Adam Lynn (158 lbs) vs. Savant Young (155.5 lbs)
Rodrigo Ruas (170.5) vs. Antonio McKee (170)
Jeremy Williams (185) vs. Kazuhiro Hamanaka (184)
Justin Levens (197) vs. Vladmir Matyushenko (204.5)
Antoine Jaoude (235.5) vs. Wayne Cole (221)
Razorclaws (San Jose) vs. Anacondas (Los Angeles)
Brian Ebersole (202 lbs) vs. Alex Schoenauer (204.5 lbs)
Brian Foster (184) vs. Benji Radach (185)
Josh Odom (155) vs. Chris Horodecki (154)
Donnie Liles (170) vs. Jay Hieron (170.5)
Dan Christison (263) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (232)
Here is a preview John and I put together for UFC 67: All or Nothing.
Main Card Bouts:
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Eddie Sanchez
Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter
Quinton Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman
Roger Huerta vs. John Halverson
Scott Smith vs. Patrick Cote
Ryoto Machida vs. Sam Hoger
Tyson Griffin vs. Frank Edgar
Jorge Rivera vs. Terry Martin
Dustin Hazelett vs. Diego Saraiva
Also be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.
A lot of interesting news and notes were brought to light after last night’s event were over…
- The Wrestling Observer reported last night in it’s live play-by-play of the fight that Diego Sanchez would tentatively be facing Josh Koscheck at the UFC’s event in April. (UFC 69 which will take place in Houston, Texas) MMA Weekly now has the fight listed as a rumor as well. It makes me wonder if something was said or at least shown on the video screen during the preliminary fights seeing how Wrestling Observer just plopped that note in there out of nowhere.
- Sean Salmon was rushed to the hospital last night right after the event was over. Those at the event said that he was motionless on the mat for upwards of seven minutes. He received a CAT scan that came up negative at the hospital and was released in the wee hours of the morning. He is doing fine and is now vacationing with his family.
- UFC President Dana White announced at the post-fight press conference that Hermes Franca would be getting a shot at Sean Sherk’s UFC Lightweight belt at some point during the summer when Sherk is able to fight again. Sherk is currently recovering from shoulder surgery that will keep him out of action for at least another month or two.
- The most interesting thing to come out of last night’s press conference was an exchange between Dana White and Rashad Evans that was reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Perhaps the most interesting exchange took place after the show at the press conference. When a reporter asked about a prospective match with Evans vs. Keith Jardine, who made a name for himself by knocking out Forrest Griffin on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, UFC President Dana White said that sounded like a great idea. Evans shot back that he trains regularly with Jardine in Albuquerque, and he would never fight him. White said that if he made the match, he’d fight him. Evans shot back that he would not, and the awkward exchange ended at that point.
Other fighters have put friendships aside to move up the rankings in the past… Will see it happen between these two in the near future?