Richard Crunkilton. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Former WEC lightweight title challenger Rich Crunkilton will reportedly return to action after an extended injury layoff to take on WEC newcomer Dave Jansen at WEC 43, which will take place on September 2 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.
The Times of Northwest Indiana confirmed the bout with WEC officials yesterday. The matchup could be featured as part of the event’s televised main card on Versus.
Richard Crunkilton. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
World Extreme Cagefighting has announced that former WEC lightweight title challenger Richard Crunkilton has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against former International Fight League standout Bart Palaszewski.
Crunkilton suffered a knee injury during a recent training session and will be unable to compete at WEC 39, which takes place this Sunday night in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mike Brown will defend his WEC featherweight title against Leonard Garcia in the main event.
Filling in for Crunkilton will be undefeated Brazilian newcomer Ricardo Lamas, who will enter into his late-notice bout with Palaszewski a winner of his first five professional fights. Lamas most recently won a unanimous decision over Christopher Martin at an Ironheart Crown event in November.
Jeff Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
The past few days following the completion of Saturday’s UFC 93 event in Ireland have brought forth a slew of potential fight announcements involving upcoming events being put on by the UFC and WEC. Let’s get right to them:
— One-time WEC featherweight title challenger and longtime veteran Jeff Curran will reportedly make his bantamweight debut against Urijah Faber-protege Joseph Benavidez at WEC 40 on April 5 according to MMA Weekly. The event, which will likely take place in Chicago, will be headlined by WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres defending his title against Brian Bowles.
— Former International Fight League standout Bart Palaszewski will reportedly take on Richard Crunkilton in a lightweight bout at WEC 39 on March 1 according to MMA Junkie, which is also stating that the winner of the bout could receive a title shot against the winner of this weekend’s upcoming lightweight title fight between current champion Jamie Varner and top contender Donald Cerrone.
Richard Crunkilton grapples with Sergio Gomez. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Undefeated lightweight prospect Danny Castillo will replace former WEC lightweight title challenger Richard Crunkilton against Duane Ludwig-trained Donald Cerrone in a preliminary bout at the organization’s upcoming show in Sacramento, California on June 1st.
The promotion confirmed the change on it’s official website earlier this morning.
Castillo has won his first five professional bouts to begin his mixed martial arts career. He most recently submitted Isaiah Hill with a rear naked choke at a Cage Combat Fighting Championships on May 17th.
LIke his counterpart, Cerrone has also yet to suffer his first career loss. His latest submission win over Kenneth Alexander last September was overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after Cerrone tested positive for a banned diuretic. This will be the first fight since his the end of his suspension.
An official reason for Crunkilton’s withdrawal currently remains unknown.
Brian Stann throws a left hand at Doug Marshall. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
So I figured I’d put down some of my thoughts/opinions regarding last night’s televised WEC 33 card on the Versus network.
First off, the WEC may just be my favorite promotion. Because they feature the lighter weight classes, there always seems to be action. While many of the guys are raw, they always seem to bring it.
Last night the WEC began using Craig Hummer for the post fight interviews. I like Frank Mir as the color analyst a lot. His knowledge really comes through in the call of the fight. Sometimes he makes the claim that a submission is “locked in” and that “its over” a bit prematurely, but I can live with that. The only weakness was his post fight interviews. By using a professional like Craig Hummer, it came across much better.
On to the broadcasted fights.
TapouT reality star and WEC lightweight Donald Cerrone has tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that usually used to assist in weight-cutting by forcing the body to retain less water. The drug is currently banned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Cerrone was found to have tested positive for the drug after test results came in from the WEC’s post-fight medical examinations. Cerrone was victorious in his WEC debut at the event, submitting Kenneth Alexander. UFC veteran Thiago Alves also tested positive for the drug at UFC 66 but his win over Tony DeSouza was not overturned since it was found that the drug did not help him in winning the fight. The chances are that the NSAC will see the same for Cerrone.
The other seven fighters tested after WEC 30: Rob McCullough, Rich Crunkilton, Chase Beebe, Rani Yahya, Bryan Baker, Jesse Forbes, and Kenneth Alexander all passed their post-fight tests.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from WEC 30:
Richard Crunkilton: Medically suspended until October 20th with no contact until October 6th.
Rani Yahya - Medically suspended until November 5th with no contact until October 20th.
Jeremiah Billington: Medically suspended until October 6th with no contact until September 27th
Jesse Forbes: Medically suspended until October 20th with no contact until October 6th.
Coty Wheeler: Medically suspended until October 20th with no contact until October 6th.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter salaries from WEC 30:
Rob McCullough: $24,000
John Alessio: $22,000
Miguel Torres: $20,000
Brian Stann: $10,000
Rich Crunkilton: $10,000
Chase Beebe: $10,000
Marcus Hicks: $8,000
Donald Cerrone: $6,000
Bryan Baker: $6,000
Blas Avena: $6,000
Rani Yahya: $6,000
Jeff Bedard: $4,000
Ian McCall: $4,000
Jesse Forbes: $4,000
Kenneth Alexander: $3,000
Marcelo Brito: $3,000
Scott McAfee: $2,000
Joe Benoit: $2,000
Coty Wheeler: $2,000
Jeremiah Billington: $2,000
Total Payroll: $154,000
Tonight we will be going live at 6:30 PM EST, covering WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:
Rob McCullough vs Richard Crunkilton
Chase Beebe vs Rani Yahya
Brian Stann vs Jeremiah Billington
Jeff Bedard vs Miguel Torres
John Alessio vs Marcelo Brito
Marcus Hicks vs Scott McAfee
Jesse Forbes vs Bryan Baker
Donald Cerrone vs Kenneth Alexander
Blas Avena vs Joe Benoit
Ian McCall vs Coty Wheeler
Here is a collection of some of the coverage the media is putting out there in preparation for WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton tomorrow night…
Sherdog: Alessio Talks WEC 30, Future Title Shot; Rani Yahya Ready for Title Shot
MMA Weekly: Brian Stann on Quest for Another WEC Win; Fight by Fight: WEC Undercard; Cowboy Cerrone Rides High into WEC Debut
The Fight Network: Friends and Foes
WEC: From 100 Bucks to a World Title, the Journey of Rob McCullough; Rich Crunkilton – A Long Time Coming; Brian Stann – All-American; A Battle-Tested Beebe Defends His Crown Wednesday
Sports Illustrated: Operation Billington
Newark Star-Ledger: Stann to show off improved skills against Billington; McCullough taking title defense personally
Bloody Elbow: WEC 30 Undercard Preview