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— King of the Cage lightweight champion Bobby Green has been tapped to replace Lyle Beerbohm against former K-1 Hero's standout Gesias Cavalcante on the undercard of Strikeforce's "Fedor vs. Henderson" event on July 30. The reasoning behind Beerbohm's departure from the contest is currently unknown. Green enters the bout fresh off of a unanimous decision win over Dom O'Grady in April. [Strikeforce]
— Heavy hitting striker Lavar Johnson has been forced out of this weekend's Strikeforce Challengers 17 show with an undisclosed injury. Taking his place in a heavyweight bout against IFL veteran Devin Cole will reportedly be former collegiate football player Shawn Jordan, who recently posted a 1-1 mark under the Bellator banner. [MMA Junkie]
Bart Palaszewski. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
This Sunday’s WEC event lost a little bit of its luster yesterday when Rich Crunkilton was forced to withdraw from his co-main event bout against Bart Palaszewski. In place of Crunkilton will be undefeated Brazilian newcomer Ricardo Lamas, who will enter into the fight with Palaszewski a winner of his first five professional fights.
Palaszewski has taken Crunkilton’s injury pretty hard and feels that regardless of whether or not Lamas is a worthy opponent, their matchup on Sunday presents a “lose-lose situation” for the former IFL standout:
“That kind of sucks, he doesn’t have the exposure in the WEC that Rich did,” Palaszewski said on Tuesday, four hours after hearing the news. “So I don’t know if I’ll have to have another fight in the WEC before I get a shot at Jamie. It’s almost like a lose-lose situation. It’s like when I fought Ivan Menjivar. If he would have beaten me then people would have been like, ‘Oh that guy got beat by a 145 pounder. When I won the fight it was like, ‘Oh Bart beat a 45 pounder (laughs).’ So this kid is 5 and 0 and he’s a solid fighter but he doesn’t have the exposure, he doesn’t have the experience that I do. If he goes the distance it will be like, ‘Oh he went the distance with Bart for three rounds.’ But if he beats me I’m kind of screwed. So I have a lot more to lose than to gain from this fight.”
The only bad part about this whole situation for Palaszewski in my opinion is that he has a chance of getting upset by Lamas. In all likelihood, Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner are going to rematch for the lightweight title later this year, leaving Palaszewski having to fight Crunkilton for a title shot when he’s healthy again anyway.
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.
In the above video, former IFL lightweight standout Bart Palaszewski walks viewers through a day of training at Jeff Curran’s gym in Illinois and discusses his upcoming lightweight bout at WEC 39 this Sunday night in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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.
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
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
Jeff Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Following the cancellation of his scheduled main event bout at XFO 25 this past weekend, IFL veteran Bart Palaszewski has reportedly signed a multi-fight contract with World Extreme Cagefighting.
Palaszewski confirmed the six-fight deal with MMA Weekly over the weekend. He is expected to make his debut in the promotion’s lightweight division at an event later this year.
“I’m in shape and ready to fight,” Palaszewski said in the article. “If they need a 155-pounder for the Sept. 10 show, I’m down. I’m getting married in November, so nothing can happen in November. So it’d have to be in December, September or October. I’m not sure what’s going on, if they have a show planned after Sept. 10, so I’ll just take it day-by-day for now.”
Jeff (left) and Patt Curran. Photo courtesy of XFO.
Despite main eventer Bart Palaszewski being scratched from the card after opponent Eric Wisely failed pre-fight blood tests, Xtreme Fighting Organization’s latest offering went on without much of a hitch Saturday night at the Sideouts Bar And Eatery in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
XFO bantamweight champion John Hosman successfully defend his title against Shawn Tompkins-trained James Haourt in the night’s new main attraction. After controlling Haourt on the ground throughout the first three minutes or so of the fight, Hosman stunned Haourt with a trio of elbows, allowing him to sink in a fight-ending rear naked choke that ultimately put Haourt to sleep.
Pat Curran, the cousin of former WEC featherweight title challenger and XFO promoter Jeff Curran, escaped with a razor-close split decision win over Amir Khillah, a student of former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Curran nearly ended the bout with a first-round armbar, but time expired before he could force the tap. Curran spent the rest of the time fending off Khillah’s impressive wrestling, likely earning himself the win with a timely takedown at the end of round three.
Bart Palaszewski. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
International Fight League veteran Bart Palaszewski will return to action tonight as he headlines XFO’s latest offering in Island Lake and faces lightweight prospect Eric Wisely.
Along with many of other his fellow employees, Palaszewski was released from his IFL contract last month, paving the way for him to become a free agent. He has struggled as of late. A promising start in the IFL eventually led to a three-fight losing steak, which Palaszewski snapped with a win over UFC veteran Jeff Cox at Adrenaline’s inaugural show in June.
Wisely has won two out of his first three professional bouts. He most recently dispatched of Luke Gwaltney via a third-round TKO due to a cut at a recent Mainstream MMA show. Other featured bouts include Pat Curran, the cousin of former WEC featherweight title challenger Jeff Curran, going up against Matt Hughes-trained Amir Khillah as well a XFO bantamweight championship bout between Josh Hosman and James Haourt.
Terry Martin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Mike Russow was victorious over last-minute replacement opponent and fellow veteran Jason Guida Saturday night in Chicago, submitting Guida with a first-round guillotine choke at Adrenaline MMA’s inaugural show at the Sears Centre.
The two local products exchanged punches on the feet before Russow scored a takedown during the first minute of the fight. Guida surprisingly was quick to spring back up to his feet, only to be taken down by Russow once again. Another attempt to stand up came next for Guida, but his exposed neck was grabbed by Russow who locked in a tight guillotine choke that ultimately forced Guida to tap out.
Fresh off of a successful professional boxing debut, UFC veteran Terry Martin was victorious in his return to mixed martial arts, defeating longtime Japanese veteran Daiju Takase by disqualification after Takase kicked Martin in the groin three separate times during the course of their bout.
Forrest Petz shook off a damaging left hand from opponent Brian Gassaway to wrestle his way to an unanimous decision win in a fight that was much closer than the judge’s scorecards read. Other notable veterans who garnered victories at last night’s show included Bart Palaszewski, Rory Markham, Clay French, and Joe Jordan.
Complete results from the event:
Mike Russow def. Jason Guida - Submission (Guillotine)
Terry Martin def. Daiju Takase - DQ (Groin Kicks)
Forrest Petz def. Brian Gassaway - Unanimous Decision
Bart Palaszewski def. Jeff Cox - KO (Head Kick)
Rory Markham def. Jay Ellis - Submission (Triangle)
Clay French def. Jameel Massouh - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Joe Jordan def. Ryan Williams - Unanimous Decision
Joe Pearson def. John Hosman - Submission (Triangle)
Herc Hayes def. Kerry Schall - Unanimous Decision
Aaron Rosa def. Ron Fields - TKO (Strikes)
Hector Urbina def. Dave Keiczkowski - TKO (Strikes)
Mike Stumpf def. Dom O’Grady - TKO (Strikes)
Louis Taylor def. Adam Maciejewski - Unanimous Decision
Tom Belt def. Marcus Levesseur - TKO (Strikes)