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.
Dave Jansen. Photo courtesy of Sportfight.
DAVE JANSEN TO REPLACE UFC-BOUND BRIAN COBB IN “M-1 CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY AFFLICTION” SEASON OPENER
Amsterdam, Holland—After an exhaustive search, first-year Team USA West owners Roy Engelbrecht and Steve Bash have signed undefeated lightweight Dave Jansen to replace Brian Cobb in this Saturday’s “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener at the Emerald Queen Casino near Tacoma, Washington.
The move to sign Jansen was necessitated by the fact that Palace Fighting Championship lightweight champion Brian Cobb was plucked from USA Team West after signing a multi-fight agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“Those people who know me know I am a glass is half full kind of fight promoter,” Engelbrecht began, “So as the managing partner of the USA West Team in the 2009 ‘M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction,’ I hear about Brian Cobb signing with the UFC to fight this coming Saturday in London, it was like bad news/good news for me. The bad news is that we had lost Brian but the good news is that we were able to sign Dave Jansen as the replacement!