Rob McCullough. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Former WEC lightweight champion Rob McCullough will return to action against Kenneth Alexander when World Extreme Cagefighting travels to Sacramento, California for their next event on June 1st.
The news comes from MMA Weekly, which has confirmed the bout with sources close to McCullough’s camp.
McCullough’s reign as lightweight champion came to an abrupt end this past February when he was stopped by Jamie Varner. McCullough, a member of Team Punishment, originally won the vacant title over Kit Cope last January and then successfully defended it against Richard Crunkilton in September.
Alexander returned to active competion last year after a five-year hiatus from the sport. He quickly racked up two wins in smaller shows before making his WEC debut last September when he was submitted by Donald Cerrone. The loss has since been changed to a no-contest after Cerrone tested positive for a banned substance.
McCullough and Alexander have fought before. Back in March 2002, Alexander won a unanimous decision over McCullough at a Hitman Fighting Productions event. The fight was the third career bout for both fighters.
The event in June will also feature a highly-anticipated featherweight title clash between current champion Urijah Faber and former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has overturned Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s Sept. 5 victory over Kenneth Alexander after Cerrone tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide.
Cerrone (7-0 1 NC) submitted Kenneth Alexander (5-3) with a triangle choke early in the first round of their lightweight bout at WEC 30. Following the fight, Cerrone failed his post-fight drug test after Hydrochlorothiazide was found in his system.
From Wikipedia: Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to the thiazide class of diuretics, acting on the kidneys to reduce sodium (Na) reabsorption in the distal convoluted tubule. This reduces the osmotic pressure in the kidneys, causing less water to be reabsorbed by the collecting ducts. This leads to increased urinary output.
UFC veteran Thiago Alves also tested positive for a diuretic following his victory over Tony DeSouza at UFC 66. The NSAC decided not to overturn the decision the result of Alves-DeSouza as they felt the drug played no part in Alves victory.
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 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