Fight Announcements: Aldo Added to WEC 39, Saunders Injured & More

Jose Aldo. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Fresh off of his first-round stoppage of Rolando Perez at WEC 38 on January 25, fast-rising featherweight contender will reportedly take on WEC newcomer Chris Mickle in a bout that will likely be added to WEC 39, which takes place on March 1 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

According to MMA Junkie, the fight will partially take the place of the canceled WEC welterweight title fight between Carlos Condit and Brock Larson, who are both now headed to the UFC due to the rumored demise of the WEC’s 170 lb. division.

Aldo has won his first three fights in the WEC and another win under his belt could vault him to the top half of the featherweight division. Mickle, who has spent the majority of his career fighting in small shows in the midwest, will come into the bout with a two-fight winning streak.


Saunders Injured; McCrory Tapped as Replacement

Undefeated welterweight prospect and American Top Team product Ben Saunders has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Ryan Madigan at UFC 96 in March after sustaining a foot injury during a recent training session.

Tamdan McCrory will reportedly take his place on the card according to MMA Weekly, which also states that the bout could now be moved to the non-televised preliminary portion of the event due to Saunders’ absence.

McCrory was last seen at UFC 91 in November, where he fell to Dustin Hazelett via first-round submission. Madigan has won all five of his professional bouts to date.

Ueda Set for Rematch Against Tazawa

Undefeated featherweight star Masakatsu Ueda will defend his Shooto featherweight title in a rematch against So Tazawa at Shooto’s next scheduled event at Korakuen Hall on March 20, the promotion announced on Monday.

Ueda and Tazawa originally met in March 2007, with Ueda defeating Tazawa via third-round submission.

After winning his Shooto belt from Koetsu Okazaki last March, Ueda fought to a draw against Marcos Galvao at Shooto’s “Tradition 3” event on September 28. Since losing to Ueda, Tazawa has gone undefeated in his last four bouts, most recently drawing against Hiromasa Ogikubo on November 29.

Roller-Henderson Signed for WEC 40

A lightweight bout between standout collegiate wrestler Shane Roller and prospect Ben Henderson has reportedly been finalized to take place at WEC 40, the organization’s first-ever trip to Chicago, Illinois on April 5, according to Five Ounces of Pain.

Roller, who currently trains with Texas-based Team Takedown, has been victorious in his first pair of bouts in the WEC, each by first-round guillotine choke. Henderson served as a last-minute replacement for Ed Ratcliff at WEC 38 last month and stole a win in his WEC debut, submitting fellow newcomer Anthony Njokuani.


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