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.
Crunkilton is best known for a failed WEC lightweight title bid against former champion Rob McCullough at WEC 30 in September 2007, where McCullough stopped Crunkilton in the first round with strikes. Crunkilton bounced back to earn a unanimous decision over Sergio Gomez in his most recent fight at WEC 33 in March of last year.
Jansen, who currently trains out of Team Quest’s Gresham, Oregon gym, has amassed an impressive twelve-fight win streak to begin his professional career, fighting mostly in the Sportfight and M-1 promotions. His last bout saw Jansen submit Amirkhan Mazihov in the first round at M-1 Challenge 17 on July 4.
WEC 43 features an interim lightweight title bout between top contenders Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson. Additional rumored bouts for WEC 43 include Manny Tapia vs. Eddie Wineland, Wagnney Fabiano vs. Erik Koch, and Alex Karalexis vs. Anthony Pettis.
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