Alex Karalexis is off the card for WEC 35, scheduled for Saturday, August 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, according to a source speaking exclusively to FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
Five Ounces of Pain has learned that Karalexis has been suffering from a cracked rib and was trying to receive clearance by Zuffa’s doctors to fight as scheduled against Todd Moore. Karalexis did not get the clean bill of health that he was looking for, as lightweight prospect and recent signee Shane Roller has been tapped to fill-in for Karalexis against Moore.
When contacted by Five Ounces of Pain for comment, Ken Pavia, Moore’s agent, confirmed that Karalexis was in fact out and that Moore’s new opponent is indeed Roller.
Roller, a member of Ted Ehrhardt’s Team Takedown, recently signed a multi-fight contract with the WEC along with stablemates Jake Rosholt and Johny Hendricks. Rosholt and Hendricks will both debut for the WEC on Sept. 10, with Rosholt set to face Danillo Villefort and Hendricks slated to face off with Alex Serdyukov.
Five Ounces of Pain contacted Villefort via text earlier this afternoon. Initially, he was unsure the matchup vs. Rosholt had been set but he later responded to indicate that the fight is indeed on. We have also learned from a separate source that Villefort, formerly of the IFL, has signed a five-fight contract with the WEC.
Roller’s original debut date had been tentatively scheduled for December but a source indicated that the WEC asked him to be ready for fight on the Aug. 3 and Sept. 10 card in the event of an injury.