The UFC is not the only subsidiary of Zuffa to have recently recruited several former fighters from the now-defunct International Fight League, as multiple reports indicate that light heavyweight Alex Schoenauer has been signed to the promotion as a replacement for Mark Munoz against Steve Steinbeiss at WEC 36 on Sept. 10.
He joins Bart Palaszewski, L.C. Davis, and Wagnney Fabiano as IFL refugees that have been recently added to the WEC roster.
In addition to having competed in the IFL, Schoenauer also appeared on the first-ever season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality television series in 2005. He competed for the UFC during the live season finale of TUF 1 on April 9, 2005, suffering a knockout loss at the hands of Mike Swick at just 20 seconds of round 1.
Schoenauer is 14-9, according to Sherdog’s fight finder, and last competed in April, where he recorded a split decision over Brendan Barrett during an IFL show at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. He holds notable victories in his career over Allan Goes and Travis Wiuff.
It also appears as if WEC newcomer John Franchi is off the card as well with Jonathan Brookins reportedly now slated to face Jose Aldo.
WEC 36 will emanate from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. and will feature Urijah Faber defending his WEC featherweight title against Mike Thomas Brown along with WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho defending his crown against Chael Sonnen.