A new opponent has been secured to take on former NCAA wrestling champion Jake Rosholt in his WEC debut on Nov. 5 in Hollywood, Fla. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Rosholt had been slated to face American Top Team jiu-jitsu black belt Danillo Villefort but will instead square off against 5-0 middleweight Nissen Osterneck.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the news with multiple sources, including Rosholt’s manager and Team Takedown founder, Ted Ehrhardt.
Ehrhardt also confirmed to Five Ounces of Pain that Rosholt’s appearance with the WEC on Nov. 5 will be his first and last with the promotion. According to Ehrhardt, UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva has informed Rosholt’s camp that he will be moved to the UFC’s middleweight division following his fight vs. Osterneck.
Rosholt, who was also a multi-NCAA All-American while wrestling at Oklahoma State, is 4-0 in his young martial mixed arts with all victories ending via TKO or submission.
For Osterneck, who competed on for Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights during the promotions second-ever card last December, the fight will mark his WEC debut as well. He had been scheduled to fight for the promotion previously but was scratched from the card due to injury.
WEC 36, which had been scheduled to take place in September but was postponed due to Hurricane Ike, is scheduled to be headlined Urijah Faber defending the WEC featherweight title vs. number one contender Mike Thomas Brown. Other bouts include Paulo Filho defending his WEC middleweight title vs. Chael Sonnen, Jens Pulver vs. Leonard Garcia in a highly-anticipated featherweight bout, and Donald Cerrone vs. “Razor” Rob McCullough in which the winner will be named the number one contender to the WEC lightweight title currently held by Jamie Varner.