Former UFC veteran Carmelo Marrero has re-joined the Zuffa family and will receive a potential opportunity to return to the Octagon after being added to next week’s WEC 36 event.
The news is courtesy of a report by MMA Weekly.
Marrero will take on Steve Steinbeiss in a light heavyweight bout this Wednesday in Hollywood, Fla. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The Philadelphia native was added to the card after Alex Schoenauer was forced to pull out of the bout due to a torn hamstring. The fight will not only mark Marrero’s WEC debut but also his final match for the promotion, as Zuffa will be disbanding the WEC’s 185 and 205 pound divisions in 2009.
While the WEC has yet to confirm, the Wrestling Observer has reported in recent weeks that middleweight and light heavyweight bouts held on November and December will see the winners move onto the UFC with the losers having their contracts cut.
A win could ensure Marrero a return to the UFC, where he has not fought since suffering a submission loss to Wilson Gouveia at UFC 71 in May of 2007. Since not being renewed by the promotion, he is 3-0 outside of the UFC. Marrero might be best known for his upset split decision victory against Cheick Kongo at UFC 64.
WEC 36 will be televised on VERSUS and will feature Urijah Faber defending the WEC featherweight title vs. Mike Thomas Brown and Paulo Filho defending the WEC middleweight title vs. Chael Sonnen.