Separate published reports indicate that light heavyweight Steve Steinbeiss and middleweight Nissen Osterneck have been transferred from the roster of Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting to its sister promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Both additions to the UFC roster come as a mild surprise. Steinbeiss and Osterneck competed at WEC 36 on Nov. 5 and both lost to their respective opponents. The UFC has traditionally avoided signing fighters coming off losses outside of the promotion.
According to MMA Weekly, Steinbeiss, 4-2, will serve out the remainder of his original four fight contract signed with the WEC while competing under the UFC banner.
Steinbeiss, whose brother, Ray, is also an MMA fighter, has three fights remaining on his contract following a split decision loss to former UFC veteran Carmelo Marrero during his WEC debut at WEC 36.
Steinbeiss trains out of Arizona Combat Sports with notable fighters such as WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner, WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit, and current UFC fighter C.B. Dollaway.
Reports that Osterneck is also headed to the UFC comes courtesy of the website CramThis.com. Osterneck, 5-1, suffered the first loss of his pro career at WEC 36 when he was TKO’d in the second round against former three-time NCAA champion Jake Rosholt.
Prior to joining Zuffa, Osterneck had competed for Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights in December of 2007, where he was able to defeat Freddie Espiricueta via verbal submission at 2:37 of round 1.