A bout between lightweight prospects Shane Roller and Ben Henderson has been added to the schedule for WEC 40 on April 5 in Chicago, Illinois.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of a new matchup from a source close to one of the fighters on Monday afternoon.
The 27-year old Roller is one of three members involved with Ted Ehrhardt’s Team Takedown. Team Takedown is a full service MMA fight team featuring former standout amateur wrestlers that are being groomed to be future MMA champions.
A former three-time NCAA All-American at amateur wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma State, Roller is 5-1 since making his pro MMA debut in 2007. Since making his WEC debut last year, he is 2-0 with wins over Todd Moore and Mike Budnik.
In addition to being a three-time All-American, Roller is also a former Big 12 conference champion as well as a four-time state champion in high school.
Roller will look to improve to 6-1 overall against Henderson, who made his MMA debut late last month at WEC 38 in San Diego, Calif. Facing fellow newcomer Anthony Njokuani, Henderson improved his overall MMA record to 8-1 after securing a second round submission courtesy of a guillotine choke.
The Glendale native has won seven consecutive fights and holds a notable victory over former UFC veteran Diego Saraiva. Competing for the Evolution MMA promotion this past October, Henderson defeated Saraiva via unanimous decision.
In addition to Roller vs. Henderson, WEC 40 is expected to be headlined by Miguel Torres defending his WEC bantamweight title against Brian Bowles with Jeff Curran also expected to make his bantamweight debut on the card against Joseph Benavidez in a bout to determine a new number one contender.