A lightweight bout that could have potentially determined a new number one contender for the WEC lightweight championship currently held by Jamie Varner that would have pitted Rich Crunklinton vs. Bart Palaszewski at WEC 39 this coming Sunday night is off.
Palaszewski, 30-11, made the revelation that Crunkilton was forced to pull out of the show due to injury during a guest appearance on “The Ground and Pound” web radio show on Tuesday night. According to MMAWeekly.com, Palaszewski will remain on the card and it slated to face Ricardo Lamas, an undefeated Chicago-based fighter with a 5-0 record.
Palaszewski, a former star with the now-defunct International Fight League, made his WEC debut at WEC 37 this past December. Facing season one veteran of The Ultimate Fighter Alex Karalexis, the Team Curran member TKO’d Karalexis at 1:11 of round 2.
WEC 39 is scheduled to emanate from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas and slated to air on VERSUS (9 p.m. ET). Scheduled to headline the event is WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown (20-4) making his first career title defense in a bout against number one contender Leonard Garcia (16-3).
Eleven total bouts for the event are scheduled with five slated to be televised on VERSUS starting a 9 p.m. ET. In addition to Brown vs. Garcia and Palaszewski vs. Lamas, other bouts slated to be broadcast include Jose Aldo (13-1) vs. Chris Mickle (26-11-1) in featherweight action; “Razor” Rob McCullough (16-5) vs. Marcus Hicks (6-1) in a battle of lightweights; and welterweight action between former NCAA champion Johny Hendricks (4-0) and Alex Serdyukov (12-4).
The non-televised portion of the card will include matchups between bantamweights Marcos Galvao (9-2) and Damacio Page (9-3); lightweights Mike Budnik (8-1) and John Franchi (4-0); welterweights Justin Haskins (5-2) vs. Mike Pierce (6-1); lightweights Greg McIntyre (5-2) vs. Alex Karalexis (9-4); lightweights Danny Castillo (6-1) vs. Phil Cardella (7-2); and bantamweights Kenji Osawa (13-7-1) vs. Rafael Rebello (5-2).