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Anthony Pettis out, Bart Palaszewski in for WEC 40

Multiple sources have reported that Anthony Pettis has been forced out of his bout with Anthony Njokuani just ten days before it was slated to take place on the preliminary card of WEC 40. A broken hand suffered recently during training is cited as the reason for Pettis’ late withdrawal.

Stepping in on extremely short notice will be IFL veteran, and Warsaw, Poland native, Bart Palaszewski.

Palaszewski has seen his fair shair of ups and downs lately in his career. He has gone 2-4 in his last six bouts, and will be looking to bounce back from a decision loss suffered at the hands of Ricardo Lamas at WEC 39 on March 1st. The bout with Njokuani will mark Palaszewski’s second fight in just over one month.

Njokuani’s is a former Muay Thai champion who’s most recent performance was a decision loss to Benson Henderson at WEC 38 back in January of this year.

Anthony Pettis will likely be sidelined for at least a month while he rehabs his broken hand.

WEC 40 is scheduled to take place at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago on April 5th.

Other bouts scheduled for the card are listed below.

Miguel Torres vs. Takeya Mizugaki for the WEC bantamweight championship
Jeff Curran vs. Joseph Benavidez
Benson Henderson vs. Shane Roller
Rafael Assuncao vs. Jameel Massouh
Dominick Cruz vs. Ivan Lopez
Cub Swanson vs. Diego Nunes
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Fredson Paixao
Eddie Wineland vs. Rani Yahya
Manny Tapia vs. Akitoshi Tamura
Rafael Dias vs. Cole Province

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