FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that former New York Giants fullback Jarrod Bunch has turned down an opportunity to fight former Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro offensive tackle Carlton Haselrig during the undercard of EliteXC’s debut CBS show on May 31.
Haselrig, who won his MMA debut against former IFL heavyweight Shane Ott on April 19, is without an opponent for EliteXC’s undercard, which will be streamed live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on ProElite.com.
Haselrig, who is also a former six-time NCAA Division I and II wrestling champion, TKO’d Ott at 4:09 of round 1 during Battle Cage Xtreme 4 in Atlantic City. Meanwhile, Bunch is 0-1 in his brief mixed martial arts career, losing his one and only fight to former Washington wide receiver Michael Westbrook during a King of the Cage show in 2005.
EliteXC contracted heavyweight and former Giants’ offensive lineman Bobby Jones was originally proposed as an opponent for Haselrig but was unable to accept the match due to a neck injury. There have been rumblings that EliteXC officials were interested in signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Marcus Jones to fight Haselrig, however, Jones is already signed to fight Hercules Benjamin on May 30 in Atlantic City for the World Fighting Championships.