The debut WEC debut of former NCAA champion Johny Hendricks has been postponed for the second time, as his planned welterweight bout vs. Russian Alex Serdyukov has been moved from WEC 36 on Nov. 5 in Florida to WEC 37 on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the news with Hendricks’ manager, Team Takedown’s Ted Ehrhardt, after being alerted to the news by an unnamed source earlier in the day.
Hendricks and Serdyukov had been scheduled to face each other past September at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. but the entire fight card had to be postponed as a result of Hurricane Ike.
Hendricks was a standout wrestler at Oklahoma State and is a perfect 3-0 since making his MMA debut in September of 2007. Known for being a charismatic competitor throughout his All-American career, Hendricks has won all three of his pro fights inside the distance.
Serdyukov is 8-4 overall with a lifetime record in the WEC of 5-2. He holds notable victories in his career over the likes of Mark Weir and Scott Norton with notable losses coming against Scott Norton and John Alessio.
Ehrhardt also revealed that Team Takedown’s 155 pound weight class representative Shane Roller has been added to WEC 37 against Mike Budnik.
Roller, who like teammates Hendricks and Jake Rosholt also attended Oklahoma State, is 4-1 in his pro MMA career. While Rosholt and Hendricks have yet to make their WEC debuts, Roller appeared at WEC 35 this past August, where he submitted Houston’s Todd Moore with a guillotine choke at three minutes of round 1.
His opponent, Budnik, is a perfect 7-0 and had been considered for a spot on the current season’s cast of The Ultimate Fighter reality television show on Spike TV. Like Roller, he won his WEC debut this past August by submitting Greg McIntyre via triangle choke in the third round.
WEC 37 will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and will feature WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres defending his title vs. Manny Tapia.