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Johny Hendricks vs. Alex Serdyukov moved to WEC’s Dec. 3 event; Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik added

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. 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.

  • Robert says:

    Hendricks has a lot of wrestling ability for sure but his arrogance makes him impossible to root for.

  • Ertz says:

    I worked with Johny in Vegas in August, and he was actually very polite and down-to-earth. I can see how he would appear arrogant, but he is truly a nice guy and one heck of a strong guy for his weight-class.

  • Ertz says:

    I have WEC 37 tickets for sale (if you can’t find any VIP balcony or Standing Room Only it’s because they are all gone): Use code wec50 for $50 off. I look forward to seeing the rest of the card, though I wish they were putting Jamie Varner on the card (but all indications say that won’t happen). I think the WEC will start to spread out the title fights now that they are dropping the two weight classes.

  • Dale Hartt says:

    I’ve been training with Hendricks at Cobra Kai, and he is a super cool cat. He is very humble, and works like crazy. Good Guy.

  • Robert says:

    OK apparently i am wrong about Hendricks as a person I’ll take the word of people who have actually met him.He just came across arrogant in a few videos i had seen,but maybe that’s because in a couple of them he was talking to Marc Laimon.

  • Joseph Garza says:

    Looks like 4 of Oklahoma’s top fighters are now scheduled for this card. Everyone at forums wishes this was held at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City or the BOK Center in Tulsa. Hendricks from Stillwater, Roller from Bixby, Budnik from Tulsa and Province from Claremore. Going to be a great night of fights either way!


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