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Nissen Osterneck tapped as new opponent for Jake Rosholt during Nov. 5 WEC event

A new opponent has been secured to take on former NCAA wrestling champion Jake Rosholt in his WEC debut on Nov. 5 in Hollywood, Fla. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Rosholt had been slated to face American Top Team jiu-jitsu black belt Danillo Villefort but will instead square off against 5-0 middleweight Nissen Osterneck. confirmed the news with multiple sources, including Rosholt’s manager and Team Takedown founder, Ted Ehrhardt.

Ehrhardt also confirmed to Five Ounces of Pain that Rosholt’s appearance with the WEC on Nov. 5 will be his first and last with the promotion. According to Ehrhardt, UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva has informed Rosholt’s camp that he will be moved to the UFC’s middleweight division following his fight vs. Osterneck.

Rosholt, who was also a multi-NCAA All-American while wrestling at Oklahoma State, is 4-0 in his young martial mixed arts with all victories ending via TKO or submission.

For Osterneck, who competed on for Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights during the promotions second-ever card last December, the fight will mark his WEC debut as well. He had been scheduled to fight for the promotion previously but was scratched from the card due to injury.

WEC 36, which had been scheduled to take place in September but was postponed due to Hurricane Ike, is scheduled to be headlined Urijah Faber defending the WEC featherweight title vs. number one contender Mike Thomas Brown. Other bouts include Paulo Filho defending his WEC middleweight title vs. Chael Sonnen, Jens Pulver vs. Leonard Garcia in a highly-anticipated featherweight bout, and Donald Cerrone vs. “Razor” Rob McCullough in which the winner will be named the number one contender to the WEC lightweight title currently held by Jamie Varner.

  • Nick Travaglini says:

    Osterneck is a very exciting fighter. I saw two of his fights online, this is going to be one helluva fight and a considerably tougher matchup for Rosholt than Villefort would have been.

  • cornerman says:

    Rosh has serious potential for sure.
    Hope he does well and if he loses he learns from it.

  • Robert says:

    I watched Rosholt compete at a Grapplers Quest event and he was hanging in their with a top grappler and he’d been training jujitsu for only 4 months at the time he’s only going to get better and with he’s wrestling he should end up being a monster.


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