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Exclusive: Rich Crunkilton released by the WEC has recently learned that former WEC title challenger Rich Crunkilton has been released from the WEC with a career record of 7-2 with the promotion.

The cut comes on the heels of the thirty year old Florida native’s unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Dave Jansen during WEC 43 in October of 2009. The only other defeat suffered by Crunkilton came to Rob McCullough via TKO during a WEC 30 lightweight championship bid.

A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and black belt in Judo, the 16-3 Crunkilton has notched seven victories by either KO or TKO, along with six decisive wins by submission during his sixteen triumphs as a professional.

Rich has gone 7-2 in his last nine bouts.

  • Dufresne says:

    Not sure exactly why he was cut. Yeah he lost his last fight, but his opponent was 13-0 going into that fight so it’s not like he dropped one to a can. Also he’s been with the WEC since close to the beginning and only has 2 losses under their banner including his loss in a title fight.

    Hopefully he’ll either grab a few wins elsewhere and come back with a vengeance.

  • ZzFDKzZ says:

    Woah crazy.

  • Rich S. says:

    That’s kind of weird..

  • Rece Rock says:

    something tells me politics played a role in this one… he must of rubbed somebody the wrong way.

  • Slayer says:

    Crunkilton likely got cut not because of politics, but because he was injury prone. After the title shot against Razor Rob, he only made it to two more fights; a bout with Sergio Gomez in March 2008 at WEC 33 and the bout with Dave Jansen at WEC 43.

    He had to pull out of several fights within that time frame, specifically two big bouts with Bart Palaszewski (which was supposed to be the co-main event of WEC 39) and Donald Cerrone (which was set for the main card of WEC 41). I’m actually surprised that he wasn’t cut sooner.


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