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WEC veteran Alex Karalexis not part of UFC expansion

When news recently broke regarding the UFC’s decision to absorb World Extreme Cagefighting the speculation on the future of WEC’s roster was almost immediate. While certain fighters were essentially guaranteed an opportunity to compete inside the Octagon, far more competitors were left on the bubble between drawing a Zuffa paycheck and seeking a new promotion to call home.

It turns out at least one of the individuals who won’t be joining the UFC’s lightweight division is an individual with not only past experience in the world’s most-famous eight-sided cage but a victory inside it as well – Alex Karalexis.

Five Ounces of Pain spoke to sources close to the situation who confirmed Karalexis was released from his contract on the heels of having been submitted by Anthony Pettis at WEC 48 and then withdrawing prior to a fight at WEC 51 due to injury.

The 33-year old striker, who had fought under WEC’s banner since 2006 and is also an alumnus of the Ultimate Fighter Season 1, was 4-3 during his run in the promotion but had fallen in three of his last four match-ups. He holds an overall record of 10-5 and won his first post-TUF bout against Josh Rafferty on the show’s initial, infamous season finale.

  • Rece Rock says:

    This is just the begining….

  • Angry Mike says:

    Sadly, yes, it is just the beginning, and it’s the reason I didn’t want to see WEC collapsed into UFC.

  • We’ve all been looking at the upsides( Cerrone vs. Everyone….alot of undersized 155ers headin down 10 lbs now that it’ll be financially worth it) but yeah this is a downside. Unfortunately we’re gonna see Im guessin between 15-30 people cut from the roster in the two weeks prior to and the two weeks after the merger.

  • Guthookd says:

    C’mon guys. It’s not all bad. I know one thing…we need more wood to throw on the fire that is Eddie Alvarez. I’m sure he’d love to have Alex for breakfast one day.

    The lower level orgs are about to get an injection of talent in the lighter weight classes……I, for one, think this could turn out to be a good thing in terms of competition. Not only can these guys still put on great fights, but nothing makes a better stepping stone for a non-UFC fighter than a ex-UFC fighter (who they’ll undoubtedly refer to as a UFC Veteran).


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