by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Popular WEC lightweight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is set to return to the cage at WEC 41 on June 7, when he will face Richard “Cleat” Crunkilton. Cerrone confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com late Saturday night.
“I’m gonna to put the spurs to Cleat, if he bothers to show up for this one,” said the former professional bull rider, taking a jab at Crunkilton for having pulled out of two of his more recently scheduled bouts.
Although it is unclear if Crunkilton has actually inked his end of the contract, Cerrone says that he has signed his bout agreement. He was told that Crunkilton was “good to go.”
The bout will take place as part of the undercard for the WEC 41 event in Sacramento, Calif., headlined by the rematch between current WEC featherweight champion and No. 1 ranked Mike Brown and No. 2 ranked former champion Urijah Faber.
Cowboy is jumping back in the saddle after suffering the first loss of his career, a split decision loss to current WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner at WEC 38. He was 9-0 with 1 no contest prior to the loss.
Crunkilton hasn’t seen the cage since WEC 33 in March of 2008, having defeated Sergio Gomez by unanimous decision. He withdrew from a bout scheduled against Cerrone in June of last year, and then again backed out of a scheduled fight against Bart Palaszewski at WEC 39 last month in Corpus Christi, Texas; both due to injuries.