by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Richard Crunkilton is out of his planned World Extreme Cagefighting 34 bout against Donald Cerrone. Crunkilton suffered an injury that will keep him out of the June 1 fight at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
MMAWeekly.com has learned from sources close to the organization that local California fighter Danny Castillo will be tapped to replace Crunkilton. Castillo is undefeated as a professional fighter, winning all five of his bouts. He most recently competed at Cage Combat Fighting Championships in May of this year.
Cerrone is also undefeated as a professional fighter, winning seven bouts, and having one “no contest” on his record. He tested positive for a diuretic – a banned substance – following his WEC debut against Kenneth Alexander in Las Vegas. He had initially defeated Alexander, but was subsequently suspended for eight months, fined $2,400, and had his win changed to a no contest, due to the positive drug test result.
Following his suspension, Cerrone told MMAWeekly.com, “I just want to get past this and move on… get back to training and come back stronger and better.”
In more recent comments, he said, “I’m actually glad the commission suspended me because it means they’re looking out for us, trying to keep it safe. I mean, I’m not happy that I got suspended, of course, but I’m glad they’re looking out for us.
“It’s allowed me time to work on my game. I’ve been training really hard at (Greg) Jackson’s and I’m working with Duane Ludwig, as well.”
WEC 34 is headline by the promotion’s featherweight champion, Urijah Faber, defending his belt against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver. Newly crowned bantamweight champion Miguel Torres will also make the first defense of his belt on the card when he faces Yoshiro Maeda.