by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
A change has been made to the upcoming WEC 39 card in Corpus Christi, Texas, as lightweight Richard Crunkilton has been forced out of his matchup against Bart Palaszewski due to a knee injury. Stepping in to replace him will be WEC newcomer Ricardo Lamas, who takes the fight on just four days notice.
The injury and new opponent were confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the situation on Tuesday evening.
Palaszewski and Crunkilton were set to be the co-main event of the evening opposite of the WEC featherweight title fight between champion Mike Brown and Leonard Garcia. All indications point to the fight between Palaszewski and Lamas still staying on the main card with the same slot as the previous bout.
Lamas will make his WEC debut with a record of 5-0 as a professional, training with Macario Ramos at Team Top Notch out of Chicago. He was a wrestler and also an assistant coach at Elmhurst College in Illinois, and trains jiu-jitsu with Jeff Neal.
WEC 39 takes place Sunday night from the American Bank Center. It will be televised live on the Versus Network.