by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Steve Steinbeiss’ World Extreme Cagefighting debut just keeps going in circles. He was originally slated to debut against highly touted wrestler Mark Munoz at WEC 36 when it was scheduled for Sept. 10 in Hollywood, Fla. Then Munoz had to withdraw due to a knee injury.
Ultimate Fighter season 1 cast member Alex Schoenauer kept Steinbeiss on the card though, stepping in on short notice.
Then Ike stepped into the picture. The third most costly hurricane in U.S. history, Ike didn’t actually cause much direct havoc in the Hollywood area, but its threat was strong enough to cause the WEC to postpone the event until Nov. 5.
The Schoenauer vs. Steinbeiss fight was kept intact for the new date… that is, up until Schoenauer suffered an injury. According to sources close to the fighter’s camp, Schoenauer suffered a torn hamstring and will be unable to fight next week in Florida, once again leaving Steinbeiss wondering about his WEC debut.
With a week to go until fight night, it is unclear if a substitute will be lined up in time.
This was supposed to be one of the WEC’s final 205-pound bouts, as the promotion intends to deactivate both the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions following its final show this year on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.