WORLD EXTREME CAGEFIGHTING PRESENTS
MCCULOUGH VS CRUNKILTON
FOR THE WEC LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2007
LIVE FROM THE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas, NV — Finally, what the fight fans have been demanding is going to happen. The World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Lightweight Title is on the line when current champion “Razor” Rob McCullough defends his title against hard-hitting Rich “Cleat” Crunkilton.
Tickets for WEC McCullough vs. Crunkilton will go on sale Saturday, March 24.
“I’m pleased to announce to fans all around the world that WEC Champion Rob McCullough, one of the strongest and most experienced lightweight fighters in the world, and number one contender Rich Crunkilton, one of the most athletic and well-rounded fighters in the WEC, will be the main event for the WEC May 12 card,” said Scott Adams, WEC Co-General Manager.
McCullough (14-3-0), fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif., is considered one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA. His vicious attacks have catapulted him to the top of the food chain, with punishing knockouts an indelible trademark finish. His last outing was an impressive win over Kit Cope via elbows to the body. Cope was unable to take the punishment, tapping out at 2:53 of the first round. McCullough is looking to show the world why he is the world’s top 155-pounder when he takes on Crunkilton.
“Rich is no match for me,” said a confident McCullough. “I’m looking to end the fight quick, and that means a KO. Nobody’s going to take my belt”
Crunkilton (14-1-0) is a hard-nosed veteran at the top of his game, coming off a big win against Mike Joy at the Jan. 20 WEC, winning at 4:23 of the third round by submission. His impressive victory made clear that he’s the logical challenger to battle McCullough for the belt.
“I’m looking to take the fight to Rob. I respect his striking, but nothing is getting in the way of me going home with the WEC title,” Crunkilton said.
Tickets for WEC are on sale now, and are priced at $250, $150, $75, $25 (not including applicable services or taxes). Fans can purchase them at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office and all Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.wec.tv or www.ticketmaster.com.
The WEC will be televised on the Versus network beginning in June. As part of the preliminary coverage of WEC, VERSUS will air three live fights and six one-hour highlight shows. Details about future matchups, as well as the announcing team will be released as they become available.
The remaining bouts for WEC: McCullough vs. Crunkilton will be announced in the near future.
*All bouts subject to change
About World Extreme Cagefighting
The WEC brand is recognized as the best mixed martial arts organizations in the United States. Founded in 2001, the WEC features many of the most prominent athletes in the sport of mixed martial arts today, including Urijah Faber, John Alessio, Rob McCullough, Alex Karalexis, Richard Crunkilton, and other top fighters. The WEC has produced 26 professional mixed martial arts events with an impressive 24 total sell-outs.
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About the Versus network
VERSUS (VERSUS.com) celebrates competition in all its forms. The network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as best-in-class events like The Tour de France, the America's Cup, the Dakar Rally, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), Professional Boxing, the Boston Marathon, AMA Motocross and Davis Cup. Now in more than 70 million homes, the network features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events that audiences can't find elsewhere. The network offers unique, competition-themed original programming and is the exclusive home of Survivor in syndication. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, newly owned and operated under Morgans Hotel Group and equity partner, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, is a premier destination entertainment resort located on 16.7 acres situated strategically on Harmon Avenue, one of Las Vegas' fastest growing entertainment corridors. It was built in 1995 and expanded in 1999. The property offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property has also been a popular music scene destination where such acts as the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails and The Killers have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Hard Rock Hotel tower with 647 guest rooms; a 30,000 square foot casino; a beach club with a swimming pool that was selected by the Travel Channel as one of “The Top 10 Pools” in the world; the Body English nightclub; “The Joint” concert hall; five restaurants, including the world famous Nobu, Simon Kitchen & Bar, Pink Taco, AJ’s Steakhouse; three cocktail lounges; several retail stores; and Rock Spa, an 8,000 square foot spa, salon and fitness center. For room availability and additional information, call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com.