Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Breaking News: Sergio Gomez vs. Rich Crunkilton at WEC 33

Sergio Gomez of Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy will make his return to action at WEC 33 according to the fight card at Freestyle Combat Challenge 33 last Saturday. I caught up with Gomez after the fights and found out that he will face Rich Crunkilton on March 26, 2008.

Sergio Gomez won his first six fights and made his WEC debut on the television series TapouT, episode number six. In that bout versus Marcus “Cannonball” Hicks, Gomez was winning the bout but succumb to a guillotine choke in the second round. After the loss at WEC 27 Gomez returned to action at Freestyle Combat Challenge 31 last November. He scored a 2nd round TKO victory over Brent Rose but injured his hand in the process sidelining him from action. His MMA record according to Sherdog is (7-1) and he has never had a fight go to decision.

Rich Crunkilton sports a (14-2) MMA record and is coming off a loss last September to then WEC Lightweight Champion Razor “Rob” McCullough. His WEC record is (6-1) and his only other loss came during his most famous battle. At UFC 42 in April of 2003, Crunkilton fought Hermes Franca and in the fight Franca almost literally tore Crunkilton arm off. Despite the arm break and dislocation Crunkilton refused to tap out and lost via unanimous decision.

MMA Weekly currently shows nine bouts listed on the card but not this fight. The card will feature the rematch of Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen in a middleweight title bout. Doug Marshall will also defend his light heavyweight bout against number one contender Brian Stann.

This article originally appeared on Wisconsin Combat Sports or www.wicombatsports.com where I am a writer.

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