Hand injury forces Alex Karalexis from WEC 44 event

A broken hand has forced former Ultimate Fighter Alex Karalexis (10-4) to withdraw from his bout against Kamal Shalorus at WEC 44 in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 18.

Fighters.com reported the injury Thursday morning and Karalexis was quoted as saying " I just broke my hand, so I’m out for a bit."

"T-Rex" ended his two fight losing streak with a victory over Greg McIntyre at WEC 39. He has had six total fights in the WEC (4-2) after a disappointing career in the UFC (1-2).

Shalorus (4-0-1) began his professional career in 2008 with a debut victory over Jeff Davis at King of Kombat 3. He has three victories in 2009 with his most recent victory coming over Justin Miller at Supreme Warrior Championship 7: "Discountenance".

There has been no word yet on a replacement for the undefeated lightweight.

WEC 44 is set for the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 18. The card is headlined with a featherweight championship bout between Mike Thomas Brown and top contender Jose Aldo.

For the current WEC 44 fight card click here.

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