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Rich Crunkilton vs. Donald Cerrone WEC fight booked for June 1

rich crunkiltonRich "Cleat" Crunkilton (16-2) and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (7-0) will meet in a 155-pound clash at WEC 34: "Faber vs Pulver " at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on June 1.

Crunkilton -- a grizzled veteran in the WEC -- is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Sergio Gomez at WEC 33 last March. 'Cleat' is on fire as well, winning seven of his last eight fights. His last defeat was at the hands of former WEC lightweight champion, "Razor" Rob McCullough.

Meanwhile, Cerrone returns to the cage after serving an eight-month suspension because of a failed post fight drug test (diuretic) at WEC 30. His bout with Kenneth Alexander, in which he won via armbar, was later ruled a no contest.

Prior to that bout Cerrone -- known as a submission machine -- won all seven of his victories by submission. He is also a very skilled Muai Thai fighter, meaning that he is a threat striking as well. Cerrone was also featured in the TapouT reality series in its first season.

cerroneIn a division as deep as the WEC's lightweight class, this is a very intriguing matchup. With fighters like Marcus Hicks and Rob McCullough looking for a title shot, this fight will be another climb up the ladder for the winner of this showdown.

It's also a fine addition to a card that is rounding out nicely:

Main Event

145 lbs.: WEC Featherweight Champion Urijiah Faber vs. vs Jens Pulver

Main card

135 lbs.: WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia
155 lbs: Rich Crunkilton vs. Donald Cerrone
145 lbs.: Jeff Curran vs. Mike Brown
145 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Alexandre Franca Nogueira

Perhaps the best part of WEC 34 is that it will air on the Versus network (not pay-per-view) at 9 p.m. ET. Stay tuned for more updates.

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