We reported yesterday that Danillo Villefort was having trouble getting back into the United States because of visa issues, forcing him to be pulled from the WEC 36 card on November 5. He was scheduled to face Jake Rosholt (4-0) in a middleweight bout.
Today, MMAmania.com can confirm that undefeated submission specialist Nissen Osterneck (5-0) has been tapped as his fill-in.
Osterneck is a very dangerous threat toward Rosholt's undefeated record. He's an accomplished grappler, sporting a record of (64-4) on the jiu-jitsu circuit and holds a purple belt under the legendary Relson Gracie.
He's the Gracie Fighting Championships Evolution Champion, the Fight Party Full Throttle 8 Champion, the Gracie Proving Ground Champion, the International Sport Combat Federation Invasion Champion, the four time South Carolina Grappling Champion, and the 2006 Gracie National Champion after submitting 13 guys in one day to win the title.
In short, his jiu-jitsu is sick.
Rosholt was a national champion collegiate wrestler at Oklahoma State University, meaning this is a clear cut wrestling vs. jiu jitsu match up. Rosholt's limited experience in mixed martial arts could prove to be a problem against a ground technician like Osterneck, but then again, his power and wrestling ability could work in his favor to keep the fight off the mat.
Frequently these types of fights come down to who can bring the better cardio and striking. Cardio won't be a problem for Rosholt -- he's a tireless worker. But as far as striking goes for either of these two, we'll just have to wait and see on November 5.
This should be a very good fight. It's believed that if Rosholt can get past Nissen on November 5 that he will be fighting in the UFC octagon sometime in 2009, but he better not look past this replacement.
Just ask Kimbo Slice about that.