Just days after the WEC released the official line up for their WEC 36 event on November 4th, Alex Schoenauer has injured his hamstring and will be unable to fight Steve Steinbeiss on next week’s card at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Reports are surfacing that UFC veteran Carmelo Marrero will step in to face Steinbeiss on just five days notice. This is the third adjustment that Steinbeiss has had to face in trying to make his WEC debut.
Initially, Steinbeiss was scheduled to take on Mark Munoz when WEC 36 was scheduled for October 11th. However Hurricane Ike emerged and forced the organization to reschedule the event to a later, safer date.
Just days after the event was rescheduled, Munoz was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury. The WEC wasted no time in signing Schoenauer to step in and keep Steinbeiss on the card.
MMAWeekly.com was able to confirm Schoenauer’s injury with sources close to the fighter, and that Marrero had verbally agreed to the fight. As of now, no official announcement has been made by the WEC.
The main bouts will be airing LIVE on the Versus Network. Here is how the card now shakes out:
Yoshiro Maeda vs. Rani Yayha
Danny Castillo vs. Ed Ratcliff
Carmelo Marrero vs. Steve Steinbeiss
Jose Aldo vs. Jonathan Brookins
David Avellan vs. Aaron Simpson
Donald Cerrone vs. Rob McCullough
Jake Roshold vs. Danillo Villefort
Lenard Garcia vs. Jens Pulver
Chael Sonnen vs. Paulo Filho (WEC Middleweight Champion)
Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber (WEC Featherweight Champion)