Reinhardt replaces Karalexis vs. Zhang at WEC 51

by Matt Erickson | source:

Alex Karalexis is out of a previously announced fight against Tiequan Zhang at WEC 51 and will be replaced by promotional newcomer Jason Reinhardt.

MMA Fighting learned of the change from sources close to Reinhardt's camp. The lightweight, who trains at the Pat Miletich camp in Bettendorf, Iowa, is 20-1 with just two fights going beyond the first round.

Reinhardt's lone setback came at UFC 78 to Joe Lauzon, a first-round submission loss. It was his only appearance in the UFC and his only fight thus far with a major promotion.

The WEC last week made official the signing of Zhang, the promotion's first fighter from mainland China, and announced he would be fighting Karalexis, a participant on the inaugural season of "The Ultimate Fighter." The bout was scheduled for the preliminary card at WEC 51 at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., on Sept. 30.

But now Reinhardt steps in as Karalexis' replacement on less than a month's notice. The 40-year-old native of Decatur, Ill., has not fought in a sanctioned bout, according to online databases, since January 2008. Sixteen of his 20 wins have come by submission, most coming on Midwestern promotions like Extreme Challenge and Courage Fighting Championships.

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tags: Jason Reinhardt (detail)  Alex Karlexis   Tiequan Zhang (detail)  WEC   


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buvaiser site profile image  

9/7/10 2:38 PM by buvaiser

sacrificial watermelon and fried chicken, more like... if you're trying to dig at race. go to any china or any chinese restaurant and you'll never see chinese go for wonton. it's the nonchinese that love that shit. chinese produce and eat more watermelon than anyone in the world.

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9/7/10 2:37 PM by Corky22


SPROUT site profile image  

9/7/10 2:34 PM by SPROUT

i think just for reinhardt

robbie380 site profile image  

9/7/10 2:33 PM by robbie380

 sacrificial wonton imo

ADAMantium site profile image  

9/7/10 2:31 PM by ADAMantium

The Mongolian Wolf!

buvaiser site profile image  

9/7/10 2:28 PM by buvaiser

geez why the hate for reinhardt and zhang?

jjj2121 site profile image  

9/7/10 2:24 PM by jjj2121

 He's got a padded record and he's fighting 2 weight classes over his natural weight.  This is absolutely a softie for the Chinese fighter.

Chris site profile image  

9/7/10 2:21 PM by Chris

Guy fought once since loss to Lauzon. Last fight was 2 yrs. ago. Sounds like a sacrificial lamb to me.

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9/7/10 2:19 PM by Train Judo

Jason is a cool cat..I remember like a decade ago fighting at a show with him in a pole barn in a corn sure has grown:)

TOM666 site profile image  

9/7/10 2:08 PM by TOM666

Penetrating that Chinese market successfully requires a Chinese fighter with some wins.