Former EliteXC fighter Javier Vazquez has been tapped as a replacement for the injured Mark Hominick, and will face Affliction transplant Deividas Taurosevicius on the preliminary portion of the WEC 43 fight card.
News of Hominick's injury and Vazquez's insertion in the bout was first reported by the Dallas Morning News. The nature of Hominick's injury was not disclosed.
Taurosevicius (10-3) has had a lengthy layoff as the native Lithuanian hasn't fought since last May, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Ryan Schultz at an IFL event. Prior to the loss, he had won six straight fights, including big wins over Dan Lauzon, Savant Young and Bart Palaszewski. Eight of Taurosevicius' 10 career wins have been via submission stoppages.
Vazquez (13-3) is coming off of a close split decision loss against L.C. Davis in his WEC debut at last month's WEC 42. Prior to the loss, he had put together a four-fight winning streak, which included a 2-0 stint in the now-defunct EliteXC promotion. The 11-year veteran has finished nine of his 13 career wins, including eight by submission, and he holds notable wins in his career over the likes of JC Pennington, Rumina Sato and Rob Emerson.