Completed MMA Bout

Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson I

Main Event | WEC Interim Lightweight Championship | 155 lbs

Benson Henderson defeats Donald Cerrone via 5 Round Decision

"Smooth" Benson Henderson
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone

Henderson
Decision
Round 5

Benson Henderson Donald Cerrone

"Smooth" "Cowboy"

9-1-0   Pro Record At Fight   10-1-0
Climbed to 10-1   Record After Fight   Fell to 10-2
+278 (Moderate Underdog)   Betting Odds   -355 (Moderate Favorite)
Vacant   Title   Vacant
United States   Nationality   United States
Glendale, Arizona   Fighting out of   Albuquerque, New Mexico
25 years, 10 months, 3 weeks, 3 days   Age at Fight   26 years, 6 months, 1 week, 4 days
155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs)
5'9" (175cm)   Height   6'1" (185cm)
70.0" (178cm)   Reach   73.0" (185cm)
MMA Lab   Gym   BMF Ranch
WEC 43
  • Bout Information
  • Event: WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson
  • Date: Saturday 10.10.2009
  • Referee: Kerry Hatley
  • Venue: AT&T Center
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 10 of 10)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Todd Harris, Frank Mir
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Todd Harris
  • Cerrone Total Disclosed Pay: $20,000
  • Henderson Total Disclosed Pay: $20,000
  • Title on Line: WEC Interim Lightweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Vacant
  • Event Links:

Cerrone vs. Henderson I Wiki Update Wiki

Full Fight:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVlXnTRWFiA


After establishing themselves as the two top contenders to the WEC Lightweight Championship belt held by Jamie Varner, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Ben “Smooth” Henderson locked horns at the tail end of 2009 for an Interim Lightweight Championship while Varner recovered from injuries. In one of the best fights in WEC history, Cerrone and Henderson fought tooth-and-nail for five hard rounds, with Henderson edging Cerrone when the scorecards were read.


After a close first round, Henderson utilized his wrestling base to neutralize Cerrone on the ground and inflict serious damage in the second and third rounds. Heading into round four, it seemed as though Cerrone was already in a hole he could not possibly climb out of. But surprising the fans watching live and in attendance, Cerrone came out and dominated Henderson in the final two frames, beating him both on the feet and on the ground before the final bell had rung.


While Henderson emerged with the Interim title and would eventually take the Undisputed belt in January of 2010 with a submission victory over Varner, Cerrone’s stock also rose considerably following the loss. Multiple sources named Henderson vs. Cerrone the best MMA fight of 2009, and observers marveled at the mental and physical toughness evidenced by both men in the championship rounds.

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Videos & Highlights

    Promo Video  |  The WEC Previews the Cerrone vs. Henderson I Title Fight at WEC 43 report dead link

    This WEC preview video looks at Cerrone vs. Henderson I at WEC 43.

  • Video Blog  |  A Day in the Life of Ben Henderson by WEC report dead link

    The WEC shows us a day in the life of Ben Henderson as he trains to fight Donald Cerrone at WEC 43's Main Event.

  • Interview  |  The WEC Interviews Ben Henderson and Donald Cerrone Before They Fight report dead link

    The WEC spoke to both fighters in the Henderson vs. Cerrone I Main Event of WEC 43.

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