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WEC 45: Cerrone vs Ratcliff

WEC 45
  • Saturday 12.19.2009
  • U.S. Broadcast:
  • Promotion: WEC
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: The Pearl at the Palms
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • TV Announcers: Todd Harris, Frank Mir
  • Ring Announcer: Joe Martinez
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Todd Harris
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $102,700
  • Attendance: 1,741 (Paid: 926)
  • TV Ratings: 330,000 viewers, 0.4 HH rating
  • MMA Bouts: 10
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Fight Card

Honors & Awards

    Black on white 26x21
  • Fight of the Night
    Donald Cerrone vs. Ed Ratcliff   |   $10,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Knockout of the Night
    Chris Horodecki vs. Anthony Njokuani   |   $10,000 bonus to Njokuani
  • Fight of the Night
    Takeya Mizugaki vs. Scott Jorgensen   |   $5,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Submission of the Night
    Kyle Dietz vs. Brad Pickett   |   $10,000 bonus to Pickett
  • Black on white 26x21


  • Herb Dean
    Cerrone vs. Ratcliff (10)Mizugaki vs. Jorgensen (7)Hosman vs. George (4)Koch vs. Massouh (1)
  • Steve Mazzagatti
    Horodecki vs. Njokuani (9)Palaszewski vs. Pettis (6)Visher vs. Buck (3)
  • Kim Winslow
    Benavidez vs. Yahya (8)Micklewright vs. Corbbrey (5)Dietz vs. Pickett (2)

WEC 45 Wiki Update Wiki

In the weakest WEC event of 2009, the year-end WEC 45 fight card featured no title bouts, a first for the year. In the main event, lightweight contender and fan favorite fighter Donald Cerrone defeated Ed Ratcliff with a third-round Rear Naked Choke to reemerge as the top contender to the belt, which would be contested the following month by Jamie Varner and Ben Henderson.

Canadian prospect and IFL veteran Chris Horodecki made his promotional debut on the card, getting knocked out in the first round by Anthony Njokuani when he inexplicably turned his back on his opponent after a stand-up.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:53 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

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