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WEC 43 Lands in San Antonio, Texas

Written by Tom Ngo
August 31st, 2009
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The WEC has just announced that it will be returning to the Lone Star state to host their WEC 43 event. Donald Cerrone will be taking on Ben Henderson inside the AT&T Center in beautiful San Antonio, Texas for the interim lightweight title.

WEC 43 was initially to be held on September 2nd at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, however the organization abruptly rescheduled the card for October 10th instead.

Word on the street was that Henderson suffered a minor injury during training and that is the reason they needed to push the date back, however no word on why there was a change in venue.

Cerrone holds a 10-1 professional record, however what’s more impressive is that although he’s a Muay Thai specialist, nine of his W’s have come via submissions. His only blemish came in a controversial technical decision loss to champion Jaime Varner at WEC 38 this past January.

“He’s got an awesome ground game and he’s a superior wrestler,” Cerrone said of Henderson. “The only thing he lacks is his standup. I believe that I have what it takes to become champion. I know Ben well and like him, but when the cage door closes, I want to win that belt.”

Speaking of impressive records, Henderson holds a 9-1 mark, with his last two coming inside the WEC cages against Anthony Njokuani and most recently, Shane Roller. The former two-time NAIA collegiate wrestling All-American hasn’t lost an MMA fight since 2006.

“There are guys who get in the cage and you can see in their eyes that they’re a little bit overwhelmed by the whole thing,” Henderson said. “I don’t think I’ll be overwhelmed. I love Cerrone’s game and his ‘Terminator’ style. He just keeps coming forward. As far as standing up with him and trading some blows, I’d love to. Let’s go out there and have fun.”

You can catch all of the main bouts LIVE on Versus Network at 10PM ET/7PM PT.

Here are there fighters rumored to be competing in the night’s event:

Preliminary Bouts:

Mark Hominick vs. Deividas Taurosevicius
Charlie Valencia vs. Coty Wheeler
Muhsin Corbbrey vs. Anthony Njokuani
Manny Tapia vs. Eddie Wineland
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Erik Koch
Scott Jorgensen vs. Rafael Rebello

Main Bouts:

Rafael Assuncao vs. Yves Jabouin
Alex Karalexis vs. Anthony Pettis
Damacio Page and Akitoshi Tamura
Dave Jansen vs. Richard Crunkilton Jr.
Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson (Interim WEC Lightweight Title)

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