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Injured Ben Henderson Forces Change In WEC 43 Date And Venue (Update II)

WEC 43 PosterEven Zuffa isn’t immune from hitting a few promotional bumps in the road every now and then. The UFC has been having a tough time selling tickets in Oregon for this weekend’s event due to the rough economy, and now an undisclosed injury suffered by WEC 43 headliner Ben Henderson has forced WEC officials to postpone the event originally scheduled for Sept. 2 to Oct. 10.

World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today the postponement of its Sept. 2 card. An injury to main event fighter Ben Henderson forced the postponement of the event.

The entire card has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at a venue to be announced at a later date. The event will be broadcast live on VERSUS.

Ticket refunds for the Sept. 2 event can be obtained at the point of purchase.

Not the biggest deal in the world unless you live in Ohio and were planning on attending the show. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like they’re coming back to Youngstown on October 10.

Don’t worry about Zuffa though. They’ll be just fine. They just managed to take out one of the few remaining open dates for Strikeforce to hold an October event. WEC on a Saturday? When was the last time that happened?

Update: Was Ben Henderson’s injury really the reason why the WEC postponed the event? Dave Meltzer doesn’t think so, and I can’t say I disagree with him. Meltzer speculated that DirecTV possibly dropping Versus and poor ticket sales may have also been contributing factors (Fight Opinion has the transcription). Definitely odd though for the WEC to move the entire event because of Ben Henderson though. No offense to Ben, but it’s not like he has the star power of Urijah Faber who everyone was paying to see. Why not find a replacement?

Update 2: MDS interviewed WEC VP Peter Dropkick about the postponement. In short, they said the only reason they moved it was because of Ben Henderson. He denied that DirecTV had anything to do with it. Said ticket sales were at expected levels for Youngtown, and they were moving the venue because it wasn’t available on Oct. 10.

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