WEC 45 took place earlier this evening at the The Pearl at The Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the night’s main event, Donald Cerrone took on Ed Ratliff in a lightweight contest.
Chris Horodecki made his WEC debut against Anthony Njokuani.
Joseph Benavidez squared off against Rani Yahya in a bantamweight bout.
Scott Jorgensen and Takeya Mizugaki met in a bantamweight contest.
Results, thoughts and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Donald Cerrone defeats Ed Ratcliff via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Three
- Anthony Njokuani defeats Chris Horodecki via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Joseph Benavidez defeats Rani Yahya via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Scott Jorgensen defeats Takeya Mizugaki via Unanimous Decision
- Bart Palaszewski defeats Anthony Pettis via Split Decision
- Zach Micklewright defeats Muhsin Corbbrey via Unanimous Decision
- Chad George defeats John Hosman via Unanimous Decision
- Brandon Visher defeats Courtney Buck via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Brad Pickett defeats Kyle Dietz via Submission (Peruvian Necktie) in Round Two
- Erik Koch defeats Jameel Massouh via Unanimous Decision
Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki: Scott Jorgensen was on point tonight. He rocked Mizugaki twice in the first round and stayed one step ahead of him for the first two rounds. The third was closer, but Jorgenson scored enough on the feet and with takedowns to pull out the decision.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Rani Yahya: This was a quick one. After a few exchanges to open the round, Joseph Benavidez drills Rani Yahya with a right hand he won’t remember tomorrow. Benavidez pounced and rained down bombs forcing the ref to stop it. Good win for Benavidez who’s coming off his first loss.
Chris Horodecki vs. Anthony Njokuani : Holy smokes, never turn your back to Anthony Njokuani. He will smoke you and that’s exactly what he did to Chris Horodecki. Njokuani had Horodecki on the ground, Horodecki scrambled to his feet and nonchalantly walked away to reset himself. Well, Njokuani followed and drilled him with a right head kick flooring Horodecki who never saw it coming. Horodecki somehow stayed conscious, but all that did was invite Njokuani to beat his head in some more. Mazzagatti eventually stopped it, but I’m sure he’ll get another healthy dose of criticism for not stopping it sooner.
Donald Cerrone vs. Ed Ratcliff : Someone buy Ed Ratcliff a Nutty Buddy for Xmas. That poor kid got drilled in the nuts three times care of Donald Cerrone’s knees. Nut shots aside. Cowboy battered Ratcliff with punches, kicks, knees, you name it. The low blows cost him two points on the scorecards, so despite the fact that he was winning, there was a very good chance he would lose a decision. Cowboy didn’t let it get that far though. He managed to take Ratcliff’s back in the third and choke him out.
Knockout of the Night: Anthony Njokuani
Submission of the Night: Brad Pickett
Fight of the Night: Donald Cerrone & Ed Ratcliff ($10,000 each), Takeya Mizugaki & Scott Jorgensen ($5,000 each)
Bonus info via MMA Junkie
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: TBA