WEC 43

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WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson
A poster or logo for WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson.
Promotion World Extreme Cagefighting
Date October 10, 2009
Venue AT&T Center
City San Antonio, Texas
Attendance 5,176[1]
Total gate $297,990[1]
Event chronology
WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo

WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson was a mixed martial arts event held by World Extreme Cagefighting on October 10, 2009 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.[2]


The event was scheduled to take place on September 2, 2009 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. However, due to headliner Benson Henderson having eye surgery, the event was later rescheduled.[3]

The main event was expected to be a WEC Lightweight Championship bout between current champion Jamie Varner and challenger Donald Cerrone. This was to be a rematch of their bout at WEC 38 which ended in a controversial technical split decision, but Varner was deemed medically unable to return to competition. Instead, the WEC had Cerrone face Benson Henderson, for the WEC Interim Lightweight Championship, with the winner fighting Varner in a title unification bout when he was medically cleared. The Varner/Cerrone rematch would later take place at WEC 51 the following year (though after Varner lost the title), where Cerrone won by unanimous decision.

A previously announced bout between Alex Karalexis and Anthony Pettis has been cancelled due to an injury suffered by Karalexis while training.[4] The fight was rescheduled for WEC 48, where Pettis won via submission.

Mark Hominick was expected to face Deividas Taurosevičius at the event, but was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by Javier Vazquez.[5]

Erik Koch was expected to face Wagnney Fabiano at the event, but was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Mackens Semerzier.[6]

Rafael Rebello was originally scheduled to face Scott Jorgensen at this event, but was removed from the bout and replaced by Noah Thomas.[7]

Akitoshi Tamura was expected to compete against Damacio Page at this event, but was pulled from the card due to injury and replaced by WEC newcomer Will Campuzano.[8]

The event drew an estimated 419,000 viewers on Versus.[9]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Benson Henderson def Donald Cerrone Decision (unanimous) (48–47, 48–47, 48–47) 5 5:00 [a]
Lightweight Dave Jansen def Richard Crunkilton Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Raphael Assunção def Yves Jabouin Decision (split) (30–27, 27–30, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Damacio Page def Will Campuzano Submission (rear naked choke) 1 1:02
Preliminary card
Lightweight Anthony Njokuani def Muhsin Corbbrey TKO (punches) 2 1:42
Bantamweight Scott Jorgensen def Noah Thomas KO (punches) 1 3:13 [b]
Featherweight Mackens Semerzier def Wagnney Fabiano Submission (triangle choke) 1 2:14 [c]
Bantamweight Eddie Wineland def Manny Tapia Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Charlie Valencia def Coty Wheeler Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Deividas Taurosevičius def Javier Vazquez Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the Interim Lightweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout was aired on the live broadcast.
  3. ^ This bout was aired on the live broadcast.

Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $10,000 bonuses, with the Fight of the Night earners having their bonuses doubled to $20,000 each.[10]

  • Fight of the Night: United States Donald Cerrone vs. United States Benson Henderson
  • Knockout of the Night: Nigeria Anthony Njokuani
  • Submission of the Night: United States Mackens Semerzier

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