|WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff|
The poster for WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff.
|Promotion||World Extreme Cagefighting|
|Date||December 19, 2009|
|Venue||The Pearl at The Palms|
WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff was a mixed martial arts event held by World Extreme Cagefighting that took place on December 19, 2009 at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas. It marked the first time the WEC has held back-to-back events at The Pearl at The Palms. The event drew an estimated 330,000 viewers on Versus.
Debuting featherweights Brandon Visher and Tyler Toner were scheduled to face each other at this event, but Toner was removed from the event and replaced by fellow WEC newcomer Courtney Buck. The Visher/Toner bout was rescheduled for WEC 48 the following April, where Toner won via TKO.
|Lightweight||Donald Cerrone||def||Ed Ratcliff||Submission (rear-naked choke)||3||3:47|
|Lightweight||Anthony Njokuani||def||Chris Horodecki||TKO (strikes)||1||3:33|
|Bantamweight||Joseph Benavidez||def||Rani Yahya||TKO (punches)||1||1:35|
|Bantamweight||Scott Jorgensen||def||Takeya Mizugaki||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Bart Palaszewski||def||Anthony Pettis||Decision (split) (30–27, 28-29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Zach Micklewright||def||Muhsin Corbbrey||Decision (split) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Chad George||def||John Hosman||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Brandon Visher||def||Courtney Buck||KO (punches)||1||4:45||[a]|
|Bantamweight||Brad Pickett||def||Kyle Dietz||Submission (Peruvian necktie)||2||4:36||[b]|
|Featherweight||Erik Koch||def||Jameel Massouh||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
- This bout was aired on the live broadcast after the Benavidez/Yahya bout.
- This bout was aired on the live broadcast after the Njokuani/Horodecki bout.
Fighters were awarded $10,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Donald Cerrone vs. Ed Ratcliff
- Knockout of the Night: Anthony Njokuani
- Submission of the Night: Brad Pickett
Fighters were awarded $5,000 bonuses.
The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the WEC and also do not include the WEC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.
- Donald Cerrone: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Ed Ratcliff: $9,000
- Anthony Njokuani: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Chris Horodecki: $12,000
- Joseph Benavidez: $25,000 ($12,500 win bonus) def. Rani Yahya: $9,000
- Scott Jorgensen: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus) def. Takeya Mizugaki: $8,000
- Bart Palaszewski: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Pettis: $3,000
- Zach Micklewright: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus) def. Muhsin Corbbrey: $4,000
- Chad George: $5,000 ($2,000 win bonus) def. John Hosman: $3,000
- Brandon Visher: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Courtney Buck: $3,000
- Brad Pickett: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Dietz: $2,000
- Erik Koch: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus) def. Jameel Massouh: $3,000
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- List of World Extreme Cagefighting champions
- List of WEC events
- 2009 in WEC
- "WEC 45:Cerrone vs. Ratcliff".www.wec.tv/index.cfm
- "Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki added to "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff"".
- "Erik Koch meets Jameel Massouh, not Mackens Semerzier, at WEC 45 in December".
- "With Tyler Toner scratched, Brandon Visher gets Courtney Buck at WEC 45 (Updated)".
- "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff" fight card complete with 10 bouts for Dec. 19".
- "WEC 45 bonuses: Cerrone, Ratcliff, Jorgensen, Mizugaki share "Fight of the Night"". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
- "WEC 45 salaries: Benavidez and Cerrone earn top fighter paydays". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved December 21, 2009.