WEC 45

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WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff
WEC 45 Donald Cerrone vs. Ed Ratcliff 2 poster.jpg
The poster for WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff.
PromotionWorld Extreme Cagefighting
DateDecember 19, 2009
VenueThe Pearl at The Palms
CityParadise, Nevada
Total gate$102,700
Event chronology
WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson

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.[1] 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.[2]


Damacio Page was originally slated to face Takeya Mizugaki at this event, but was pulled from the card and replaced by Scott Jorgensen.[3]

Mackens Semerzier was once linked to a bout with Erik Koch at this event, but it was later confirmed that Koch would instead be facing Jameel Massouh.[4]

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.[5] The Visher/Toner bout was rescheduled for WEC 48 the following April, where Toner won via TKO.

David Smith was supposed to make his WEC debut against John Hosman at this event, but was later pulled from the card due to injury and replaced by fellow WEC newcomer Chad George.[6]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
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
Preliminary card
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
  1. ^ This bout was aired on the live broadcast after the Benavidez/Yahya bout.
  2. ^ This bout was aired on the live broadcast after the Njokuani/Horodecki bout.

Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $10,000 bonuses.[7]

  • Fight of the Night: United States Donald Cerrone vs. United States Ed Ratcliff
  • Knockout of the Night: Nigeria Anthony Njokuani
  • Submission of the Night: England Brad Pickett

Fighters were awarded $5,000 bonuses.[7]

  • Second Fight of the Night: JapanTakeya Mizugaki vs. United States Scott Jorgensen

Reported payout[edit]

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.[8]

  • 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

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "WEC 45:Cerrone vs. Ratcliff".www.wec.tv/index.cfm
  2. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/events/wec-45-cerrone-vs-ratcliff
  3. ^ "Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki added to "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff"". Archived from the original on 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
  4. ^ "Erik Koch meets Jameel Massouh, not Mackens Semerzier, at WEC 45 in December".
  5. ^ "With Tyler Toner scratched, Brandon Visher gets Courtney Buck at WEC 45 (Updated)". Archived from the original on 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  6. ^ "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff" fight card complete with 10 bouts for Dec. 19".
  7. ^ a b "WEC 45 bonuses: Cerrone, Ratcliff, Jorgensen, Mizugaki share "Fight of the Night"". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
  8. ^ "WEC 45 salaries: Benavidez and Cerrone earn top fighter paydays". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved December 21, 2009.