FIGHT! Facts: WEC 45 Cerrone vs. Ratcliff


Zuffa closed out a busy 2009 with a strong WEC card. There were no title fights or huge names on the card but the action was what fans have come to expect from the little guys. Below you’ll find results for each fight, a recap of our FIGHT! Picks and the bonuses awarded to fighters. Check back later today for additional coverage and photo galleries.


Erik Koch def. Jameel Massouh by unanimous decision.
Brad Pickett def. Kyle Dietz via Peruvian neck-tie at 4:36 of round two.
Brandon Visher def. Courtney Buck by TKO at 4:45 of round one.
Chad George def. John Hosman by unanimous decision.
Zach Micklewright def. Muhsin Corbbrey by unanimous decision.
Bart Palaszewski def. Anthony Pettis by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28).
Scott Jorgensen def. Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision.
FIGHT! Pick: Jorgensen.
Joseph Benavidez def. Rani Yahya by TKO at 1:35 of round one.
FIGHT! Pick: Yahya.
Anthony Njokuani def. Chris Horodecki by TKO at 3:33 of round one.
FIGHT! Pick: Njokuani.
Donald Cerrone def. Ed Ratcliff via rear-naked choke at 3:47 of round three.
FIGHT! Pick: Cerrone.


Six fighters took home bonus checks last night as Donald Cerrone, Ed Ratcliff, Scott Jorgensen, and Takeya Mizugaki all earned “Fight of the Night” nods, Anthony Njokuani picked up “Knockout of the Night” for his finish of former International Fight League standout Chris Horodecki, and Brad Pickett earned “Submission of the Night.” bonus, and Cerrone and Ratcliff each cashed a “Fight of the Night” check for their performances. All traditional bonuses were in the amount of $10,000; Jorgensen and Mizugaki’s second “Fight of the Night” award was worth a smooth $5,000 to each fighter.

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