WEC 43 presents us with an interesting match up this weekend when Ben Henderson takes on Donald Cerrone for the WEC lightweight interim title. There's a lot of history in this fight actually coming to fruiting. Cerrone was originally supposed to face Jamie Varner, but Varner was out with injuries. Then Cerrone was supposed to fight Henderson earlier this year, but Henderson got injured which caused WEC 43 to be moved to the October 10th date. Both fighters come in with only one blemish on their records.
Henderson was KO'ed early in his career, but has since reeled off 8 consecutive wins while finishing all but one of those opponents with a nice mixture of submission and TKO wins. Henderson comes in with a strong wrestling background, but it's clear he's versed in submissions as well. However, he'll be giving up some reach to Cerrone who stands close to six feet tall.
Cerrone comes into this fight with the technical split decision loss to current champion Jamie Varner. Cerrone was able to put away James Krause at WEC 41 via submission. Cerrone is well rounded possessing strong muay thai skills, and is also well versed in submissions with 90% of his wins coming via that method. Cerrone has an excellent chin and is willing to go wherever the fight takes him.
Both fighters have one common opponent in up an comer Anthony Njokuani, who is also fighting at WEC 43 against Muhsin Corbbrey. Both Henderson and Cerrone were able to submit Njokuani for the victory. I think Cerrone's length is going to be a big hurdle for Henderson to overcome both standing and on the ground. Cerrone is a big favorite to win and I think he'll be able to put Henderson away via TKO. How do you see the fight playing out?