Not one to sit back and wait for something to happen, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone gets right back on the horse following a close decision loss to Ben Henderson at WEC 43. He returns to action on Dec. 19 to face dangerous lightweight Ed “9mm” Ratcliff at WEC 45 in Las Vegas.
The bout was first reported by Sherdog.com and has since been confirmed independently by MMAWeekly.com. Sources close to the fight advised bout agreements have been issued and should be signed shortly.
Cerrone (10-2), now 3-2 in the WEC with one no contest, hopes to get right back into title contention with a win over a very tough
opponent in Ratcliff. Training out of Greg Jackson’s New Mexico academy, Cerrone has long been considered one of the toughest lightweights in the sport.
Ratcliff (7-1) returns to action after a decision win over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Phil Cardella in his last fight. Ratcliff was undefeated until running into former top WEC lightweight contender Marcus Hicks in March 2008.
Following the loss, Ratcliff dealt with injuries that kept him sidelined until August when he came back with the win over Cardella.
The bout between Cerrone and Ratcliff will likely be one of the main fights on the card, although no headline has been announced by the
promotion at this point. Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more information on this card as it becomes available.