by MMAWeekly.com Staff
World Extreme Cagefighting on Thursday announced a lightweight showdown between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Ed Ratcliff would headline its Dec. 19 event at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff should narrow the field of challengers in the promotion’s lightweight division. Anthony Njokuani and Chris Horodecki will battle in another lightweight bout as part of the fight card.

“Four of our top lightweights are going to be competing on Dec. 19, each with his sights set on securing a coveted shot at the world title,” WEC general manager Reed Harris said. “Cerrone vs. Ratcliff has the potential to be an explosive standup war. We can expect much of the same from Njokuani and Horodecki as well. This is the perfect holiday gift for fans.”

In addition to the lightweight fights, two of the world’s Top 10 bantamweights will be in action. In an interesting clash of styles, submission ace Rani Yahya will lock horns with the speedy Joseph Benavidez.

“On Dec. 19, we are showcasing two of the world’s most dynamic bantamweights,” Harris said. “Benavidez-Yahya has the potential to steal the show. We are really excited to bring this card to The Palms.”

WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Henderson will be televised live nationally on the Versus network beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.