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World Extreme Cagefighting closes out 2009 with a bang, as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Ed “9mm” Ratcliff headline WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff in Las Vegas.

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The first preliminary bout is scheduled to being at 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET, and the main card, which airs on Versus, begins at 7:00 p.m./10:00pm ET.

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-Donald Cerrone vs. Ed Ratcliff

R1 – Cerrone rushes across the cage and clinches. They separate and Ratcliff using his speed to land shots. Leg kicks by Ratcliff. Cerrone clinches. They separate and Ratcliff shows his hand speed again. They clinch. Ratcliff winning the exchanges, but Cerrone lands a knee to the head in the clinch. Ratcliff’s pace slows with 90 seconds in the round. In the clinch Cerrone lands a low knee that didn’t seem to land on the groin on the replay. The fight is restarted. Cerrone pressing the pace. Another low blow by Cerrone that definitely landed low with a knee inside the clinch. Referee Herb Dean takes a point from Cerrone. On the restart Cerrone gets aggressive and a takedown. The round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores it 9-9.

R2 – Cerrone gaining confidence and landing kicks to the body and legs. Ratcliff is backing up instead of moving forward this round. Cerrone working kicks to the legs, the body and high kicks. They clinch and Cerrone lands a low knee. The action is stopped again. Ratcliff given time to recover and it’s restarted. Referee Herb Dean takes another point from Cerrone. Greg Jackson in Cerrone’s corner says no knees anymore. Cerrone really gets aggressive throwing flying knees and landing combinations. Ratcliff caught a kick and fires a right hand down the middle that lands. Cerrone works submissions as the round ends possibly saving Ratcliff from a guillotine. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 9-9.

R3 – After an initial exchange, they clinch but quickly separate. The crowd chants “Cowboy.” Cerrone gets the takedown and the referee stands them up because Cerrone grabbed the fence. A warning was issued. Cerrone with two kicks to the body. Ratcliff has no answer for Cerrone’s kicks. They’re clinched along the cage at the half way mark. Cerrone pulls Ratcliff to the canvas and takes his back where he slaps on a reverse triangle. Ratcliff somehow escapes but Cerrone takes his back and works for a rear naked choke. Ratcliff works had defending but is forced to tap.

Donald Cerrone def. Ed Ratcliff by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:47, R3

-Chris Horodecki vs. Anthony Njokuani

R1 – Horodecki comes out throwing kicks and punches but Njokuani avoids all of it before landing a jab. Horodecki clinches but takes a hard knee to the body in the process. They clinch along the cage where Horodecki works for a takedown. They separate and stand with each picking when to exchange but neither doing much. They go to the round but get back up immediately. Horodecki turns and runs away and Njokuani lands a high kick dropping Horodecki. He finishes Horodecki off on the ground.

Anthony Njokuani def. Chris Horodecki by TKO at 3:33, R1

-Joseph Benavidez vs. Rani Yahya

R1 – Yahya lands the first blow with an outside leg kick. They exchange bombs but neither land. Yahya with a jab. Benavidez rushes in with a flurry that misses. Benavidez lands a right hand that drops Yahya and follows him to the ground where he finishes.

Joseph Benavidez def. Rani Yahya by KO at 1:35, R1

-Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki

R1 – They touch cloves. They clinch and Jorgensen lands a right hand that sends Mizugaki to the canvas. Jorgensen pounces on him and applies a guillotine but Mizugaki escapes and they two are back on their feet clinched along the cage. They exchange knees to the body before Jorgensen takes him down after catching a high knee, but Mizugaki immediately gets back to his feet. A combination to the body by Mizugaki. Jorgensen hurts him with a right and drops him with another. Mizugaki recovers but gives up his back before standing back up. They clinch and the round ends as they separate. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-8 for Jorgensen.

R2 – They come out throwing heavy punches and Jorgensen takes him down with a double leg. Mizugaki works back to his feet where they clinch against the fence working for position and exchanging knees. Referee Herb Dean separates them. Mizugaki throwing combinations and Jorgensen takes him down but Mizugaki again immediately bounces back up. Jorgensen lands short shots as they clinch landing an elbow. Mizugaki separates and lands body shots but Jorgensen takes him down with a powerful double leg. Mizugaki again bounces back up. The round ends with them clinched. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Jorgensen.

R3 – R3 – They stand and trade for the first thirty seconds before Jorgensen ties him up. They separate and stand toe-to-toe. The pace slows in the final three minutes. Jorgensen shoots in and a scramble ensues resulting in them standing where Mizugaki scores a takedown. Mizugaki passes to side control and has Jorgensen in a crucifix momentarily before Jorgensen gets out and back to his feet. Mizugaki with a big slam and lands knees to the body on the ground. Mizugaki lets loose in the final seconds. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki.

-Scott Jorgensen def. Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


WEC 45 Main Bouts (on Versus):
-Donald Cerrone def. Ed Ratcliff by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:47, R3
-Anthony Njokuani def. Chris Horodecki by TKO at 3:33, R1
-Joseph Benavidez def. Rani Yahya by KO at 1:35, R1
-Scott Jorgensen def. Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

WEC 45 Preliminary Bouts (non-televised):
-Bart Palaszewski def. Anthony Pettis by Split Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), R3
-Zach Micklewright def. Muhsin Corbbrey by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Chad George def. John Hosman by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Brandon Visher def. Courtney Buck by TKO at 4:45, R1
-Brad Pickett def. Kyle Dietz by Submission (Peruvian Neck Tie Choke) at 4:36, R1
-Erik Koch def. Jameel Massouh by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3