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Interim WEC lightweight title fight between Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson in the works

Ben HendersonWith World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion Jamie Varner having revealed on his official Twitter account yesterday that he’s sustained another setback in his recovery from a broken hand, Yahoo! Sports has reported that WEC officials are considering introducing an interim lightweight title. has learned from sources that the WEC has engaged in preliminary talks to make a match between number one contender Donald Cerrone and up-and-coming prospect Benson Henderson with an interim 155 pound title at take.

The WEC has yet to confirm the potential matchup and an exact date has not been determined as of yet.

Cerrone, 10-1, has been patiently awaiting a rematch with Varner since losing a technical split decision on Jan. 25 at 3:10 of round 5. The tightly contested bout was shortened after an illegal foul brought a premature conclusion to the bout and sent the outcome to the hands of the judges before the round had completed.

Looking to stay active, Cerrone took a fight vs. James Krause at WEC 41 earlier this month and submitted Krause with a rear naked choke at 4:38 of round 1.

Meanwhile, Henderson improved to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the WEC following April’s first round TKO over former NCAA All-American Shane Roller at WEC 40. Henderson finished the talented prospect with punches at just 1:41 following the opening bell. The win proceeded his impressive WEC debut at WEC 38 in January that ended in victory for Henderson following a guillotine choke submission of Anthony Njokuani at 0:42 of round 2.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    sweet, that could be a fantastic fight. both looked good last fights. Ben Henderson has been really impressing me of late

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Me too. I think this will be a great fight as well. I see a 5 round war with Cerrone edging out a decision.

  • edub says:

    Battle of good fighters. However, this is the reason why i think the WEC shouldn’t have a 155lb title. Just make it a feeder league for the UFC.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    I agree. Not only should they eliminate the title, they should eliminate the 155lb class altogether and merge it with the UFC. That being said, this is still an awesome fight

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  • PlagueAngel says:

    Come on guys, don’t pull a Tito Ortiz and use emotion before you think of a statement and write it. Plus you should back it up with a few advantages to your argument. The 155 title is defended two to three times a year in the UFC. Plus the division is stacked and crowded in the UFC. The WEC should keep the 155 division because it enables more fights to happen in general at 155. Plus having a title just makes it more exciting for the fighters and the fans in the WEC. Think about it for a second and come up with pros and cons to elimatating the WEC 155. Doesn’t that feel better?

  • Patrickk says:

    I agree with PlagueAngel. What would they be fighting for if there wasn’t a title? There are so many great fighters at 155 they could even start up a 162-lbs. division just to get them some more exposure and also so a lot of them won’t have to sit around 6 or 7 months at a time before a fight. That will let some lighter welterweights trickle down there as well.


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