Henderson avoided numerous submission attempts in the first round before gaining control from the top and raining down punishment. In the second and third rounds Henderson’s superior wrestling played the deciding factor in his inevitable victory before Cerrone turned it on in the final two rounds to no avail, dropping the unanimous decision by a score of 48-47 on all three scorecards.
Henderson took home the WEC interim lightweight championship with the win, and made it a point to address WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner following the victory, exclaiming, “Jamie Varner, we got a date! Phoenix, Arizona! Let’s do it!”
When Varner had his chance on the mic he shared Benson’s enthusiasm on two separate aspects, stating, “Let’s do this in December, let’s do it whenever. I want this fight in my home state, where Ben trains, where I train. I want to do it in Phoenix, Arizona, so hopefully we can make that happen.”
With both men eager to prove that they are the true champion of 155 pounds in the WEC, and both anticipating a showdown in their backyard of Arizona; a showdown in the desert between the two in the near future seems unavoidable.
Also on the card was undefeated lightweight Dave Jansen who improved to 13-0 with a unanimous decision victory over Rich Crunkilton.
The biggest shocker of the night came when WEC newcomer Mackens Semerzier pulled off the first round triangle submission over top rated featherweight and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Wagnney Fabiano, who was on an eight fight win streak just prior to the upset defeat.
A full list of the results from the event are below:
Benson Henderson def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision
Dave Jansen def. Rich Crunkilton via unanimous decision
Rafel Assuncao def. Yves Jabouin via split decision
Damacio Page def. Will Campuzano via submission (rear-naked choke) – round 1
Anthony Njokuani def. Muhsin Corbbrey via TKO (strikes) – round 2
Scott Jorgensen def. Noah Thomas via TKO (strikes) – round 1
Mackens Semerzier def. Wagnney Fabiano via submission (triangle choke) – round 1
Eddie Wineland def. Manny Tapia via unanimous decision
Charlie Valencia def. Coty Wheeler via unanimous decision
Deividas Taurosevicius def. Javier Vazquez via split decision