Many MMA enthusiasts were expecting a war tonight between “Aldo vs. Faber” co-main eventers Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Benson “Smooth” Henderson. The two had met in a five-round classic at WEC 43, a bout which ended in Henderson earning a controversial unanimous decision to win the WEC interim lightweight title. Tonight's bout was far less controversial, as Henderson needed only 1:57 to submit Cerrone with a guillotine choke.
Henderson started the fight by scoring a takedown early in the first round. After nailing Cerrone with a couple of punches, the champion quickly secured a guillotine choke to submit the challenger. Henderson gave credit to hisjiu-jitsu coach, John Crouch, for the victory after the bout.
“I owe everything to him,” said Henderson. “He's taught every jiu-jitsu class I ever had.”
The bout was Henderson's first title defense since unifying the title by defeating then-champion Jamie Varner in January. With the win, Henderson improves his record to 12-1.