As previously reported, lightweight contenders Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson will square off on Wednesday, September 2 in Youngstown, Ohio in the main event of WEC 43 to crown an interim lightweight champion with 155-pound title-holder Jamie Varner sidelined with a lingering broken hand, according to MMA Weekly:
The bout agreements have been issued and both fighters are expected to sign for the fight, which will mark the WEC’s first appearance in the state of Ohio, and the first major MMA show to hit the city of Youngstown.
The show is expected to emanate from the Covelli Center in Youngstown, which plays home to Mahoney Valley Thunder, a semi-professional football team, and is the main arena in city for sporting and music events.
The fight between Cerrone and Henderson will serve as the main event for WEC 43 but at this time no other bouts have been determined for the September card.
The bout also marks the first time that the WEC has utilized an interim championship.
I was hopeful we’d see Mike Brown defend his featherweight title against Jose Aldo at this event as well, but Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith tells me he’s “been told 100% that [Brown] won’t be ready for the September WEC show”.
[Pictured: Ben Henderson]