Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr.
In the night’s main event, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone defeated Ed “9MM” Ratcliffe in the third round via rear naked choke. Cerrone lost two points in the first two rounds due to illegal low blows that appeared to slow Ratcliff considerably. Cerrone—known for being a notoriously slow starter—kept the pressure on from the opening bell, pressing the action.
The second and third rounds saw the former 155-pound number one contender open up his striking with punches and leg kicks that repeatedly found their mark. When the fight hit the mat, it was all “Cowboy” all the time, as he easily took the back of Ratcliff and sunk in the rear naked choke, much to the crowd’s delight. The official time of the bout was 3:47.
In other action, Anthony Njokuani defeated Chris Horodecki with strikes at 3:33 seconds in round one.
Joseph Benavidez knocked out Rani Yahya at 1:35 in the opening round.
Scott Jorgensen put on a dominant performance over former 135-pound number one contender Takeya Mizugaki. Jorgensen earned a 29-28 unanimous decision victory in the night’s first main card bout.
Anthony Pettis was handed his first loss via split decision in a three round battle with Bart Palaszewski.
Zach Micklewright bullied Mushin Corbbrey around for three rounds in his WEC debut, earning a unanimous decision victory. All three judges saw the fight the same, and scoring it 30-27 for Micklewright.
Chad George used superior wrestling to control John Hosman en route to a 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
Brandon Visher used a series of devastating hammer fists to knock out Courtney Buck at 4:46 of round one.
Brad Pickett defeated Kyle Dietz with a Peruvian Necktie in the second round.
In the first bout on the main card, Erik Koch defeated Jameel Massouh via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.