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WEC 48: Ben Henderson defends belt quickly, taps out Cerrone

Maggie Hendricks
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In their last bout, Ben Henderson took five rounds to defeat Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. It took him only 1:57 at WEC 48 Saturday in Sacramento, winning with a guillotine and holding onto his lightweight championship belt.

Henderson started with a strong clinch, landing knees on Cerrone's head before taking the fight to the ground. Cerrone left his head a bit too available to Henderson, who took advantage with a tight guillotine, causing Cerrone to tap.

Henderson has an impressive record in the WEC, beating every fighter that's been put in front of him. That streak includes two wins over Cerrone, a title win over Jamie Varner, a TKO of Shane Roller and submission of Anthony Njokuani. His last loss was in December of 2006.

Cerrone, on the other hand, suffered his third loss in five fights. All three losses came in title bouts. Cerrone was impressive in his losses to Henderson (twice) and Jamie Varner. Perhaps his next step is a grudge match with Varner, after Varner fights Kamal Shalorus.

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