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MattHughesRocks 08-25-2009 06:52 AM

WEC moved to October 10
Monday, August 24, 2009 - by Ken Pishna (Additional reporting by Damon Martin)

WEC 43, originally slated for Sept. 2 in Youngstown, Ohio, has hit a bit of a snag and will be pushed back to Oct. 10 and moved to a different venue. The fight card, however, will remain intact with a main event bout pitting Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone against Ben Henderson to declare a WEC interim lightweight champion.

In fact, the main event remaining intact was a key reason for the delay.

According to Ben Henderson’s manager, Jason Genet, “(Henderson) had a slight physical issue that he had to deal with and the WEC and Cerrone were gracious enough to give us a little more time to make sure he’s 100-percent ready.”

Genet said that he would rather not discuss the specifics of the injury.

Cerrone told, “It sucks that we can’t do it on Sept. 2 like we planned, but I’m just glad that we’re still gonna do it in October. I bet (current WEC lightweight champion Jamie) Varner is excited he gets to hold onto his belt a little bit longer.”

WEC officials were not immediately available for comment at the time of publication, but later issued a press release confirming the postponement and a change of venue.

“An injury to main event fighter Ben Henderson forced the postponement of the event. The entire card has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, at a venue to be announced at a later date,” read the statement.

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