World Extreme Cagefighting yesterday released a statement confirming their rumored decision to delay the upcoming “Cerrone vs. Henderson” event. Not only will 43 be swung from September 2 to October 10, but the scheduled location of Youngstown, Ohio is also no longer a favored spot.
While WEC cites an injured Henderson as the reason for delay, there is likely much more going on behind the scenes. Last week, it surfaced that Versus (the television home for WEC) is in a dispute with service provider Direct TV. The Versus contract with DTV ends September 1, a day prior to when Cerrone and Henderson would throw down.
While the entire fight card will remain intact despite the time and location changes, this further lends credibility to thoughts that the organization anticipated Versus difficulties and may have notified fighters and their camps that Youngstown would be a no-go.
Also one can keep in mind that an event under this banner has not been rescheduled due to injury. In such situations, a replacement has always been secured in a “show must go on” spirit.
We will continue to monitor WEC 43 developments and keep you informed as to a final time, day, location and channel that will see the interim lightweight title contested.