World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) finished out the 2009 fight season with an event that delivered on every level, even though it may have lacked big name star power.
WEC 45: "Cerrone vs. Ratcliff," however, went head-to-head with Strikeforce: "Evolution," falling short in the ratings war between the rivals. Nonetheless, ratings are just one side of the coin -- the rest of the notable facts and figures are now in, which makes it easier to measure true success.
The Dec. 19 event held at "The Pearl" in Las Vegas tallied a gate of $102,700, with ticket sales falling just short of the millennium-mark, coming in at 926, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director, Keith Kizer.
In addition, the complimentary ticket mark fell just short of the actual sales at 815, while 450 tickets went unsold.
WEC 45 featured a lightweight bout between Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Ed "9MM" Ratcliff in the main event of the evening. It earned "Fight of the Night" honors along with the battle between 135-pound studs Takeya Mizugaki and Scott "Young Guns" Jorgensen.