Spiars' Quick Picks: WEC 43

Sterling SpiarsAnalyst IOctober 9, 2009

This Saturday, San Antonio, Texas will get their first taste of the WEC. In what was originally slated to be the highly-anticipated rematch between Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Jamie Varner for the WEC's lightweight championship, the match was scratched after Varner wasn't medically cleared to fight.

Thus, the fight between Donald Cerrone and Benson Henderson came to be, in a battle for an interim championship that was created because of Varner's dragged out recovery.

This card will also feature a crew of familiar faces, as well as some new up-and-coming contenders.



Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson—Benson Henderson

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is the hands-down favorite to win this fight. His muay thai is incredibly crisp, and with his ability to find his opponent's rhythm makes it that much more dangerous. Cerrone also brings in an incredible submission attack from all positions on the mat. With a Greg Jackson game-plan backing him up, it seems a victory for Cerrone is in the bank.

However, Benson Henderson is one of WEC's fastest rising stars who is constantly improving with every fight. Henderson's striking may be a bit under-estimated, considering that he usually uses it to obtain a clinch where he scores a take-down. Henderson is very strong and has a considerable advantage when it comes to grappling, well, that is one's opinion.

Another thing to consider is that in any promotion for the fight, Cerrone mentions Varner's name every time. It's hard to believe that Cerrone will be completely focused on Henderson, especially if Jamie Varner is in attendance.


Dave Jansen vs. Richard Crunkilton Jr.—Dave Jansen

Richard Crunkilton Jr. will attempt to make his WEC comeback after a lay-off of over a year due to an undisclosed injury. Crunkilton's main attack will be his wrestling and ground-and-pound, but he has some skills in the submission game as well. One element to look out for is how will Crunkilton deal with the ring rust.

Fighting out of Team Quest, Dave Jansen comes into this fight boasting a perfect record of 13-0. He is a very solid wrestler and Jansen only gets better as he continues to train with Dan Henderson. Jansen also carries a very aggressive striking game that may catch Crunkilton off guard.


Rafael Assuncao vs. Yves Jabouin—Rafael Assuncao

Yves Jabouin is set to make his WEC debut, fighting out of the Tri Star camp with the likes of Georges St. Pierre and David Loiseau. With 11 of his victories coming by way of knock-out combined with the solid coaching of Firas Zahabi, it's hard to count out the Canadian striker.

Rafael Assuncao looks to keep his momentum flowing up the featherweight ladder, knowing a win could leave him one step away from the title shot. Assuncao brings in a patient and efficient jiu jitsu attack, and his ever-improving muay thai matches up with the aggressive attack of Jabouin.


Will Campuzano vs. Damacio Page—Damacio Page

Will Campuzano is also set to make his WEC debut, coming in undefeated at 6-0. Campuzano is very light on his feet, where he patiently utilizes his jab and leg kicks. Although he has two submission victories, Campuzano prefers to keep it standing. He only finds himself on his back after struggling with the clinch.

Damacio Page looks to improve his WEC record to 3-1. Page is probably licking his chops at the chance to stand and bang with Campuzano, where he will likely have an advantage as his strikes are quick and brutal. Page's secret weapon is a solid wrestling background, so he should feel comfortable in any area that this fight goes. Oh yeah, he also fights out of Jackson's MMA, enough said.



Muhsin Corbbrey vs. Anthony Njokuani- Anthony Njokuani

Scott Jorgensen vs. Noah Thomas- Scott Jorgensen

Wagnney Fabiano vs. Mackens Semerzier- Wagnney Fabiano

Manny Tapia vs. Eddie Wineland- Eddie Wineland

Charlie Valencia vs. Coty Wheeler- Coty Wheeler

Deividas Taurosevicius vs. Javier Vazquez- Javier Vazquez