Two Title Bouts Announced for WEC 53

Ben Henderson and Dominick Cruz will make title defenses against Anthony Pettis and Scott Jorgensen, respectively, at WEC 53 on Dec. 16 in Glendale, Ariz., the WEC announced Monday.

The event at the Jobing.com Arena will mark the first time the WEC -- and Zuffa -- has promoted a card in Arizona, a location determined by fans through AMP Energy's "Hometown Takedown Contest".

Henderson (12-1) signed the fight last week to make official the lightweight title defense in front of his hometown fans. He's 5-0 in the WEC and has been victorious in his last 11 fights. In April, Henderson submitted Donald Cerrone with a guillotine choke to retain the belt on WEC 's first pay-per-view at WEC 48. His opponent Pettis (12-1), a 23-year-old out of Duke Roufus' gym in Milwaukee, Wisc., is coming off three straight wins over Danny Castillo, Alex Karalexis and Shane Roller all in 2010.

The run-and-gun Cruz (16-1) broke out earlier this year by capturing the WEC bantamweight title away from Brian Bowles by TKO and in August retained the belt against Joseph Benavidez in a split decision. At the same August event at WEC 50, Jorgensen (11-3) defeated Brad Pickett to claim the No. 1 contender spot. A fighter out of his own Twisted Genetiks team, Jorgensen has won all five of his fights since October 2009.

WEC 53 will air on Versus at 9 p.m. ET.

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