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Jamie Varner says next title defense will be against Donald Cerrone

World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion Jamie Varner has revealed that his second-ever title defense will come against undefeated prospect Donald Cerrone. According to Varner, the title fight will take place during a WEC event tentatively scheduled for January 25 in San Diego.

The news comes courtesy of an exclusive report by Ariel Shnerer of The Fight Network, of which is a content partner of.

Varner made the revelation during Friday’s weigh-ins for XMMA 6 in Montreal, Canada. The former UFC veteran is at the event to corner Jesse Forbes, a teammate of Varner’s at Trevor and Todd Lally’s Arizona Combat Sports training center.

Varner, 15-2, has not competed since his successful first defense of the title at WEC 35 this past August. Facing Marcus Hicks, Varner was declared the victor following a TKO at 2:08 of round 1. He had won the title in his previous fight at WEC 32 in February, TKO’ing then-incumbent champ “Razor” Rob McCullough at 2:54 of round 3.

He’ll have his work cut out for himself against Cerrone, who improved his record to 9-0 following a unanimous decision win over McCullough this past Wednesday at WEC 36. The bout garnered “Fight of the Night” honors with both Cerrone and McCullough receiving $7,500 bonuses for the effort.

The 25-year old Colorado native has notable wins over current UFC fighter Ryan Roberts, former UFC veteran Nate Mohr, and prospect Jesse Brock, formerly of EliteXC.

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  • woooburn says:

    i read an interview cerrone the other day (i believe it was done the day after the fight), where he said he’d probably broken his hand, and wouldnt be able to fight for awhile. hopefully that wasnt the case, and this can happen as planned. should be a good scrap.

  • Jeff says:

    I like both of these guys a lot.

    Cerrone is tough as hell and his performance against Razor Rob certainly earned him a shot at Varner’s belt.

    Varner will take it, I believe, because he has more ways to win and can more than hang with Cerrone no matter where it goes.


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