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Two more bouts announced for final WEC event in December

World Extreme Cagefighting has always been known for putting on entertaining events, and, with word of two new fights being added to the show, it appears likely the conclusion to their run as a promotion next month should offer proper tribute to that very reputation.

WEC 53, already announced as featuring a pair of title bouts, has added a quartet of lightweight contenders to its line-up in what will be a final audition for viewers prior to the group merging with the UFC’s star-studded 155-pound division in 2011.

According to the WEC itself, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Jamie Varner will be fighting on the card…but not against each other. Cerrone will face 23-year old Chris Horodecki at the Glendale event, while Arizona’s own Varner has been paired up with Shane Roller.

Cerrone is coming off a victory over the afore-mentioned Varner, while Horodecki has won back-to-back bouts and is 4-1 in his last five. Both are known for being fairly fearless strikers and should keep fans on their feet from start to finish as a result.

Not as fortunate in their previous outings, Varner and Roller will both be looking to right their proverbial ships when they mix it up in earlier main-card action. Roller lost via submission in the final seconds of his match-up with contender Anthony Pettis at WEC 50, while former WEC lightweight champ Varner hasn’t notched a win since barely out-pointing “The Cowboy” in a controversial result almost two years ago at WEC 38. Since then, in addition to Cerrone, he has fallen to current 155-pound title-holder Ben Henderson and drawn against Kamal Shalorus.

On top of the previously mentioned scraps, WEC 53 – set for December 16th – will also feature Henderson defending his belt against Pettis, as well as bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz putting his strap on the line against Scott Jorgensen.

  • as always the WEC looks as if it will deliver on this card. I think Cerrone should beat Horedecki but it’ll be good. With Jamie you never know, he looked great in the first round and a half with Ben, looked good against Shalorous and just looked like a deer in the headlights against the cowboy.

    I hope Roller owns him, but i doubt it.

  • Guthookd says:

    Alright. Varner is on his way out now. Not to bash the guy but I’ve never been impressed with his game and his attitude and everything else about him just makes me not want to see him ever again.

    Great looking card though. WEC, we’re going to miss you. Bellator will have to do.

  • Angry Mike says:

    This is really painful. I’m a huge fan of WEC, and I hate to see it go. Sadly, I don’t think any of these four fighters will last in UFC, and I wouldn’t be surprised if only Cerrone makes the initial cut. The UFC has plenty of mid-level fighters in all weight classes. As much as I enjoy watching all of these guys, even Varner, none of them is better than mid-level in the UFC.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I think it will take at least one UFC fight for WEC fighters with brand recognition to get cut, obviously they could do the rubber match with Varner and Cerrone make a couple of bucks before they release them… I think Zuffa gotta give well known WEC fighters atleast one shot…I think Undercards will be just as good as main cards for a while.


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