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Jamie Varner not in UFC’s plans for expansion

Former lightweight champ Jamie Varner will not be joining the group of 155-pounders transferring their talents from WEC to the UFC based on the promotions merging into a single entity, as he has been cut from the roster after losing three of his last four fights with a draw being the lone exception in the bunch. He was most recently submitted in opening round of his bout against Shane Roller a little less than two weeks ago at WEC 53.

News of the 26-year old’s release was first reported by PunchDrunkGamer, where Varner stated, “I am ready for 2011 – there will be some changes in my game. It has been a nice ride with the WEC but its time for a change. Perhaps UFC will be in my future down the road… We shall see!”

Prior to the Arizona native’s recent run of bad luck in the ring he had emerged victorious in fifteen of his previous sixteen fights including success against Donald Cerrone, Marcus Hicks, and Rob McCullough in WEC. He is 16-4 in his career with only a single win brought about by the judges’ scorecards.

Had Varner crossed over from WEC to the UFC it would have been his second run in the organization after going 1-1 during a short stint in 2006-2007.

  • stone says:

    I never really liked Jamie Varner… Seems as if he always weazled his way through his wins


    He needs to switch camps-he has a ton of potential

  • Rece Rock says:

    with LW’s dropping like flys I guess Gilbert Melendez should have no problem finding decent fights… get on it SF.

  • Angry Mike says:

    There are more pink slips coming. Hopefully Varner and other WEC alums can catch on with Strikeforce, which could use more depth, imo.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i’d rather see these guys give bellator a chance, instead of fighting once, maybe twice per year for strikeforce and geting the $$$, show your worth and fight a possible 4 times in a few months for bellator. i’m guessing some of the bigger names wont risk losing to an unknown fighter as has happened a few times in bellator

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    ever since Varner got his retina detached with a knee to the shoulder i knew this day was coming. the guy is a clown and barely a step up from a can.


    I literally fell out of my chair upon reading your post cocoon-it just goes to show you how much talent there is nowadays


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