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.