It appears as though current WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner may be forced to the sidelines indefinitely.
According to a recent report on Vindy.com, WEC founder and general manager Reed Harris said that Varner may never fight again due to the broken foot and hand sustained in his previous bout with Donald Cerrone.
That match-up was cut short when Cerrone struck a downed Varner in the face with an illegal knee in the fifth round. When it was ruled that the defending champion was unable to continue, the fight went to the scorecards where Varner came away with the split decision victory.
It has been reported that the WEC plans to strip Varner of his title shortly.
A previously announced bout between Cerrone and has bee promoted to a title fight to determine the new WEC lightweight champion.
The fight will be the main event at WEC 43 which is set for September 2 in Youngstown, Ohio.
**Reed Harris has recently stated in a report on MMAJunkie.com that his comments were taken out of context in the report by Vindy.com and that Varner would not be stripped unless his injuries prevented him from returning to action.
“Jamie is not stripped of the title,” Harris was quoted as saying. “We’re all hoping Jamie can come back later this year and defend his title against whoever wins the interim title.”
Cerrone vs. Henderson will be for the interim championship.