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Jamie Varner will be stripped of belt (Updated)

Jamie Varner

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.

8 COMMENTS
  • Bad Monkey says:

    Rock on. Sucks for Varner, but I love watching Cerrone fight. Good to see him get his shot at the title.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    “Stripping” him of the title sounds harsh. Why not let Varner retire, or step down or something like that? Maybe there’s more to the story, but this sounds punitive.

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  • edub says:

    I agree mike. Something fishy is goin on here.

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  • Jstew3785 says:

    Reed Harris’ comments were taken out of context. Varner will not be stripped of the belt and they fully expect him to return later this year for a unification of the belts. He would only be stripped if he cannot return to action. This fight is still for the interim title.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    @Jstew3785

    That’s more like it. It may be a risk on the part of WEC, though. If Cerrone loses, a re-matchwith Varner wouldn’t make sense even though everybody wants it to happen.

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  • edub says:

    Ah so was the report just from bogus info?… yea i just used bogus.

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  • cocoonofhorror says:

    actually, Cerrone struck the downed Varner with a knee to the shoulder, which detached Varner’s retina. lmao.

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  • MMAMoneyLine says:

    WEC’s Lightweight division is in desperate need of some depth. Take Cerrone and Varner away and who do you have left?

    Tough news for Varner…I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he returns to MMA sooner than later.

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