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Jamie Varner vs. Kamal Shalorus likely for WEC 48

Former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner will look to rebound after a tough loss to Ben Henderson by facing the undefeated Kamal Shalorous in a pivotal lightweight showdown on April 24 at the Arco Arena.

The fight is expected to take place on the main card of WEC 48 according to, along with two title fights for the WEC’s first foray into pay-per-view.

Varner returned from injuries in 2009 to face Ben Henderson in a title unifications bout at WEC 46 and lost to Henderson via submission in the third round. After the fight, Varner claimed that he came to fight while Henderson came to grapple, and hopefully he comes ready to grapple against Shalorous.

Shalorous is undefeated in his MMA career with two dominating victories in the WEC over Will Kerr and Dave Jensen. Shalorous represented Great Britain in the 2004 Olympics and made his MMA debut in 2008. A dominant victory over Varner could put him in line for a title shot against the winner of the Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson lightweight title rematch.

WEC 48 takes place on April 24 with Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber for the featherweight championship headlining.

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