It appears that the WEC will have a unified lightweight champion on January 11th after champ Jaime Varner takes on interim title holder Ben Henderson at WEC 46 inside the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA. Although the bout had been heavily rumored for quite some time, Varner just confirmed the scrap moments ago via his Twitter account.
“So the cat is officially out of the bag Jan 10 I’m defending my title in sacremento against Ben Henderson,” Varner posted Monday afternoon.
Varner was last seen taking a controversial split decision over Donald Cerrone at WEC 38 earlier this year in San Diego, CA. The fight was stopped in the 5thRound due to an unintentional knee to Varner’s head.
Under the regulations of the California State Athletic Commission, a fight automatically goes to the judges’ score cards when unintentional strikes leave a fighter unable to continue, allowing Varner to retain his title.
Following the fight, Varner announced that he had broken his right hand and has been on the mend ever since. He was slated to rematch Cerrone at WEC 43 last month, however continued to have issues with his haymaker which forced the organization to manufacture an interim bout between Cerrone and Henderson.
The two sensational lightweights battled for five unforgettable rounds, warranting many to dub the contest as a potential Fight of the Year nominee. Henderson took a unanimous decision and walked out of the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas with WEC gold.
Former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber is also scheduled to participate in the event as he to be facing Raphael Assuncao in the night’s co-main event.