Don’t forget that today’s NFL Wild Card games will play the perfect lead-in to tonight’s “WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson” event inside the Arco Arena in Sacto, California. The evening’s main event will feature a WEC lightweight title unification fight between interim champ Ben Henderson and champ Jaimie Varner on Versus.
Varner was last seen taking a controversial split decision over Donald Cerrone at WEC 38 last January 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 for a rematch with Cerrone at WEC 43, however continued to have issues with his haymaker which forced the organization to manufacture an interim bout between Cerrone and Henderson, which turned out to be the surprise scrap of the 2009.
The two sensational lightweights battled for five unforgettable rounds, warranting many MMA pundits to dub the contest as a potential Fight of the Year. Henderson took a unanimous decision and walked out of the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas with WEC gold.
Here are the other fighters slated to participate in the evening’s event:
Will Campuzano vs. Coty Wheeler
George Roop vs. Eddie Wineland
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Clint Godfrey
Bryan Caraway vs. Mark Hominick
Akitoshi Tamura vs. Charlie Valencia
Mackens Semerzier vs. Deividas Taurosevicius
Mike Brown vs. Anthony Morrison
Dave Jansen vs. Kamal Shalorus
Raphael Assuncao vs. Urijah Faber
Benson Henderson (Interim WEC Lightweight Champion) vs. Jamie Varner (WEC Lightweight Champion)