Varner to Defend Against Cerrone at WEC 38

Written by Tom Ngo
November 9th, 2008

Earlier this week, WEC lightweight champion Jaime Varner said that he expected to defend his title against the winner of last night’s WEC 36 bout between Rob McCullough and Donald Cerrone. With Cerrone easily discarding McCullough via unanimous decision, the ball is now in motion for the two to square off at WEC 38, which is tentatively scheduled for January 25th in San Diego, California.

MMAJunkie.com confirmed with Jason Genet, a representative from LG Sports Marketing that represents Varner, that they are already in talks with the WEC to get Vernar back in the cage.

Cerrone is a wizard on the ground, having submitted all eight of his previous opponents before entering his bout against the former WEC champion on Wednesday night.

Varner (15-2) was successful in his sole title defense against Marcus Hicks at WEC 35 in August. He previously defeated McCullough for the title before that, and the two have been verbally sparring with each other ever since.

“I want Rob to win. I really want Rob to win,” Varner stated before WEC 36. “I like Donald Cerrone, he’s a great fighter. I’d like to fight both of them, but I’ve just got a bone to pick with Rob.”

Unfortunately for the champ, Rob wasn’t able to hold up his end of the bargain and Varner will have to shelf that grudge for the time being.

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