It wasn’t the way that WEC lightweight champion Jaime Varner had envisioned beating Donald Cerrone, but despite the controversial victory he retains the 155-pound title. Most champions are cheered after a successful title defense, however the crowd inside of the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California was disappointed that Varner was unable to continue after receiving an illegal knee to the head in the 5thRound.
“Boo me,” Varner yelled during his post-fight ring interview as the crowd expressed their feelings. “Go ahead and [expletive] boo me.”
The fight was stopped in the 5thRound due to an unintentional knee to Varner’s head. He was granted the mandatory five-minute recovery period, however complained of dizziness and loss of vision in his right eye forcing doctors to stop the fight.
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.
Although Cerrone’s face was much more battered and bruised, one judge did see the fight going his way as he ended up losing a split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46).
After the bout, Varner appeared to be as disappointed as everyone else. He expressed his apologies to all that would accept it.
“I’m better than that guys, I’m really sorry,” Varner stated. “I broke my hand in the second or third round, and I took a knee or a kick to the head on the ground. Boo me, go ahead and (expletive) boo me.
“Donald, I’m sorry,” he continued. “I’m better than that, you’ve seen me fight before. I’m better than that.”
During the WEC 38 post-fight press conference, it was revealed that Varner had actually broken both of his hands, as well as his foot, during the war.
Although the bout didn’t end the way either fighter wished, both were classy and maintained the high level of respect that they had for each other going into the fight.
“We’re going to do this again,” Verner stated of the unsettled battle between the two. “As soon as I get cleared by the athletic commission we can do this again real soon,”