After his impressive 1stRound submission of James Krause at WEC 41 last night, Donald Cerrone earned himself a rematch against lightweight champ Jaime Varner. “The Cowboy” lost a controversial technical decision to Varner at WEC 38 earlier this year, and has been pushing for a mulligan ever since.
“I spoke to Mr. Varner tonight, and he’s ready to go,” WEC general manager Reed Harris told MMAJunkie.com. “He’s going to take the fight.”
Their January title clash was stopped in the 5thRound after Cerrone landed an unintentional knee to Varner’s dome. The 155-pound king 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.
The event was hosted in San Diego, California and 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 clearly 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 Varner was awarded the victory, the fans inside of the San Diego Sports Arena immediately pelted him with a chorus of boos. Many felt Varner wasn’t struck “that hard” with the illegal shot and wussed out by letting the fight end early.
“I’m better than that guys, I’m really sorry,” Varner stated after the win. “… Boo me, go ahead and (expletive) boo me. Donald, I’m sorry. I’m better than that, you’ve seen me fight before. I’m better than that.”
Following the bout, Varner revealed that he sustained multiple injuries during the scrap, including a broken right hand, a fractured foot and a detached retina.
“I just talked to Jamie tonight, and really my discussion with him was more out of concern than really setting up the fight,” Harris told the website. “I wanted to see how the hand was doing. He said, ‘My hand is almost 100 percent. A couple of weeks and I’ll be back in the gym. I want to fight Cerrone if he wins.'”
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