Cerrone Meets Henderson While Varner Heals

Written by Tom Ngo
June 26th, 2009

This isn’t exactly the way the WEC envisioned their lightweight division unfolding, however due to champion Jamie Varner’s unhealable right hand, top contender Donald Cerrone will now meet Ben Henderson in September. 

MMAMadness.com was the first to report this yet-to-be-announced WEC event, however no specific date of venue has been attached to this rumor.

On Wednesday, Varner Tweeted that despite accepting the rematch with Cerrone a few weeks back, his doctor would not provide him the medical clearance necessary in order for him to defend his throne.

“I just got out of the Doc’s and (my) hand is still fractured. I’m really upset,” Varner posted on his Twitter account. “I thought I was ready, my hand doesn’t even hurt, but the doc pulled the rug out from (under) my feet.”

Varner took a controversial split decision over Cerrone at WEC 38 earlier this year. 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).

With no timeline set for Varner’s return, the organization is currently mulling over the possibility of annointing an interim lightweight title until Varner is able to re-enter the cage. However that appears to be nothing more than boardroom brainstorming at this time.

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