The odds were stacked against former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner at WEC 51. Donald Cerrone easily outpointed Varner at 1STBank Center in Denver and left no doubt about who was the better man Thursday night.
“Donald’s a tough dude. Donald beat me. He’s tough man, he’s got a lot better so my hat’s off to him,” a disappointed Varner said following the loss.
On top of going toe-to-toe with one of the WEC’s best, the Arizonan also had to deal with a crowd that was clearly in favor of the “Cowboy,” who hails from nearby Colorado Springs.
Although Varner did find some success with his fists, Cerrone walked right through them and had the Arizona Combat Sports fighter on his heels from the outset.
“That was a different kind of Donald Cerrone. He shot on me in the 5thRound the last fight, I wasn’t used to the takedowns. [He’s] very rangy, good outside movement, tough dude. He mixed it up,” Varner continued.
Following Thursday’s rematch, Cerrone offered to give his bitter rival a trilogy if that was his wish. He took it a step further by suggesting they do it in Varner’s backyard next time.
Jamie was more than down for Part III.
“Arizona is my hometown. I gave you guys one hell of a fight here, I wouldn’t mind settling the score there,” stated Varner.