A rematch between WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and contender Donald Cerrone is slated to take place in the fall, according to WEC general manager Reed Harris, who announced the bout at the post-WEC 41 press conference on Sunday.
The first matchup between Varner and Cerrone ended prematurely in January at WEC 38 when Cerrone unintentionally but illegally kneed Varner while he was still on the canvas. Varner was unable to continue and the fight went to the judge’s, who declared Varner the winner by split technical decision.
At WEC 41, Cerrone submitted newcomer James Krause late in the first round to secure the 155-pound title rematch and both Cerrone and Varner agreed to the fall date after the bout.
A date and venue have not yet been confirmed for the fight, which will air live on Versus.
Varner (16-2), a winner of five-straight, defeated Rob McCullough and Marcus Hicks prior to his controversial January win over Cerrone. Cerrone (10-1) was unbeaten in ten career bouts prior to suffering his first pro loss to Varner.
[Pictured: Jamie Varner]