WEC lightweight title-holder Jamie Varner and former featherweight champ Urijah Faber are both expected to return to action by year’s end, according to WEC general manager Reed Harris, who discussed the returns during a recent appearance on MMAjunkie Radio.
Varner, who’s been sidelined with a broken hand suffered in a January victory over Donald Cerrone, is expected to return in December to headline WEC 45 and unify his title with the winner of Saturday’s interim championship matchup between Cerrone and Ben Henderson at WEC 43.
“Jamie Varner has been cleared but needs to come back and fight,” said Harris. “If Jamie doesn’t come back and fight, then whoever holds [the interim] belt will become (the champion). We’ll unify the belts. Jamie says he’s coming back. We’re hoping to do that by the end of the year. So whoever wins this fight then in turn will fight Jamie.”
Faber, who broke his hand in a June loss to 145-pound champion Mike Brown, is also likely to return on the December card against an opponent to-be-announced after recently signing a new multi-fight deal with the promotion following weeks of negotiation.
“I can’t wait to get him back in there. He can’t wait,” said Harris. “He’s training now. I think we’ll see him back in by the end of the year.”
The Versus-televised event does not yet have a set date or location.
Pictured: Jamie Varner