After proposing a rubber match with rival Jamie Varner for December’s WEC 53, Donald Cerrone has been added to the card but will instead face fellow lightweight Chris Horocecki on Dec. 16 in Phoenix, Arizona, according to MMA Weekly.
Cerrone (12-3) topped Varner in the “Fight of the Night” at September’s WEC 51 to rebound from an April loss to Ben Henderson, while Horodecki (16-2) scored a split decision over Ed Ratcliff at WEC 51 for his second-straight win.
Varner is also expected to return at WEC 53, which recently added a lightweight matchup between undefeated Chinese prospect Tiequan Zhang and Danny Downes to its preliminary card.
The Versus-televised WEC 53 fight card is co-headlined by lightweight champ Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis and bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz vs. Scott Jorgensen.
Pictured: Donald Cerrone