After an errant knee forced the judges to render an early decision in the lightweight title fight between Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone at WEC 38 on January 25th, there were reports that Varner may have suffered a career ending eye injury. Those concerns were laid to rest yesterday, according to MMAWeekly. On Thursday, Varner passed an eye-exam which will pave the way for the California State Athletic Commission letting him off of the indefinite suspension he was placed on following the fight.
According to Varner, his vision is not as good as it used to be, but is still 20/20 and good enough to fight. (He claims it was previously 20/15). Now he’s got to heal up from the broken hand and foot that he suffered during his successful title defense before he can return to action:
On Monday, Varner will get the pins removed from his right hand, after which he will undergo four weeks of physical therapy. For his foot, he alternates between limping and a single crutch, and says he will be able to run and kick when the swelling comes down.
Though he was prescribed Vicodin for his injuries, he opted not to take the strong pain medication.
“I don’t take pills,” he said. “I don’t take any meds. When they set my finger after the fight, they wanted to put me under. I come from a long history of drug addicts. My parents are both recovering addicts and alcoholics, so I just try to stay away from everything.”
Though neither a date nor an opponent has been determined for Varner’s return, MMA Junkie is reporting that it could be late summer in a rematch with Cerrone.