Much like fans that watch Ohio State and Michigan go at it every year in college football, or Yankees and Red Sox fans battling it out during the baseball season, just about every person who loves sports loves a good rivalry.
In MMA, there may not be a more heated rivalry that Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Jamie Varner, who put chapter two of their epic hate-fest to bed on Thursday night. Cerrone came out on top this time, avenging an earlier loss to Varner from 2009.
Just seconds after the fight ended, Cerrone turned to Varner and gladly offered the former WEC lightweight champion a third fight, this time heading to his home state of Arizona.
“Jamie, you asked for a rematch in Arizona, I’d be much obliged to give that to you,” Cerrone said after his win.
The Arizona event set to go down on Dec. 16 will be headlined by two title fights, including 155-pound champion Ben Henderson defending his belt against Anthony Pettis and bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz facing Scott Jorgensen in a 135-pound title showdown.
Adding Cerrone vs. Varner 3 to the card would be like throwing gasoline on an inferno. WEC General Manager Reed Harris admits that he’d love to see the two rivals go at it one more time.
“I’d have them fight every show,” he commented after Thursday’s rematch. “The way these guys fight, I’m telling you that was an absolutely outstanding, exciting fight, and I’d love to see it again.”
With approximately 10 weeks to go until the December show, it’s possible that both Cerrone and Varner could be ready to fight again, health permitting of course. Varner seemed up to the challenge on Thursday night.
“Arizona is my hometown, gave you guys one hell of a fight here, I wouldn’t mind settling the score there,” Varner stated.
With the series tied at one fight each, a rubber match seems like a lock down the road. While no fight may ever truly settle the dislike between Cerrone and Varner, both would jump at the chance to punch each other in the face again.
The WEC has always been fairly non-committal following a fight, but Harris says he will talk to their matchmaker and see if the fan’s dream third fight could become a reality sooner rather than later.
“I’ll sit down with Sean Shelby next week and we’ll talk about it.”