by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
As World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion Jamie Varner prepares for his August showdown with top contender Marcus Hicks, the promotion will look to give the winner of that fight a new opponent for the future during its Sept. 10 show. Former 155-pound divisional champion “Razor” Rob McCullough will return to action against the still undefeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at WEC 36 in September.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Tuesday.
After losing the lightweight title to Varner in February, McCullough returned to action in June for a bout with Kenneth Alexander, a fighter he had lost to some years ago.
McCullough pulled off a split decision victory in a largely unexciting fight, but the former champ did enough to get back to his winning ways.
Now, he will step right back into deep waters as he faces Greg Jackson student Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who fought on the same June WEC show, defeating Danny Castillo in the first round by submission.
Cerrone has long been considered one of the best up and coming lightweights in the WEC, combining a well rounded style that has him currently sporting a perfect record in his mixed martial arts career.
The bout between Cerrone and McCullough will serve as a main card bout supporting the current main event between middleweight champion Paulo Filho and challenger Chael Sonnen. Rumors also have the promotion pitting WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber against American Top Team standout Mike Brown on the same card.
More fights are expected to be announced in the coming weeks from the WEC.