by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The upcoming WEC pay-per-view card will look to add some more fire to the lightweight contender’s race as former champion, Jamie Varner, is expected to meet Kamal Shalorus in a bout on the April 24 card.
Varner told MMAWeekly.com in an interview on Monday that is the fight he is expected to take for the upcoming show in Sacramento.
“Looks like I’m fighting Kamal Shalorus on that card,” said Varner on Monday.
After dealing with eye and foot injuries that kept him out of action for a year, Varner is ready to get back into action and hopes to maintain a very busy schedule in 2010. First up is Kamal Shalorus, and then hopefully a title shot later this year.
“Kamal is a tough fighter, I’m thinking he’ll bring out the best in me, and then hopefully I can get another title shot,” Varner commented. “If I can get another title shot in 2010, I guarantee I’ll have that belt again.”
The WEC pay-per-view card has announced at least 3 main card fights already, including two title fights headlining the show. Right now, Varner hasn’t heard final word if his fight against Shalorus will be on the televised card, but with both fighters at the top of the division, it would only make sense.
“They haven’t told me for sure if I’m going to be on TV or not, but I’m assuming they pay me a pretty decent amount of money so I’m assuming they’re going to put me on there,” Varner commented.
The Arizona based fighter will work with his camp at Arizona Combat Sports to start preparation, and also has a very watchful eye on the co-main event fight between Ben Henderson and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
“If I win and if Cowboy wins, yeah for sure I get a title shot,” Varner said eluding to their longstanding feud. “If I win and Cowboy loses, I might fight one more time before I get Ben.”
Kamal Shalorus has made a tremendous impact during his short time in the WEC. Two fights in and two convincing victories, the most recent of which showcased the Iranian born fighter beating previously undefeated lightweight, Dave Jansen.
The lightweights will battle it out with the winner landing right in the middle of the 155lb title picture when it’s all said and done. Look for more fights for the upcoming WEC pay-per-view card to be announced in the coming weeks.