by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
At first it didn’t look like it was going to happen, but now it’s official.
Former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner will indeed return to action on September 30 and face an old foe as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone steps in to oppose him on the Colorado card as part of WEC 51.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight who stated bout agreements have been issued and signed by the fighters at this point.
The rematch between Varner and Cerrone was first reported by Sherdog.com earlier this month, but sources close to both camps denied being offered the fight, and Varner’s management team issued a statement to MMAWeekly.com that advised they were shooting for a championship bout with Ben Henderson.
It looks like the WEC had other plans.
Varner and Cerrone first fought in January 2009 for the WEC lightweight title, with Varner getting the decision after the fight was stopped due to an illegal knee in the 5th round while he was down from his opponent. The two fighters have no love lost since that time, and it seemed like a natural match-up at some point down the road.
That road leads directly to Broomfield, Colo. and WEC 51 in September.
The bout between Varner and Cerrone will be part of the televised card on Versus, headed up by WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his belt against top contender Manny Gamburyan.