WEC 53 Fight Card Filling Up Before UFC Merger

November 3, 2010

WEC fighter Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone

WEC fighter Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone

Heading into the two final events in its history, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) has started to firm up its promotional finale.

WEC 53 features two title bouts: Ben Henderson defending his lightweight strap against MTV “World of Jenks” subject Anthony Pettis and bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz facing Scott Jorgensen.

The promotion is going out with a bang, however, not relying solely on those two championship bouts. Also added to the card are feature bouts that include the popular Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone against Chris Horodecki and former lightweight champion Jamie Varner against Shane Roller.

Cerrone (12-3) rocketed into the WEC spotlight for his brash style, in and out of the cage. He’s bounced back and forth between wins and losses over his last six fights however. He’ll be looking for a win over Horodecki to give him back-to-back wins for the first time in two years.

Horodecki (16-2), like Cerrone, is known as a phenomenal striker, so the two are likely to produce fireworks at WEC 53. Horodecki enters the bout coming off of back-to-back wins, so he’ll be looking to build on that momentum as the WEC merges into the UFC.

Varner (16-4-1) is coming off a rough patch where he has lost two out of his last three fights – including a loss to Cerrone – and drew in his other fight. In short, he needs a victory as the UFC and WEC meld together.

He’ll have a tough opponent in Roller, who is 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the WEC. Roller is coming off of a loss to title contender Anthony Pettis, but had strung three straight wins together over Anthony Njokuani, Danny Castillo, and Marcus Hicks.

Other bouts announced for WEC 53 include Danny Castillo vs. Will Kerr and Chris Cariaso vs. Renan Barao.

WEC 53 takes place on Dec. 16 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz.