Earlier we reported that Chris Horodecki had been cut following his loss at WEC 53 earlier this month, and it’s now emerged that Jamie Varner will also be heading for the exit door.
Varner also lost on the WEC’s final show, being submitted by Shane Roller in the first round of their prelim bout.
A former WEC lightweight champion, Varner was one of the promotion’s most recognisable fighters, having fought a total of eight times under their banner and headlining three of their events.
Injuries forced him out for a year between January 2009-2010 though, and since his return he’s come up empty-handed, losing his title to Ben Henderson, drawing with Kamal Shalorus and losing a rematch with Donald Cerrone before his latest defeat.
As a result Varner will now miss out on the WEC-UFC merger which would have given him another chance to impress on the sports biggest stage, having previously gone 1-1 back in 2007-2008.
“I am ready for 2011, there will be some changes in my game,” Varner told PunchDrunkGamer after learning of his release. “It has been a nice ride with the WEC but its time for a change. Perhaps UFC will be in my future down the road… We shall see!”