Jamie Varner Still Injured, Benson Henderson Interim WEC Lightweight Fight Possible (UPDATE)

5eb8es_mediumPromoted from the Fan Posts by Kid Nate.

Jamie Varner posted a tweet on the status of his injury:

I just got out of the Docs and hand is still fractured. I'm really upset. I thought I was ready, my hand doesn't even hurt, but the doc pulled the rug out from my feet...

The WEC was planning to have a rematch between Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner for the Lightweight Championship, but now it seems like the champion won't be able to recover in time.

Cagewriter talked to a WEC representative and now it seems like they are considering an interim title:

"We're still waiting on the medical reports, but it looks like Varner won't be fighting in the foreseeable future," Dave Sholler, a WEC representative, said. "We're moving forward with the lightweight division, and we haven't ruled out an interim belt."

This is very unfortunate news. Both fighters have genuine bad blood between them, and both have been clamoring for that rematch. It could've been a very easy fight to sell for the WEC, but now they are left waiting for Varner, or scourging to find a new contender for an interim belt.

UPDATE via fiveouncesofpain:

the WEC has engaged in preliminary talks to make a match between number one contender Donald Cerrone and up-and-coming prospect Benson Henderson with an interim 155 pound title at take.

UPDATE 2 - Donald Cerrone Confirms it on mmamania:

“I kind of figured that (Ben Henderson) is who they would put me in against. I was looking forward to maybe having a rematch with Rob McCullough. Benson is definitely a worth opponent. He is a friend of mine which is the one thing that sucks. I have grown up fighting alongside the guy. I have no problems whatsoever taking the fight; I just have to go in there with someone I like. There is nothing bad you can say about that guy, he is just a real good dude. I will be in there 100% ready to fight though. I just won’t have the hatred in my heart like I would with Jaime Varner. Benson is a solid wrestler so I see him trying to take me down right away. I don’t see him wanting to stand with me. But you never know, it would be cool if he did. My takedown defense sucks so I am going to really have to work on that. If he ends up in my guard I will be busy going for submissions at every turn. Maybe Varner will come back in 2010 to unify the belt. But they might have to break his arm off and get him a new one. Can I add that Jaime Varner is a fag?

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