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WEC 51: Jamie Varner Vs. Donald Cerrone

The following is from our live coverage of WEC 51: Aldo Vs. Gamburyan. To access our full round-by-round coverage of the main card, click here.

Varner is booed heavily on his way to the cage, the crowd clearly favors Cerrone. Herb Dean is reffing this contest. The two refuse to touch gloves.

Round 1: The two men run to the middle of the cage and start throwing down. They clinch against the cage, Varner eats a serious a big shot and slams Cerrone when tries a flying knee. Cerrone sends Varner’s mouthpiece flying across the cage. Cerrone looking like a man possessed, he barely gives Varner time to put his mouth piece back in. Cerrone backs Varner into the cage with a one-two. Varner with a one-two and Cerrone lands a trip. The crowd chants, “Varner sucks!” Cerrone slips a right hand and lands a solid double leg takedown. Varner gets back to his feet but Cerrone has him against the cage. Cerrone with a knee. Chants of “Cowboy” ring out. Varner with a nice combo. Cerrone with a jab-leg kick. Cerrone with a high kick. Cerrone drops Varner with a left hand. Varner drops for a takedown but doesn’t get it. They end the round trading serious leather. scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone

Round 2: Cerrone with jab-leg kick. Varner with a decent combination and Cerrone fires back with a jab-leg kick again. Varner with a body shot. Varner with a solid one-two. Cerrone slips a punch and lands a solid takedown. He moves to side control and then north-south. Varner gets back to his feet and Cerrone lands a body kick. Cerrone with another jab-leg kick. Cerrone ducks a left hook and lands a knee. Cerrone with an inside leg kick. Cerrone with a strong left hand that snaps Varner’s head back. Cerrone with a leg kick and takedown attempt that is stuffed. Cerrone with another jab-leg kick that knocks Varner off balance. Cerrone deftly avoids a takedown attempt by Varner. Cerrone with a punch to kick combo that lands clean. scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone

Round 3: They actually touch gloves to start the round. Cerrone avoids a combo from Varner and lands a knee. Varner bleeding from the nose. Cerrone landing kicks to the legs and body. Cerrone dives in for a takedown and tosses Varner into the fence. Varner cracks Cerrone with a right hand. And another. Cerrone lands a knee and looks unfazed from the punches. Varner looking worse for the wear but is perhaps the more fresh of the two. Cerrone lands another big takedown and lands in Varner’s guard. Cerrone landing elbows from the top and Varner is bleeding heavily. Cerrone passes to half guard and Varner looks to stand up. He gets back to his feet. Cerrone hammering Varner with kicks as Varner looks at the clock. The bell rings and they touch gloves at the end. Cerrone pushes Varner away and Varner shoves Cerrone from behind. Herb Dean steps in before it goes any farther. scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone

Donald Cerrone defeated Jamie Varner via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27 across the board)

Cerrone offers Varner the opportunity for a rubber match. Says all he wants to do is fight, regardless of any title shots. Varner gives Cerrone credit for his toughness.