Former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner has been released from his contract with Zuffa, LLC. following his submission loss to Shane Roller earlier this month at WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis, the last WEC card before the promotion fully merged with the UFC.
Varner has gone 0-3-1 in his last four, which all but guarantees a contract release now that the the WEC and UFC have merged and Zuffa’s roster is packed. Varner spoke with Punch Drunk Gamer about his contract release.
“I am ready for 2011; there will be some changes in my game,” said Varner. “It has been a nice ride with the WEC but its (sic) time for a change. Perhaps UFC will be in my future down the road …”
Training out of Arizona Combat Sports in Phoenix, Arizona, Varner held the WEC lightweight title over two successful defenses before losing the belt by submission to Ben Henderson. From there, Varner fought to a controversial split draw against Kamal Shalorus and then dropped a unanimous decision to old rival Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. His loss to Roller followed and marked the end of his current run under the Zuffa, LLC. umbrella.
Varner’s overall record stands at 16-5-1, with two no contests. Five of his wins came by TKO, nine by submission, one by decision and one by technical decision.