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WEC 53: Cerrone vs Horodecki and Varner vs Roller official for Dec. 16 in Arizona


Lightweight stars and bitter rivals Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner are back in action under the WEC banner -- only this time it won't be against each other.

The promotion today locked up two more bouts for its final show on Dec. 16 as Donald Cerrone vs. Chris Horodecki and Jamie Varner vs. Shane Roller are now official for WEC 53 at the Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

Cerrone is coming off a career performance, defeating Varner late last month via unanimous decision. "Cowboy" has gone an even 2-2 in his last four bouts, losing to current WEC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson on separate occasions.

Holding victories over Anthony Njokuani, Rob McCullough, Ed Ratcliff and "Showtime" Varner, Cerrone is ready to make a statement heading to the UFC this coming January.

Horodecki was a top undefeated lightweight prospect before running into Ryan Schultz, who delivered an upset TKO loss to the Canadian back in 2007. After losing to Njokuani in stunning highlight reel fashion in his WEC debut, "The Polish Hammer" racked up two much-needed wins over Danny Downes and Ed "9mm" Ratcliff.

Varner has also enjoyed success inside the WEC cage, winning his first four bouts and capturing lightweight gold upon his entrance in the organization. Things haven't been as smooth lately for "The Worm," going 0-2-1 in his last three fight.

Not only does "C-4" want his first win since January of 2009, but he would also like to wash away the taste of defeat to his long-time enemy in Cerrone.

Roller, also trying to bounce back from defeat, was in cruise control, going 5-1 in his last six bouts and winning four of those bouts by submission. With wins over Marcus Hicks, Danny Castillo and Anthony Njokuani, Roller was making a name for himself in the lightweight division.

The NCAA Division I Wrestling standout was stopped in his tracks when he submitted to a triangle choke courtesy of Anthony Pettis back in August. Roller now looks to get back on the winning track with a big win over a former champion.

In the main event of a stacked WEC 53 card, Ben Henderson looks to keep his title as the last man to ever hold the WEC Lightweight Championship against Anthony "Showtime" Pettis.

Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will also put gold on the line when he defends his belt against Scott Jorgensen.

For the current WEC 53 fight card and rumors click here.

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