Varner (16-5-1) once held the WEC lightweight belt and garnered consideration as a possible top-ten fighter in the world at his weight class. However, following two successful title defenses, Varner has lost three of his last four bouts, with the only other result a controversial draw with Kamal Shalorus. Varner went 4-3-1 with the WEC and 1-1 in a prior stint with the UFC.
As for Horodecki (16-3), he came into the WEC after a successful run in the International Fight League, where he went 8-1 and picked up two close wins over Bart Palaszewski. However, he went 2-2 under the Zuffa banner, including a recent submission loss to Donald Cerrone.
News of Varner’s release was first reported by Punchdrunkgamer.com.