My side of the story; Jamie Varner

The WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner (16-2 MMA, 4-0 WEC) stopped by Pro MMA Radio on Monday evening to talk to Larry Pepe about his controversial victory last night over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (9-1 MMA, 3-1 WEC) and the fan outcry that has followed.

In his first interview following the fight Varner was clearly heated but felt it important to share his side of the story, to explain why he apologized, and to clarify exactly what went down.

Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone fought four hard rounds Sunday night for the WEC Lightweight Title. The fifth round began just as exciting as the previous four and then it happened, Cerrone threw a knee to a downed Jamie Varner. The referee stepped in, stopped the fight, and brought in the doctor. Varner could not see therefore, could not continue and ends up winning a split decision in one of the most controversial endings in recent memory.

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Cowboy fails to take Jamie Varner’s WEC Lightweight Title

Jamie “C-4” Varner (16-2) was able to retain his WEC Lightweight Title tonight in San Diego by out pointing Donald Cerrone (9-1) and handing “Cowboy” his very first professional loss.

The title fight, scheduled for five rounds went to the judges’ cards prior to the final bell due to an illegal knee from Cerrone that caught Varner on the temple with a minute and fifty seconds left in round five. Varner was given adequate time to recover after the incident but was unable to continue and told the doctor he could not see. If a fighter wants the fight to continue he cannot tell the doctor he is unable to see.

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PRO MMA Exclusive: a chat with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone

by: Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

On Wednesday Sept.10, 2008 the WEC will be holding an event at the Seminole Hotel & Casino in Florida which air live on the VERSUS network. The card is headlined by featherweight champion Urijah Faber defending his title against Mike Brown. However, there is another fight on the card which could very well steal the show and that is when “Razor” Rob McCullough gets into the cage with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

Many people will remember Cerrone from his appearance on the TAPOUT reality show that airs on VERSUS. The episode featured Cerrone in a fight against Anthony Njokuani where he won via triangle choke in the first round. The very interesting paradox is the fact that quick submission finishes have been a recurring theme in the career of Cowboy who is actually more known for his muay thai and kickboxing skills.

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PRO MMA Exclusive: Razor Rob McCullough

by:  Jack Bratcher

In February of this year, “Razor” Rob McCullough lost his WEC lightweight title to Jamie Varner in an upset.  The odds were stacked against Varner but he was able to pull out the win and take home the title.   Four months later “Razor Rob” stepped back into the cage and got back on the right track with a win over Kenneth Alexander at WEC 34.

“Razor Rob” wants that title back.  As far as he’s concerned, the loss to Varner was a fluke that never should have happened.  On September 10, Rob will face one of his toughest fights to date and it will be the deciding factor if he gets an immediate title shot or has to climb back up the ladder.  PRO MMA got the opportunity to chat with Rob and he explained just what this fight means to him and what kind of fireworks we can expect to see.

Rob also lets us in on some personal details about himself you may not have known such as who he would most like to fight and what is one of his favorite books.  The answers might surprise you. 

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