WEC Division Standings: After Draw, Where Do Varner and Shalorus Rank?

Tommy MessanoContributor IJune 24, 2010

Promoting a fight card without any title fights, WEC 49 made up for their lack of championship bouts through a combination of excitement and controversy.

The main event was billed as a potential No. 1 contender’s bout between Jamie Varner (16-3-1) and Kamal Shalorus (6-0-2).  

In a 15-minute striking war that included multiple fouls, Varner and Shalorus was eventually declared a draw. Unfortunately, both men cannot really move up or down in the 155-pound weight division with a tie.

Again stricken with the injury bug, Varner broke his hand in the second round vs. Shalorus. A possible late-fall return against the loser of the upcoming Shane Roller (8-2) vs. Anthony Pettis (10-1) bout would be a competitive way to welcome Varner.

For Shalorus, fights vs. Donald Cerrone (11-3) or Anthony Njokuani (12-3) are contests that could again prove if he is a title contender or a gatekeeper.

The undercard of WEC 49 saw more lightweight action as Chris Horodecki (15-2) earned a nice bounce-back win vs. Danny Downes (6-1).

Downes was a late replacement for contender Ed Ratcliff (7-2), who bowed out of the event during fight week with an undisclosed injury.

Horodecki is now 1-1 inside the WEC cage, and a match with Ratcliff still makes sense in the standings.

These ranking appear courtesy of ULTMMA (Uniting Locals Through Mixed Martial Arts).


Lightweight (155-pound limit)


WEC Champion: Ben Henderson 12-1


1. Jamie Varner: 16-3-1

2. Shane Roller: 8-2

3. Donald Cerrone: 11-3

4. Anthony Njokuani: 12-3

5. Kamal Shalorus: 6-0-2

6. Ed Ratcliff: 7-2

7. Bart Palaszweski: 34-13

8. Anthony Pettis: 10-1

9. Ricardo Lamas: 8-1

10. Chris Horodecki: 15-2


Featherweight (145-pound limit)


WEC Champion: Jose Aldo 17-1


1. Manny Gamburyan: 11-4

2. Mike Brown: 23-6

3. Josh Grispi: 14-1

4. LC Davis: 16-3

5. Diego Nunes: 14-1

6. Rafael Assuncao: 14-3

7. Deividas Taurosevicius: 12-4

8. Mark Hominick: 18-8

9. Leonard Garcia: 14-5-1

10. Mackens Semerzier: 5-1



Bantamweight (135-pound limit)


WEC Champion: Dominick Cruz 15-1-WEC 50 vs. Joseph Benavidez 12-1


1. Joseph Benavidez: 12-1

2. Brian Bowles: 8-1

3. Scott Jorgenson: 10-3

4. Miguel Torres: 37-3

5. Urijah Faber: 23-4

6. Damacio Page: 12-4

7. Antonio Banuelos: 17-6

8. Takeya Mizugaki: 13-4-2

9. Wagnney Fabiano: 14-2

10. Eddie Wineland: 16-6-1

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