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Jamie Varner and Ryan Bader Eye September Returns

Jamie VarnerWEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and light heavyweight up-and-comer Ryan Bader, teammates at Arizona Combat Sports, are looking to return to action in September following recent injuries.

Varner (16-2), during a recent appearnce on MMA Weekly Radio, announced that he’s likely to headline a September WEC event against an unamed opponent. Varner underwent surgery to repair a broken hand and also suffered a broken blood vessel in his eye as well as a broken foot in his successful title defense over Donald Cerrone in January, which came to an end when Cerrone illegally kneed Varner in the fifth and final round and the WEC title-holder was unable to continue fighting.

A two-time All American wrestler at Arizona State, Bader compiled a 7-0 pro MMA record before appearing on The Ultimate Fighter 8, winning the 205-pound tournament with a December victory over Vinny Magalhaes. In April, “Darth” Bader recorded his second-straight UFC victory, a unanimous decision over Carmelo Marrero, but suffered a torn MCL and PCL in the win that sidelined him for 3 to 6 months. Bader, who rusumed training earlier this month, recently told MMAjunkie he’s on track for a September return.

[Pictured: Jamie Varner]


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