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And Now They’re Fired: Chris Horodecki and Jamie Varner

(It looks like child and actor labor laws finally bit Zuffa in the ass.)

What a difference a year can make in the life of a fighter.

In the past 365 days, Chris Horodecki (16-3)  rebounded from his WEC highlight reel knockout loss to Anthony Njokuani to win two in a row against Danny Downes and Ed Ratcliffe. The wins earned the former IFL posterboy a step up in competition — namely former number one WEC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone.

Following a disappointing showing against "Cowboy" earlier this month, "The Polish Hammer" has now been dropped by Zuffa and will not be joining his Team Tompkins stablemate Sam Stout in the UFC as part of the WEC merger. 

"One door closes and another one opens," the 23-year-old Canadian told MMAjunkie today. "I’ll be back sooner than later. [I'll] get back in it. We’ll get a couple fights and do what we do."

Joining Horodecki on the unemployment line to start 2011 will be former WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner (16-5, 2NC) who was also dropped by the Vegas-based promotion today following his less-than-stellar compilation of three losses and one draw in 2010.

The Worm, who holds a respectable 1-1 UFC record, told PunchDrunkGamer today that he was planning on finishing college and that he hopes to make it back to the Octagon some day.

“I am ready for 2011; there will be some changes in my game,” Varner stated via email. "It has been a nice ride with the WEC but its [sic] time for a change. Perhaps UFC will be in my future down the road… We shall see!.”

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fingerssfv- December 29, 2010 at 9:55 pm
It's a shame Horodecki can't hang with the big fellas, but he just isn't top tier material. I like the kid, but after watching him lose all those times while in the big leagues, he just isn't good enough. I would hope to see him much improved, the next time I see him.

Varner can hang with the biggies, he just doesn't have the heart of a fighter. He has the skills, but when push comes to shove and he gets pressured, he wilts. I do not think that can be remedied, either. So, as long as he is not beating decisively, his opponents, he will not make it in the UFC. He could probably beat half of the top ten Lightweights in the UFC, but like I stated...Needs to find heart.
knucklesamitch- December 29, 2010 at 8:47 am
shitbag- December 29, 2010 at 8:36 am
Yea, I bet that is a gud jim
sam bowman- December 29, 2010 at 8:28 am
how can you talk shit about someone you dont even kno. i bet he has done more with his life than you.. and Arizona Combat sport is a very good jim look at all the great fighter that have came have come from that jim
SouthAfricanMMA- December 29, 2010 at 3:20 am
danomite- December 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm
wow i can't believe they didn't give Horodecki the chance to drop down to featherweight. I don't know, maybe he can't, but he looks like one of the smallest LW's i've ever seen. He also looks like he suffers from the same late-onset puberty that Chael suffered through. Seriously, I don't think this guy can grow facial hair yet.
LAS- December 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm
At least Horodecki will always be able to find work as a Backstreet Boy impersonator...those frosted tips he's rocking are just lovely.
Lysol- December 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Shark Fights is about to get stacked
cecils_pupils- December 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm
^^^WHOAH - wrong forum, bro.
PurpleDickMeat- December 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Those two would make a good looking gay couple, i'd let them bareback me and finish with a warm juicy double creampie.
PortlandMMA- December 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Figured Horodecki was done but I thought they'd give Varner another chance...definitely won't miss him though.
cecils_pupils- December 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm
Laters Varner! At least you will always have a job cleaning the mats at Arizona Combat Sports.
noizy- December 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm
Good old mergers and acquisitions.