(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!.”