Former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner
has will step in for an injured Alex Morono
to lock horns with Lee King in a
160-pound catchweight affair at
Legacy Fighting Championship 11.
Sherdog.com confirmed the May 11 booking Wednesday with Legacy FC
promoter Mick Maynard, who also verified that the Texas-based
organization has signed Jay Hieron and
Assuncao to compete against to-be-named opponents at
Legacy FC 12 on July 13.
MMAJunkie.com first reported the matchup and signings. Both events
take place at the Arena Theater in Houston and air live on
Varner, 27, has earned knockouts in each of his last two
appearances after posting a record of 1-4-1 in his six previous
outings. The Arizona native was released from WEC after suffering
losses to Benson
Cerrone and Shane
Roller. “C-4” closed out 2011 on a high note, however,
finishing Nate Jolly
Fickett in a combined 1:49.
Hieron will enter the Legacy cage after a four-fight stint in
Bellator. “The Thoroughbred” won the promotion’s fourth-season
welterweight tournament last year, besting Anthony
Weedman and Rick Hawn to
earn a shot at 170-pound champion Ben Askren.
Hieron was then edged by “Funky” in their title fight, falling by
split decision to Askren this past October.
Assuncao is a five-time UFC veteran, most recently completing a
two-fight Octagon stint to end last year. Riding six consecutive
victories, the 30-year-old made the cut from lightweight to
featherweight to face Eddie Yagin
at UFC 135, outpointing the former Tachi Palace Fights champion
this past September. Assuncao was released from the promotion after
dropping a unanimous nod to Ross
Pearson in December.