Former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and Chris Horodecki will not make the transition to the UFC following their losses at WEC 53. Both have been released by Zuffa, according to several reports circulating today. broke the news on Varner’s release.

Jamie Varner exclusively informed PunchDrunkGamer today, that he has been released from his UFC contract. Jamie plans to take a little time off and then look at new fighting opportunities in the MMA world. He will set time aside to finish his college degree.

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

Horodecki informed MMA Junkie of his release.

“One door closes and another one opens,” Horodecki today told ( “I’ll be back sooner than later.”

Varner, while a former champion, failed to secure a victory in his last four fights, so it’s not hard to see why he didn’t make the cut. Horodecki, however, was riding a two-fight win streak before he lost to Donald Cerrone, one of the WEC’s toughest lightweights, so his release was a little more surprising.

Still, the lightweight division has become extremely bloated following the merger. It’s probably not crazy to assume the low-middle tier lightweights are fighting for their jobs each and every fight.