The UFC released two lightweights following their losses at "WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis" on Tuesday.
Varner, who defeated Rob McCullough for the title at WEC 32 in February 2008, successfully defended his title twice before losing a title unification fight against interim champ Ben Henderson at WEC 46 in January. Including that fight, Varner is winless (0-3-1) in his last four fights. His most recent setback came via first-round submission to Shane Roller at WEC 53.
Varner (16-5-1, 2 NC overall) was 1-1 in the UFC in 2006-07 before moving to the WEC.
Horodecki (16-3 overall), was cut after a disappointing 2-2 run in the promotion. He had losses to Anthony Njokuani and Donald Cerrone sandwiched between wins against Danny Downes and Ed Ratcliff. Horodecki was stopped in both of his losses.
Horodecki rose to prominence in the ill-fated International Fight League, going 8-1 there, with the only loss being a humiliating first-round TKO against Ryan Schultz in a bout for the IFL lightweight title. He twice beat Bart Palaszewski by split decision.