12-17-14, By Jp Scarano, Exclusively for TheFightWorld.Com
I know this subject has already been talked about and people already know this, but I wanted to wait a few days to give Jamie Varner the respect he deserves for his long career inside the cage.
This past weekend Jamie Varner fought for the last time taking on Drew Dober in Varner’s hometown, Phoenix, Arizona . Nobody, with the exception of his family and his team, knew that Varner was going to retire win, lose, or draw Saturday night. Varner really wanted a win in his final fight and to get it in his hometown, but he missed that chance. Varner landed on his head while attempting a takedown, temporarily rocking him and allowing Dober to take his back to get the choke.
This was Varner’s fourth loss but his last two were fights worthy of champions. While fighting Abel Trujillo both men almost finished each other off in the first round. Trujillo came back in the second round to get a KO back on February 1, 2014. Varner then faced James Krause on May 24, 2014. Just as the match was becoming the fight of the night, Varner broke his ankle in the last few minutes of round one and couldn’t continue to fight. Krause got the the win by TKO . Varner realized that the time for him to step away from the sport was approaching.
The fact that Varner won the WEC World Lightweight Championship on February 13, 2008 and defended it twice in some great fights has made him one of my favorite fighters to watch. He leaves the Lightweight division with a record of 21-11-1 (2) and should have nothing to regret at all. He should be proud of what he as done for the sport and for himself.
Now that he is done competing, Varner wants to coach and help bring up new talent and future champions. He also wants to help start up a fighters union so that fighters will get what they feel is owed to them. I want to say THANK YOU to Jamie Varner for all he has done for the sport and all of us at TheFightWorld.Com wish him the best of luck in the future.
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