Former WEC champion Jamie Varner felt like his life was over.
Varner was released from his contract with the WEC and Zuffa, and he actually thought about retirement.
Now, a rejuvenated 26-year-old, the AMA Fight Club member is looking to get back to the big time.
First, though, he will take on Alonzo Martinez at Titan FC 20 on September 23 before meeting Nate Jolly at XFC 14 in October.
“When I got cut I felt like my girlfriend dumped me. I’ve been with Zuffa for five years. I dropped out of college. I’ve been chasing this dream, all in,” Varner said in an interview with Ariel Helwani for NBC Sports. “I never said no to a fight. Whenever they asked me to fight, I fought.”
Varner rebounded from back-to-back losses against Shane Roller and Donald Cerrone in the WEC to defeat Tyler Combs via first round technical submission at XFO 39 in Illinois.
After starting his career 16-2, which included winning the WEC lightweight title and defending it twice, Varner went 0-3-1 in 2010 and was released.
“There’s still some tread on these tires,” Varner said. “There’s still some fights to be fought and some battles to be won…I want to get back in the UFC and fight in the UFC.”
His first opponent, Martinez, is 30-14-1, having won his last three fights. Jolly (10-3) is 2-2 in his past four fights.
Titan FC 20 takes place in Kansas City, Kansas, while XFC 14 will be held in Orlando, Florida.