Young veteran Jamie Varner (18-6-1) will continue his post-Zuffa march next month, appearing for the second time in the XFC and taking on another seasoned competitor in Drew Fickett (41-16).
Since washing out of the WEC in late 2010, Varner’s gone 2-1 in smaller promotions, sandwiching a decision loss to Dakota Cochrane between first round finishes of the unheralded Tyler Combs and Nate Jolly. Most recently, he knocked out Jolly in his debut in the XFC, picking up the victory this past October.
The 27-year-old Varner is hoping to show the world with a victory over Fickett that he’s not only still relevant, but that his best is still yet to come.
“Drew is a tough and accomplished fighter. He’s been around for awhile and is strong in all aspects of MMA. He has seen just about everything. This should be an exciting fight, but I’m looking for another KO in the XFC cage. I’ve actually known him for awhile, since I was very young in the sport. We’ve both been around for awhile now, but I think my prime is still ahead of me. I plan to prove this by taking him out.”
Varner will have his chance on February 10 when he meets Fickett at XFC 16: High Stakes, which will take place at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee; the fight will air live on HDNet.