Jamie Varner vs. Abel Trujillo
We kick-start the main card with lightweight action, as Jamie Varner (21-8-1) takes on Abel Trujillo (11-5).
Varner is stepping in for Bobby Green, who was forced out with an injury. Since returning to the UFC in 2012, the ex-WEC champion has gone 2-2, including a recent split decision loss to Gleison Tibau.
Trujillo is coming off a TKO victory over Roger Bowling in 2013. Earlier in the year, he fought Bowling to a no-contest.
Round 1: We’ve had a lot of decisions, but this could change all that. Trujillo is throwing heavy, heavy shots, and Varner is backing up. Huge left lands by Trujillo. Varner’s rocking the Frank Mir haircut, and he scores a nice takedown off an overly-active Trujillo. Quickly to the back goes Varner with plenty of time to work. Varner has the north-south choke and is working for it. Trujillo’s face is turning all kinds of red, but he signals that he’s fine with a thumbs-up. Over a minute left and Trujillo is fighting it off. Varner releases and loses position completely. Nice left catches Trujillo, but he answers back.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Varner
Round 2: Varner said his right arm was tired after working that choke for several minutes. That could hinder him if this goes back to a striking affair. Nice knee kick by Varner lands. Twice Varner catches Trujillo, but he answers back and nearly floors Varner. Denied on a takedown attempt is Varner, who catches Trujillo along the cage and pounces. Several shots by Varner to a downed opponent, as he goes with hammerfists by locking up the left arm. To the back goes Varner and heis unloading. An old-fashioned slufgfest and the crowd rises to their feet. Big knees to the body from Varner, and Trujillo counters. Out of nowhere, Trujillo lands with a right and Varner goes face-first into the canvas. I know we’ve got some great bouts coming up, but that is going to be tough to top for “Fight of the Night.”
Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner via KO (right-hand) at 2:32 of Round 2