Jamie Varner vs. James Krause
We’ll kickoff the main card with lightweights Jamie Varner and James Krause.
Varner (21-9-1) is a former WEC champion but is coming off back-to-back losses and is just 1-3 in his last four. He was knocked out by Abel Trujillo in February after a decision loss to Gleison Tibau last August.
Krause (20-5) had his eight-fight win streak stopped by a body kick from Bobby Green in November. Prior to that, he had defeated Sam Stout via submission in his Octagon debut last June.
Round 1: Krause taking advantage of his length, using his legs to keep Varner at bay. He adds a big right hand that nearly drops Varner, who fires back. A front-kick to the face lands by Varner and he follows up. Varner is rocked and hurt, and Krause attacks. It appears as if something may have happened to one of Varner’s legs, but he is working to get to his feet despite Krause on top of him. The left leg of Varner appears to be where the damage is done, as his left foot does not look good. He was struggling to put any weight on it, but he fired off for a takedown. Varner in side control under two minutes and is trying to finish this fight. He rolls to the back, but can’t secure the choke. They are standing again and Varner’s left foot looks to be seriously injured. Krause notices and is kicking the leg out from under him, dropping Varner to the canvas. He covers up with a minute to go and is hammering away with knees to the body. With just one leg, Varner still shows his power. He shoots again, but off one leg, there isn’t much there. This fight might be called as the round ends.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Krause
That’s it, as Varner tells the ref he has a broken ankle. He rolled the ankle three times and took several leg kicks.
James Krause def. Jamie Varner via TKO (referee stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1