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Faking Or Not, Jamie Varner Was Pretty Effed Up

(F*ckin’ boo him.)

WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner may have won a grueling title defense against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone on Sunday — but between his injuries, the fan reaction, and his bank account, he isn’t exactly feeling like a winner right now. During an appearance on Sherdog’s "Beatdown" radio show yesterday, Varner rattled off the laundry list of ouchies that he left the cage with last weekend:

"I broke my right index metacarpal, completely fractured. So I have to get pins put in it tomorrow (Thursday). Then I go next week to see my eye doctor to make sure my retina isn’t detached. And if it’s detached it could be a career-ending injury…I broke my hand in the first or second round. I don’t know exactly where. I remember one time in the fourth round that I just couldn’t hit him with it. I told my corner that I couldn’t use it anymore…He checked one of my kicks early in the fight and that’s where I fractured my foot. Then I kicked him in the head with it in the fourth and that was it. My foot was completely done. So I walked out for the fifth round with one hand and some takedowns…I knew the fifth round was going to be boring. I couldn’t offer anything really damaging."

During that fifth round, Cerrone was able to score his first takedown of the night, then kneed Varner in the face when the champ was trying to get up. Varner’s knees — just barely — were touching the mat. Referee Josh Rosenthal halted the action and called the illegal blow unintentional, but Varner couldn’t continue, claiming that he couldn’t see. The fight went to the scorecards, and the crowd erupted in boos. Needless to say, the idea that some fans think Varner faked his injury to get out of finishing the last couple minutes of the fight doesn’t sit well with him:

“What hurt me the most was the crowd. They had no idea about the pain or suffering I was going through…No offense to the fans, but they’re a little bit ignorant and they have no idea the pain that I was enduring. For them to think I was looking for a way out — I fought close to 13 minutes with a broken hand and foot and I could’ve easily quit the fight before that. Why would I endure all that pain just to quit? I’m not a quitter. I’m a fighter. I’m a champion and I’m going to try and defend my title to the death.”

If that’s not bad enough, Varner’s medical bills may cost more than what he made from the fight, and Frank Mir might have a personal vendetta against him. Damn, bro. Some days it’s just not worth getting up in the morning.

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Ozone- February 1, 2009 at 6:57 pm
Varner also suffered detatched integrity as a result of that illlegal knee
Richard Fitzentite- January 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm
uhhhhh thanks agent douchbag. I'm assuming that the premium per month would be less than what his entire purse would cost so in Varner's case it would have been a fucking bargain. Also please read comments in their entirety. You missed out on how I part of the solution, not part of the problem (sponsorship from a hospital/health insurance company). You also missed an unjustified and epic comment about Varner's Vag.
aj- January 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm
this is why most american fans are douche bags... booing when shit hits the ground and booing when doctors cut the matches short. go watch WWE you fucking tools.
Juan Blanco- January 30, 2009 at 7:27 am
Anonymous, how do you know you aren't speaking to fighters right now?? Some of us just may know a little bit about what it takes to be a fighter. You on the other hand do not. Varner should just admit that he quit and redeem himself another day instead of copping out behind his injuries. Bottom line is, he quit because he "couldn't see".. I believe he had another perfectly good eye..
Anonymous- January 29, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Fuck you all the worm rocks... war varner get better fuck cheaters
tallsforeverybody- January 29, 2009 at 1:32 pm
Why do these guys always say lame sh!t like..."I'm going to defend my title to the death" but in reality they quit?

Comments like that deserve to be boo'd or criticized, but his performance does not.

Varner is a tough guy and a good fighter, but appears to be a bit stupid.
Jomamma- January 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm
I was with Varner at first because I figured he was sincerely messed up from the knee to the head.

The fact that he is using every other injury he endured in the bout and barely mentioning the illegal knee shows that he did in fact take the opportunity to get out with his belt while he could.

He had time to recover and the honest thing to do would have been to carry on with the fight and not hamm up the illegal knee and loss of sight. He is undeniably a tough dude and I respect him for that but he used a shady tactic to keep his belt when he could have very likely won a decision if he made it out of the round. Big IF the way it was looking.

Karma will get Varner in the rematch so sleep with that belt every night.
Jay Smith- January 29, 2009 at 11:56 am
Get fuckin real people...............
Jay Smith- January 29, 2009 at 11:56 am
So you're sayin the champ, Varner isn't tougher than most?
Jburg- January 29, 2009 at 11:46 am
He is to MMA champions as Barack Obama is to black people. A big fat faker!
Anonymous- January 29, 2009 at 11:43 am
@ Sneaky Pete: So I guess "Sneaky Pete" is supposed to be your given name and not some faggot ass moniker you created?

It's pretty obvious that Varner quit because he felt Cerrone turning it up at the end. The momentum was in Cerrone's favor and he may have pulled out a victory. Thus depriving the fans of a "legitimate conclusion" to the fight. You know, the reason they paid to attend the event?

Remember, the doctors didn't stop the fight. Varner quit.

Anonymous- January 29, 2009 at 11:37 am
I think a lot of people on this pot are confused about what it takes to compete in MMA. It's nothing supernatural. It's choosing to be tougher than most. Taking punishment in a fight, shrugging it off and continuing to battle.

Kinda like Donald Cerrone did.
Jay Smith- January 29, 2009 at 11:34 am
@ shitwhistle
And I agree with you too dude. I guess all I'm sayin is that I would have done the exact same thing, NO, ......I take that back. I don't even have what it takes to be a professional mixed martial artists so, I would probably have quit after the first injury, but I would bet money that I would be a handful for a lot of people posting here saying he's a bitch for what he did. What does that make them?
Sneaky Pete- January 29, 2009 at 11:26 am
@Anonymous who said, "F* That. Varner is a bitch."

I agree that a champion is supposed to fight through the injury of a broken hand, as Varner did. What I was implying was that you would not fight past a broken hand.

And to Anonymous who said, "and then cried...depriving everyone of a legitimate conclusion." Are you trying to say that the conclusion wasn't legitimate? Was Varner supposed to overturn the decision of the judges and capitulate to cerrone?

I only see one coward crying in this thread, anonymous troll.

just some dong- January 29, 2009 at 11:26 am
You want to talk about injuries and damage, just look at cerrone. That guy got fuckin hammered from the 1st, yet he was fighting to win through and into the 5th. Varner's a beast, not taking anything away, but I do believe he sat down when he saw the knee strike coming, cuz it looked like he was startin to stand up at first; his knees were leaving the mat. IMO, that's probably why it was ruled unintentional. I've seen lots of fights whre fighters take a knee and reach for a single leg when they're rocked and afraid of being kneed in the head. But yeah, if cerrone were winning the "contest" up to that point, he would have won, so what can you do... he may have won the "fight" if it kept going though. Varner really shot himself in the foot with the fans after the fight, too... a shitty end to an exciting war.
Anonymous- January 29, 2009 at 11:23 am
I agree, gesus. Especially if you're gonna be a pro fighter, toughness should not be an issue for you.
gesus- January 29, 2009 at 11:21 am
posers? ummm...

anyways..i do agree that american fans are a lot more harsh then any other, but if ur gonna be a pro at anything...u gotta learn to just take criticism and move on!
Anonymous- January 29, 2009 at 11:20 am
Now, Donald Cerrone. There's a tough guy. Heart of a champion.
Anonymous- January 29, 2009 at 11:15 am
snicket916: I'm glad you can admit that you are not a man. Personally, I would never say that about myself. Because... I am a man. I love to test the limits of my fortitude, and so should Jamie Varner if he wants to be considered the toughest.

The standards of toughness in MMA have been set already. Jamie Varner didn't live up to them. He acted like a whiny premadonna. The sunglasses were gay. He blatantly quit that fight and then cried about it in the interview, depriving everyone of a legitimate conclusion. He's a whimp and should retire.

snicket916- January 29, 2009 at 11:08 am
you dont even have the balls to enter in a screen name, much less call out a savage who would knock you the fuck out with a broken hand. this is why i stick to watchin the japanese shows, so we dont have to put up with you assholes. nobody on this page has any idea what it takes to be a man, including myself.
snicket916- January 29, 2009 at 11:06 am
this is why im sure all american mma fighters hate american fans, because of all of you guys. sorry you have to put up with these faggots on this site ben, you do a great job but all you have are posers that write comments on this page.
fourTwenty- January 29, 2009 at 10:57 am
This could all be avoided if we would allow knees to a downed opponent. We need to revert back to a little old school. The good ol' cock-fighting days (not that kind of cock-fighting TUF Guy). I'm gonna call Bob and get right on that.

Seriously though, imagine how tough he would have sounded if he had of finished the fight like that. And Frank Mir is not a dude I want to have a problem with for any reason.
Juan Blanco- January 29, 2009 at 10:49 am
If he quit because he couldn't see, Why does he keep mentioning how much pain he is in from the hand and foot??? He's a b!tch!! He shoulda never beat Razor Rob... He was about to get KTFO and the ref called time so he could put his mouthpiece in. Joke of a champ.....
Anonymous- January 29, 2009 at 10:43 am
Fuck that. Jamie Varner is a bitch. Believe it or not, couch potato, but a broken hand is something you're EXPECTED to fight with. As the champion of an organization you should exemplify toughness. Varner is NOT champion material. Cerrone will win the rematch.

You quit the fight because you broke your hand (or for any other injury caused by opponent--one way or another) and you lose.
Canadian hoser- January 29, 2009 at 10:42 am
If cerrone had been winning the fight at that point he would have won the decision. Varner is tough and he wanted a rematch right away, the booing was uncalled for. Mir is a moron, I still hopes he beats lesnar though, then maybe brock leave the ufc and gets his ass handed to him by fedor. Not that the fight will likely ever happen, Fedor doesn't have many more contenders in his division.