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Video Roundup: Varner Smashes Jolly, Daley Defeats Fioravanti


Jamie Varner vs. Nate Jolly. Video Props: IronforgesIron.com

In a move that would make Brett Favre proud, Jamie Varner has come out of retirement less than one month after retiring. Last night at XFC 14, Jamie Varner made his comeback fight (?) against 10-3 Tennessee prospect “Ladies Love” Nate Jolly. Seriously, that’s what the guy calls himself. And you thought we were delusional about our sex lives.

Before the fight, Jamie Varner told MMAFighting.com, “I know this guy is a very, very beatable guy. I’m bigger, I’m faster, I’m better in every position. I’m not too worried about what he brings to the table. If I go in there and perform to even half what I’m capable of, I should walk away with the W.” As you can see from the fight video, Jamie Varner was actually being pretty humble while assessing his opponent’s skills. After putting up nothing resembling a fight, Jolly was taken down and knocked out by the first punches that Varner landed.

It’s good to have you back, Jamie- even if most fans hadn’t even noticed that you left.

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*UPDATED* Paul Daley is Just F*cking With Us Now


(Video courtesy of YouTube/CharlesFightTime)

Either Paul Daley is getting sick of the constant ribbing he’s taken over the past few years about missing weight a handful of times and has decided to pay back the MMA media by throwing sending them into a tizzy, or the British welterweight has jumped up a weight class between bouts. Our money is on the former.

“Semtex” told reporters yesterday during an open media workout in Montreal that he had just over 24 hours to drop 40 pounds to make the 170-pound limit for his Ringside bout against Luigi Fioravanti. For those keeping score, most fighters drop between five and 12 pounds the week of the fight, but 40 is pretty much unheard of the day before an event, unless you’re Anthony Johnson.

When asked how he planned on dropping such an immense amount of mass, he deadpanned:

“A lot of shitting, a lot of sitting in a hot bath and a lot of saunaing, and not eating anything. I might even have to chop something off that weighs a lot. We’ll just leave it at that and we’ll move swiftly on.”

To add fuel to his story, Daley posted the following photo on his Facebook page of what he planned to eat after today’s weigh-ins:

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Nate Marquardt Wants Paul Daley for BAMMA Debut, Daley has Other Plans


“Cut to 170? In how long? Like we don’t already know how this will end.”

When former UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt initially signed with BAMMA, most of us wondered who, aside from Paul Daley, Marquardt could fight in the organization. Nate Marquardt is currently set to make his BAMMA debut at BAMMA 8 on December 10 in Nottingham, England. While Nate has been busy vying for a fight with Paul Daley, it is starting to look like this fight may not happen. At least not any time this year.

Earlier this week, Paul Daley took to his website, stating, “I’m sorry to announce that I will not be fighting on the BAMMA 8 card in Nottingham on 10th December. Details as to why I will not be appearing on this card will remain undisclosed. I was most definitely looking forward to competing in front of my home town crowd, and was positive the event would have gone down in, not only Nottingham’s prestigious fighting history, but in UK MMA history as well… The rumours of a possible matchup between myself and Nate are now extremely unlikely to happen.”

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Daley Has Back-to-Back Fights Lined Up Against Radev and Fioravanti in September and October



(Semtex is doin’ work to get back in contention.)

Paul Daley will have a busy next two months with back to back fights under two different banners in two different continents.

The 27-11-2 British knockout artist who is 0-2 in his last two fights against Tyron Woodley and Nick Diaz is slated to take on Bulgarian welterweight and fellow UFC vet Jordan Radev (23-4) at BAMMA 7 September 10 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.

If all goes well and he walks away from the bout unscathed, six weeks later “Semtex” will hop a plane to Quebec, Canada where he will square off with another fellow UFC vet, Luigi Fioravanti (22-10) at Ringside 12 on October 21 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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Unemployment Crisis Hits the UFC: Clementi, Fioravanti, Wellisch + Others Sacked

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("No Love" has "No Job." Photo courtesy of UFC.com.)

Now that the country is losing jobs at a rate of almost 20,000/day, it was only a matter of time before the UFC’s contracted fighters began to feel the crunch. FiveOuncesofPain reports that the following fighters have been released from their contracts — and will now enter the worst job market since World War II:

Rich Clementi was dropped shortly after tapping to a guillotine choke in the first round of his match with Gleison Tibau at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 17. It was his second-consecutive loss in the Octagon, following a previous decision loss to Gray Maynard at UFC 90. This is actually the third time that the UFC has given Clementi his walking papers; he was also dropped after losing his first UFC fight to Yves Edwards in 2003, and again after going 1-2 following his stint on TUF 4 in 2006-7.

Luigi Fioravanti was also cut after UFC Fight Night 17. Though he was able to score a decision win over Brodie Farber at "Fight for the Troops" in December, his first-round TKO loss to Anthony Johnson on Saturday was his fourth loss in his last six UFC appearances.

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‘The Nightmare’ to Return in June; UFC Stars to Hit the Big Screen?

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(Sanchez, lookin’ like a straight badass.)

Sherdog reports that Diego Sanchez, born-again-hard after his beating of David Bielkheden earlier this month at UFC 82, has verbally accepted a main-event fight against fellow welterweight Luigi Fioravanti at the Ultimate Fighter 7 finale on June 21st in Las Vegas. Fioravanti has a 3-2 record in the UFC, and most recently threw around Luke “Sickly” Cummo at “Pride of a Champion.” It feels like a second tune-up match for Sanchez, but at least it’s relatively high-profile; if Sanchez ever had contract beef with the UFC, it’s been resolved and he’s back on the star track again.

The other UFC news that interests us today is this Variety feature (dug up by MMAPayout) about the potential of MMA stars crossing over into Hollywood. The important bit:

[I]nvestors have approached UFC’s execs about forming a film division that would produce pics that star the league’s fighters. WWE has a similar arm that’s pumped out three pics so far and is readying its fourth.

Does this mean we’ll be seeing a new version of See No Evil starring Tim Sylvia? A “UFC Films” deal could potentially turn into a quagmire of ill-advised cheesiness — but on the other hand, Quinton Jackson needs some better roles than Midnight Meat Train

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