Former WEC titleholder Jamie Varner found himself hobbling around the Octagon early in his bout with James Krause tonight. A leg kick buckled him, allowing Krause to use his reach advantage for strikes. Krause also dominated the bout’s groundwork.
But Varner just kept coming — avoiding the BJJ brown belt from Mississippi’s submission attempts on the mat, and hitting the occasional strike in standup.
Still, common sense prevailed, and with Varner’s ankle appearing broken, the official was forced to stop the bout between rounds.
The win was Krause’s second in three UFC appearances. A +160 underdog, he improves his overall MMA record to 21-5 with the victory. Varner, of Arizona, falls to 34-10-2 with the loss.
At UFC 173, James Krause defeated Jamie Varner by TKO (Injury) at 5:00 of round one.