Jamie Varner had some interesting comments to make this week following his loss to Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox 4, which lose by triangle in the third round but pick up a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts.
“I fight with reckless abandon. I think that’s why I got Fight of the Night. I think that’s why people enjoy watching me fight, because I don’t stop. You live by the sword, you die by the sword, unfortunately. Because I fight so hard and I scramble a lot I put myself in bad positions and I do get caught,” he told HDNet Fights host Bas Rutten.
“And it sucks, but like I said, I’d rather fight hard and have people enjoy watching me fight than just always go out there and fight not to lose.”
To illustrate his point, Varner claimed he “could’ve beat Joe Lauzon with a jab. I could’ve ran, thrown the jab, thrown kicks, kept him away, and won a boring fight; won a boring decision. I could’ve done that in the third round too.
“But no, I wanted to put pressure on him. I wanted to be exciting. I wanted to go for the finish. I’m always looking for the finish. And unfortunately I got caught.”
The loss takes Varner to 1-1 since joining the UFC as a late-notice stand-in to face Edson Barboza at UFC 146. He won that fight, to most people’s surprise, and thus retained his place on the roster. A former WEC champion, Varner was not brought over to the UFC when most of that organisation’s talent was, as he had gone on a serious slide in form.