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.
‚ÄúI fight with reckless abandon. I think that‚Äôs why I got Fight of the Night. I think that‚Äôs why people enjoy watching me fight, because I don‚Äôt 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,‚ÄĚ he told HDNet Fights host Bas Rutten.
‚ÄúAnd it sucks, but like I said, I‚Äôd rather fight hard and have people enjoy watching me fight than just always go out there and fight not to lose.‚ÄĚ
To illustrate his point, Varner claimed he ‚Äúcould‚Äôve beat Joe Lauzon with a jab. I could‚Äôve ran, thrown the jab, thrown kicks, kept him away, and won a boring fight; won a boring decision. I could‚Äôve done that in the third round too.
‚ÄúBut no, I wanted to put pressure on him. I wanted to be exciting. I wanted to go for the finish. I‚Äôm always looking for the finish. And unfortunately I got caught.‚ÄĚ¬†
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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs talent was, as he had gone on a serious slide in form.
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