It’s been said time and time again that a fighter should never let a bout go to a decision, and unfortunately for Jamie Varner, he got the short end of the stick this time.
Although Varner didn’t take a loss like UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua did at UFC 104, he had to settle for a draw after eating three low blows during the bout.
His opponent, Kamal Shalorus, only got one point taken away for his second of three low blows. The fact that Shalorus wasn’t deducted a point for the three-peat of low blows is debatable, and may have cost Varner the bout.
Many, including 5thRound.com, had Varner winning the bout 29-27, but obviously the judge’s saw it another way.
Cameron Quwek scored it 29-27 for Shalorus, which means he had the Iranian winning all three rounds, but he took a point for the groin kick.
Doc Hamilton gave Varner a 29-27 decision while Cecil Peoples scored the bout a 28-28 draw.
It was clear from the outset that Shalorus was going to use leg kicks to take Varner’s base from him, but most if not all the damage was done by Varner, who rocked his opponent twice during the bout.
Following the fight, a visibly upset Varner gave credit where credit was due and said his opponent was the “toughest guy that you HAVE heard of.”