by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Fighters always say to leave it all in the ring.
Physically both Jamie Varner and Kamal Shalorus did just about that exact thing as both fighters suffered broken bones during their three-round war at WEC 49 on Sunday night.
In between rounds, both Shalorus and Varner could be heard telling their cornermen that a hand was injured. Following the end of the bout, Varner winced in pain as his glove was taken off, and was loudly protesting any movement of his hands and fingers when putting on his t-shirt.
The second round saw Varner break both his right hand and foot, landing flush shots on Shalorus, but costing him two major weapons for later in the fight.
“I did my hand and my foot in the second round. I kicked him in the head in the first round, and I’m like ‘okay that kind of hurt,’ and then in the second round when I kicked him I’m like ‘holy cow, not going to do that no more,” said Varner after the fight.
“My right hand, he likes to duck his head a lot, and I knew that coming into the fight. I was going to set up the right hand and start throwing knees, but I was having so much success with my punches I was hoping one of them would put him out, but I caught the top of his hard head, and next thing I know my hand’s broke, my foot’s broke, and I’m getting kicked in the nuts a lot.”
The groin shots that landed flush three different times in the fight may keep Varner from sitting comfortably for a while, but the hand and foot will sideline him for an undetermined amount of time. Varner sat out the majority of 2009 after a fight with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone resulted in a broken hand, broken foot, and an eye injury.
Shalorus didn’t walk away unscathed either.
The Iranian wrestler cracked his hand punching Varner, but he wasn’t sure when it happened exactly.
“I think I broke my hand, and we’ll see what happens. I don’t know (when it broke),” said Shalorus.
When the doctor’s reports come out in a few days more information will be available for the severity of the injuries, and MMAWeekly.com will continue to follow the recovery time for the fighters as the information becomes available.