Round 1: They touch gloves and the fight is underway. They circle in the center of the cage. Guillard lands an outside leg kick. Varner answers with a kick to the body. Guillard working leg kicks early. Varner inches forward. Varner lands a right hand and Guillard moves away. Guillard steps in with his jab. Varner looking to counter. Guillard delivers a hard outside leg kick. Guillard working Varner’s legs with kicks. They exchange. Varner lands a combination. One minute remains in the round. Varner goes for a takedown but Guillard shakes it off. Guillard continues to work the legs of Varner with kicks. Varner picks up the pace. He lands a combination to the body and a right hook that hurts Guillard. Varner works for a guillotine choke at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Guillard.
Round 2: Guillard works to establish his jab. He continues to work the legs of Varner with kicks. Varner secures a takedown. Varner postures up. He works to take Guillard’s back. Guillard escapes out the back door and looks for a guillotine choke. Varner gets free and Guillard lands a knee. They exchange. Guillard goes for a high kick. Varner secures a double leg takedown. Two minutes remain in the round. Guillard gets to his feet and they separate. Guillard lands a right hand. Guillard steps in with his jab. Varner lands a hard right hand. They exchange kicks. Varner lands an accidental kick to the groin. Guillard falls to the canvas in pain. He recovers and the fight is restarted. Guillard delivers a kick to the body. He lands an outside leg kick. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Varner.
Round 3: Guillard comes forward with a flying knee attempt. Varner looks for the takedown but Guillard shakes it off. Varner presses forward. Varner secures a takedown. He works for a guillotine choke but Guillard fends it off. Guillard gains top position. Guillard works inside Varner’s open guard. Varner gets to his feet and lands a right hand as they separated. Varner drops down and secures a double leg takedown. Guillard stands and they separate. Two minutes remain in the round. Varner ducks under a punch and takes Guillard down. Varner lands short shots. Guillard attempts an arm bar. Varner gets free but Guillard reverses him. Varner reverses the position. He works inside Guillard’s closed guard. Guillard kicks him off and gets back to his feet. Guillard lands a knee to the body. Varner slams Guillard to the canvas at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Varner.
The judges score the fight for Varner by split decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 27-30, and 30-27.