Jamie Varner vs. James Krause
Round 1: Krause takes the center of the cage. He lands an outside leg kick. Varner circles on the outside. Krause lands a right hand over the top. Krause lands a front kick to the face of Varner. He lands a combination. Varner is hurt. Strange movement by him. He could be injured. He flops to his back. Krause lands an outside leg kick. Varner drives forward and secures a takedown. Varner looks to have an injured ankle or foot. Krause reverses Varner. He works from the half guard position. Krause lands short elbows. Varner gains top position. He lands shots. Krause gets to his feet. They work for position along the cage. Krause lands a right hand. Varner spins to the ground. Krause lets Varner to his feet. Varner’s left leg is definitely hurt. Krause lands a leg kick to the left leg. Varner looks for a takedown. Krause stuffs it. Varner stays on the canvas and says, “my ankle is broke.” The fight is over.
Krause wins by TKO due to injury at 5:00 of the opening round.
“One of the things we worked on was kicking the calfs. I threw one and Jamie lifted his knee to check it. I felt the contact with his ankle and when he stepped back I saw that he had injured it. After that I started to target the ankle and unfortunately he wasn’t able to answer the second round. You never want to see an opponent get hurt out there but I especially didn’t want to see Varner get injured. I’m a big fan and I looked up to him. I know that we could’ve given the fans a great three round fight if we had the opportunity. Hats off to him and I wish him a full and speedy recovery.”