Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner
Round 1: They take the center of the Octagon. Lauzon moves forward. Varner circles on the outside and jumps in with a right hand to the body. Varner, again, goes to the body with hard shots. Varner delivers a solid kick to the body as Lauson moved in. Varner lands a right hand that knocks Lauzon off balance. Lauzon lands a combination and clinches. He lands a knee to the head from inside the clinch. Varner frees himself and moves away. Varner attempts a flying knee. Lauzon lands a left hand. Varner returns fire with a kick to the body. Varner throwing big shots but Lauzon covers up. Lauzon lands a big shot to the body. Varner returns the favor with a left hook to the body. Varner moves in and eats a right hand. Varner lands a right hand that drops Lauzon. Varner goes into Lauzon’s guard looking to finish. Lauzon recovers. They scramble. Varner lands two knees to the body at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Varner.
Round 2: They both move to the Bud Light logo in the center of the cage. Varner fires first with two outside leg kicks. Lauzon moving forward. Lauzon checks a leg kick. Varner circles on the outside. Varner goes to the body and clinches. He lands a short elbow on the inside. Lauzon goes for a takedown. Varner briefly looked for a guillotine. Lauzon takes his back and has both hooks in. Varner stands and turns and is out of it. They separate. Varner looks to have slowed a little. He lands a combination of hooks to the body of Lauzon. Lauzon fires back and presses forward with punches. Lauzon takes him down and lands a series of left hands. Varner gets up but Lauzon stays on him and drags him to the canvas. Lauzon takes his back and works for a rear naked choke. Lauzon slide around to the mount position. Lauzon works for an arm triangle choke. Varner defends. Varner stands and escapes out the back and lands elbows at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon.
Round 3: They hug to start the final round. Lauzon controls the center of the cage. Varner didn’t have his mouth piece in so they get it and put it in. Varner jumps in with an elbow. Lauzon shoots for a takedown. Varner sprawls and circles away. Lauzon moves forward and Varner drops down and secures a double leg takedown. Lauzon sweeps him and they’re back to their feet. Varner moves in with a combination. Varner delivers a series of elbows on the inside but Lauzon covers. Varner gets a double leg but Lauzon reverses him and applies a triangle choke. Varner fights but can’t get out. Varner taps. Fight of the night thus far.
The official time of the submission was 2:44 of the third round.