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Jamie Varner

Jamie "C-4" Varner

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  • Given Name: James Christopher Varner
  • MMA Record: 21-11-1, 2 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: C-4
  • Current Streak: 4 Losses
  • Age: 32 | Date of Birth: 1984.12.10
  • Last Fight: December 13, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: MMA Lab
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $345,500 USD
  • Born: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Dobson Shores, Arizona
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Jamie Varner MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:52 Round 1 of 3

Us Drew Dober
21-10-1 14-6-0

Us UFC on FOX 13: Dos Santos vs. Miocic
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.12.13
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Fort Minor - Remember the Name
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 1 of 3

Us James Krause
21-9-1 20-5-0

Us UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.05.24
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $17,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog | Injuries Sustained: Broken leg, torn ligaments
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
2:32 Round 2 of 3, 7:32 Total

Us Abel Trujillo
21-8-1 11-5-0

Us UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.02.01
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#4 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
#3 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
UFC 169 Fight of the Night
UFC 169 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Pat Healy UFC on FOX 9 2013.12.14
Reason: Varner Torn Rotator Cuff
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Gleison Tibau
21-7-1 28-9-0

Us UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.08.31
Odds: -110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $17,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Melvin Guillard
20-7-1 30-11-2

Us UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.12.29
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni
Cancelled Bout Melvin Guillard TUF 16 Finale 2012.12.15
Reason: Varner Illness
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:44 Round 3 of 3, 12:44 Total

Us Joe Lauzon
20-6-1 21-7-0

Us UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.08.04
Odds: -105 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Luis Cobian
#53 Greatest Fight of All Time
#18 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#10 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
#3 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
UFC on FOX 4 Fight of the Night
UFC on FOX 4 Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:23 Round 1 of 3

Br Edson Barboza
19-6-1 10-0-0

Us UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.05.26
Odds: +400 (Heavy Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#48 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
#39 Biggest Upset of All Time
Cancelled Bout Lee King Legacy FC 11 2012.05.11
Reason: Varner to UFC
Win | Submission | Strikes
0:40 Round 1 of 3

Us Drew Fickett
18-6-1 41-16-0

Us XFC 16: High Stakes
Main Event | Catchweight | 160 lbs

2012.02.10
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 160.0 lbs (72.6 kgs) | Referee: Gary Copeland
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:09 Round 1 of 3

Us Nate Jolly
17-6-1 10-3-0

Us XFC 14: Resurrection
Main Event | Catchweight | 160 lbs

2011.10.21
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 159.4 lbs (72.3 kgs) | Referee: Chris Adams
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Dakota Cochrane
17-5-1 10-1-0

Us Titan FC 20: Varner vs. Cochrane
Main Event | Catchweight | 165 lbs

2011.09.23
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 164.8 lbs (74.8 kgs) | Referee: Chuck Wolfe
Cancelled Bout Alonzo Martinez Titan FC 20 2011.09.23
Reason: Martinez Legal Issues
Win | Submission | Choke
1:30 Round 1 of 3

Us Tyler Combs
16-5-1 13-7-1

Us XFO 39: Curran vs. Pearson
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.05.13
Referee: Scott Fisher
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:55 Round 1 of 3

Us Shane Roller
16-4-1 8-3-0

Us WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.12.16
Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
WEC 53 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Donald Cerrone
16-3-1 11-3-0

Us WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.09.30
Odds: -150 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#21 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#26 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
WEC 51 Fight of the Night
Draw | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ir Kamal Shalorus
16-3-0 6-0-1

Ca WEC 49: Varner vs Shalorus
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.06.20
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:41 Round 3 of 5, 12:41 Total

Us Benson Henderson
16-2-0 10-1-0

Us WEC 46: Varner vs Henderson
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.01.10
Odds: -133 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#28 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 23:10 Total

Us Donald Cerrone
15-2-0 9-0-0

Us WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.01.25
Odds: -158 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $41,500 ($17K Base, $17K Bonus, $7,500 Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#29 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#20 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
WEC 38 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:08 Round 1 of 5

Us Marcus Hicks
14-2-0 8-0-0

Us WEC 35: Condit vs Miura
Main Card | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.08.03
Odds: -218 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:54 Round 3 of 5, 12:54 Total

Us Rob McCullough
13-2-0 15-3-0

Us WEC 32: New Mexico
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2008.02.13
Odds: -110 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:08 Round 1 of 3

Us Sherron Leggett
12-2-0 14-3-0

Us WEC 29: Condit vs Larson
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.08.05
Odds: -263 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Choke
1:34 Round 1 of 3

Us Jason Gilliam
11-2-0 11-0-0

Us UFC 68: Uprising
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.03.03
Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Mark Matheny
Loss | Submission | Armlock
3:31 Round 3 of 3, 13:31 Total

Br Hermes França
11-1-0 15-5-0

Us UFC 62: Liddell vs Sobral
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.08.26
Odds: +400 (Heavy Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $3,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Spencer Fisher UFC 62 2006.08.26
Reason: Fisher Withdrew
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Leonard Wilson

Us Rage in the Cage

2006.01.14
No Contest

Us Tony Llamas

Us King of the Cage

2005.07.09
Win | Submission | Strikes

Us Paul Arroyo

Us Rage in the Cage

2005.06.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Adam Roland

Us Rage in the Cage

2005.06.11
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Ca Jesse Bongfeldt

Ca British Columbia Regional

2004.07.23
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Kyle Bradley

Us United States Regional

2004.06.26
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Kyle Sprouse

Us Rage in the Cage

2004.06.12
Win | Submission | Choke

Ca Garett Davis

Ca British Columbia Regional

2004.05.14
No Contest

Us James Upshur

Us Rage in the Cage

2004.04.30
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Jarvis Brennaman

Us Arizona Regional

2003.07.19
Win | Submission | Choke

Us David Klein

Us Rage in the Cage

2003.07.12
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Justin Nauling

Us Rage in the Cage

2003.06.07
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jesse Moreng

Us Rage in the Cage

2003.04.12
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Carlos Ortega

Us Rage in the Cage

2003.03.27

Jamie Varner Wiki Update Wiki

After going 1-1 with the UFC from 2006-2007, Jamie Varner moved to the WEC lightweight division, where he quickly took the WEC Lightweight Championship by defeating former champion Rob McCullough with a spectacular TKO finishing sequence in the third round. Following the victory, Varner defended his title twice, defeating Marcus Hicks by TKO in the first round and taking a Technical Split Decision win over Donald Cerrone in a brutal, back-and-forth fight in 2009.


After losing his title to Ben Henderson in 2010, Varner rebounded with one of the best fights of the year against Iranian wrestler Kamal Shalorus in June, going three rounds (half with bone fractures to the foot and hand) and adding a draw to his record following a controversial decision.


Undoubtedly one of the best fighters in the WEC, Varner’s progress at the top of the division has repeatedly been halted due by his propensity for injury during his fights. Varner has broken hands, feet, and other bones in the cage, even in fights in which he emerged victorious. Varner has occasionally adopted the “bad guy” persona in lead-ups to fights, earning detractors with his trash talking and confident swagger.


Varner would get the call up to the UFC to face a rising prospect in Edson Barboza who was just coming off a highlight reel Knockout of the Night. Varner was a heavy underdog but proved he still has what it takes finishing Barboza by TKO in the 1st round. Varner has since gone 1-2 with a victory over Melvin Guillard and losses to Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau. He would lose another when he fought Abel Trujillo at UFC 169. He was finished by TKO in the second round for the first time in his career. However his effort in the fight would still earn him Fight of the Night honors.

Last updated 04.09.2014, 10:13 AM ET
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