A lot of fans wrote lightweight Jamie Varner off after Zuffa opted to let him explore the regional scene rather than bring him over from WEC due to an 0-3-1 record in four fights preceding the promotion’s absorption into the UFC. And, with a 1-1 record outside of the organization including a loss to Dakota Cochrane, Varner’s performance definitely didn’t seem to dispute the notion his best days were behind him.
However, the 28-year old has bounced back since, going 4-1 including wins over Edson Barboza and Melvin Guillard since being brought back to the Octagon. Though Varner doesn’t have anything lined up at the moment, he recently let Fighters.com know he’s ready to fight and would be more than willing to step up as a late replacement if need be.
“I always try and stay in shape and we have a lot of lightweight fights coming up in the UFC, so you really never know,” explained Varner. “One of my goals is try and be ready to fight in case I can. There are a lot of fights coming up, and I am always willing to help the UFC and fill in if I can.”
Varner is 21-7-1 in his career with other notable wins over Drew Fickett and Donald Cerrone. Eighteen of his victories have featured a finish including eleven submissions and seven TKOs.
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