|Born||James Christopher Varner
October 12, 1984
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Team||Arizona Combat Sports
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Gustavo Dantas|
|Years active||2003 – 2014|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Lock Haven University|
|Notable school(s)||Deer Valley High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Varner attended Deer Valley High School where he competed in wrestling. At Deer Valley, Varner was a two-time Regional Champion and a State Runner Up and went on to compete at Pima Community College where he was a two-time National Qualifier and a National Runner Up, in addition to being an NJCAA All-American and a two-time Academic All-American. Varner then earned a full scholarship to continue competing at Lock Haven University and also competed in boxing, winning an NCBA (National College Boxing Association) Championship.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Varner competed twice in the UFC. His first appearance was against veteran Hermes Franca, which Varner lost via submission (armbar) in round three. His final appearance was against formerly undefeated Jason Gilliam, which he won via first round submission (rear naked choke). After this win, Varner transferred to the WEC.
World Extreme Cagefighting
He next retained his title on January 25, 2009, defeating Donald Cerrone via technical split decision at WEC 38. The fight was highly competitive and won the Fight of the Night award. However, the fight was stopped prematurely in the fifth round when Cerrone hit Varner's temple with an illegal knee while Varner was still on the ground. Varner was given time to recover, but he was unable to continue, noting that he had double vision and had sustained a broken hand.
Varner was expected to face Kamal Shalorus on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48, but the bout was called off due to an injury sustained by Shalorus. Varner/Shalorus was then rescheduled for June 20, 2010 at WEC 49. The match ended in a split draw.
In his first post-Zuffa fight, Varner fought Tyler Combs for XFO and won via submission in the first round. He was also in negotiations for a possible fight against DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki at the end of May 2011, but the bout did not materialize.
Varner has signed a three-fight contract with XFC. He debuted on the XFC 14 show, defeating Nate Jolly via KO in round one. He returned on the XFC 16 High Stakes card which took place on February 10, 2012 from the Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee. He defeated Drew Fickett via TKO due to strikes just 40 seconds into round one.
Return to the UFC
It was announced that Varner would replace Evan Dunham, who suffered an injury, to fight undefeated prospect Edson Barboza on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Varner defeated Barboza by TKO due to punches in the first round.
Varner replaced an injured Terry Etim against Joe Lauzon on August 4, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera. Varner broke his hand in the second round and lost at 2:44 in the third round via triangle choke. However, his performance earned him the $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus and a Fight of the Year nomination at the World MMA Awards.
Varner was scheduled to face Melvin Guillard on December 15, 2012 at the The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. However, Varner fell ill the day of the event and the bout was scrapped from the card. Varner/Guillard was rescheduled for December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Varner won the fight via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27). Joe Rogan said post fight that "whoever scored it 30 to 27 for Guillard should never be allowed to judge a fight again."
Varner faced Abel Trujillo on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169, replacing Bobby Green.  He lost the back-and-forth fight via knockout in the second round. Despite the loss, Varner was given a Fight of the Night bonus award for the bout. The loss was also Varner's first knockout loss in his career.
Varner next fought Drew Dober on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13. He lost the fight via a rear-naked choke. Varner landed on his head while attempting a takedown, temporarily rocking him and allowing Dober to take Varner's back to get the choke. In his post-fight interview inside the octagon, Varner announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (Three times)
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- Sherdog Awards
- 2012 Upset of the Year vs. Edson Barboza
- World MMA Awards
- 2012 Fight of the Year vs. Joe Lauzon
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|35 matches||21 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||21–11–1 (2)||Drew Dober||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic||December 13, 2014||1||1:52||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||21–10–1 (2)||James Krause||TKO (ankle injury)||UFC 173||May 24, 2014||1||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||21–9–1 (2)||Abel Trujillo||KO (punch)||UFC 169||February 1, 2014||2||2:32||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||21–8–1 (2)||Gleison Tibau||Decision (split)||UFC 164||August 31, 2013||3||5:00||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||21–7–1 (2)||Melvin Guillard||Decision (split)||UFC 155||December 29, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||20–7–1 (2)||Joe Lauzon||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera||August 4, 2012||3||2:44||Los Angeles, California, United States||Fight of the Night; 2012 Fight of the Year.|
|Win||20–6–1 (2)||Edson Barboza||TKO (punches)||UFC 146||May 26, 2012||1||3:23||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||2012 Upset of the Year.|
|Win||19–6–1 (2)||Drew Fickett||Submission (punches)||XFC 16||February 10, 2012||1||0:40||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States||160 lb Catchweight.|
|Win||18–6–1 (2)||Nate Jolly||KO (punches)||XFC 14||October 21, 2011||1||1:09||Orlando, Florida, United States||160 lb Catchweight.|
|Loss||17–6–1 (2)||Dakota Cochrane||Decision (unanimous)||Titan FC 20||September 23, 2011||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||165 lb Catchweight.|
|Win||17–5–1 (2)||Tyler Combs||Submission (north-south choke)||XFO 39||May 13, 2011||1||1:30||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Loss||16–5–1 (2)||Shane Roller||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 53||December 16, 2010||1||3:55||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||16–4–1 (2)||Donald Cerrone||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 51||September 30, 2010||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Draw||16–3–1 (2)||Kamal Shalorus||Draw (split)||WEC 49||June 20, 2010||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Shalorus had one point deducted in round two for illegal groin kicks.|
|Loss||16–3 (2)||Benson Henderson||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 46||January 10, 2010||3||2:41||Sacramento, California, United States||Lost WEC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||16–2 (2)||Donald Cerrone||Technical Decision (split)||WEC 38||January 25, 2009||5||3:10||San Diego, California, United States||Defended WEC Lightweight Championship; Fight of the Night.|
|Win||15–2 (2)||Marcus Hicks||TKO (punches)||WEC 35||August 3, 2008||1||2:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended WEC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||14–2 (2)||Rob McCullough||TKO (punches)||WEC 32||February 13, 2008||3||2:54||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States||Won WEC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||13–2 (2)||Sherron Leggett||TKO (punches and elbows)||WEC 29||August 5, 2007||1||4:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–2 (2)||Jason Gilliam||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 68||March 3, 2007||1||1:34||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||11–2 (2)||Hermes França||Submission (armbar)||UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral||August 26, 2006||3||3:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||11–1 (2)||Leonard Wilson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rage in the Cage 78||January 14, 2006||2||1:07||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|NC||10–1 (2)||Tony Llamas||No Contest||KOTC 56: Caliente||July 9, 2005||N/A||N/A||Globe, Arizona, United States||Llamas injured by an illegal strike.|
|Win||10–1 (1)||Paul Arroyo||Submission (punches)||Rage in the Cage 71||June 30, 2005||1||2:03||Tempe, Arizona, United States|
|Win||9–1 (1)||Adam Roland||TKO (punches)||Rage in the Cage 70||June 11, 2005||1||2:46||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||8–1 (1)||Jesse Bongfeldt||TKO (punches)||WFF 7: Professional Shooto||July 23, 2004||1||4:12||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||7–1 (1)||Kyle Bradley||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fight Factory||June 26, 2004||2||2:34||N/A|
|Win||6–1 (1)||Kyle Sprouse||Submission (choke)||RITC 63: It's Time||June 12, 2004||1||1:47||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||5–1 (1)||Garett Davis||Submission (triangle choke)||World Freestyle Fighting 6||May 14, 2004||1||3:52||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|NC||4–1 (1)||James Upshur||No Contest||RITC 61: Relentless||April 30, 2004||2||N/A||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||4–1||Jarvis Brennaman||Submission (triangle choke)||ECS: Evolution||July 19, 2003||1||1:22||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||3–1||Dave Klein||Submission (choke)||RITC 50: The Prelude||July 12, 2003||3||1:56||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||2–1||Justin Nauling||Submission (armbar)||RITC 49: Stare Down||June 7, 2003||2||0:38||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Jesse Moreng||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 47: Unstoppable||June 7, 2003||3||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||1–0||Carlos Ortega||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 46: Launching Pad||March 27, 2003||3||3:00||Tempe, Arizona, United States|
He is an alumnus of Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona, where he also was a part of the Deer Valley Skyhawk Wrestling Team. He attended Lock Haven University where he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity (he is not listed in the PI registry, if he joined it was after college) and spent his time at that school training both as a wrestler and a boxer, where he was NCBA (National Collegiate Boxing Association) Champion for the nationally recognized Lock Haven University boxing team. Also attended PCC(Pima Community College) outside of Maricopa county in Arizona.
Varner was instrumental in the legalization and forthcoming athletic sanctioning of mixed martial arts in the state of Arizona after giving testimony to the sport's legitimacy and ongoing development as an athletic profession.
- "Fight Card - UFC 173 Barao vs. Dillashaw". UFC.com. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
- Luke Thomas (February 12, 2008). "Jamie Varner's First-Rate Preparation for WEC 32". bloodyelbow.com.
- vinceo66 (October 24, 2012). "4th Southwest Classic Jamie Varner vs Gottrell King FOR THE GOLD!!!". YouTube. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
- "Henderson Conquers Varner for Title". www.wec.tv. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
- "Jamie Varner vs. Kamal Shalorus likely for WEC 48 PPV main card". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
- "WEC 49: 'Varner vs Shalorus' official for June 20 in Edmonton". mmamania.com. 2010-04-15.
- "VARNER VS. CERRONE 2 SIGNED FOR WEC 51". mmaweekly.com. 2010-07-20.
- "Jamie Varner To Face Shane Roller at WEC 53". mmaweekly.com. October 22, 2010.
- "Former WEC Champion Jamie Varner Released From WEC/UFC Following Loss". mmaweekly.com. December 28, 2010.
- "Shinya Aoki Will Fight at Dream 17; McKee and Varner Possible Opponents (UPDATED)". mmaweekly.com. May 6, 2011.
- Tom Ngo (May 1, 2012). "Jamie Varner Replaces Injured Evan Dunham at UFC 146". 5thround.com.
- "Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner added to TUF 16 Finale in December". mmajunkie.com. November 1, 2012.
- "Illness forces Jamie Varner out of Melvin Guillard fight". mmafighting.com. December 15, 2012.
- "Lightweights Jamie Varner and Gleison Tibau set for UFC 164 in Milwaukee". mmajunkie.com. June 19, 2013.
- "Pat Healy vs. Jamie Varner added to December's UFC on FOX 9 event". mmajunkie.com. October 6, 2013.
- Tim Burke. "Bobby Green in for Jamie Varner, will face Pat Healy at UFC on Fox 9". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- Staff (2013-12-31). "Abel Trujillo gets new opponent for UFC 169 main card". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
- Matt Erickson. "UFC 169 bonuses: Abel Trujillo banks $125K, Varner gets $75K". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
- Staff (2014-02-24). "Jamie Varner meets James Krause at UFC 173 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
- Ben Fowlkes (2014-05-24). "Jamie Varner breaks ankle, James Krause gets TKO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- John Morgan (2014-09-10). "Valley MMA star James Varner to fight in Phoenix UFC event". azcentral.com. Retrieved 2014-09-10.
- MMAjunkie Staff (December 13, 2014). "Jamie Varner calls it a career following UFC on FOX 13 loss". mmajunkie.com.
- Official UFC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Jamie Varner from Sherdog
- http://www.jamievarner.com Official Site
|Awards and achievements|
|5th WEC Lightweight Champion
February 13, 2008 - January 10, 2010