Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner
Steve Mazzagatti is our referee to start things off. Varner comes bouncing in and Barboza slaps him with a leg kick, then a few more. Head kick attempt by Barboza, and Varner catches it and leverages it into a takedown. Varner tries to get his offense working from the top, but Barboza gets him off and gets to his feet. The leg kicks resume right away. After he’s had enough, Varner starts counter-punching when Barboza kicks, and he does so with great success. Varner rocks Barboza with a straight punch, and Barboza is paying shockingly little attention to defending his face. A wobbled Barboza tries to lumber away from the attack, but Varner keeps the pressure on and dumps him on the mat. Barboza rolls for a leg, perhaps looking for a sweep, but he only succeeds in trapping his own arm, opening up his temple for a torrent of free hammer fists from Varner. Mazzagatti has seen enough, and he steps in to wave it off. Barboza doesn’t like it, but come on, how many undefended blows do you expect the ref to let you take?
Jamie Varner def. Edson Barboza via TKO (punches) at 3:43 of round 1
I'm so happy for Jamie!!