World Extreme Cagefighting returned to action this Sunday, with the promising WEC 49: Varner vs Shalorus fight card. Former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner faced one of the toughest tests of his career against the relentless Kamal Shalorus, delivering a very entertaining bout in the main event of promotion’s first international fight card.
Top class wrestler Kamal Shalorus decided that he wants to stand-up with Varner, stinging the Arizona-native with lethal leg kicks. Varner was counter-punching during the most parts of the fight, but he still managed to win the first round and stun Shalorus in several occasions throughout the fight. Shalorus’ leg kicks continued in the second, but this time he was targeting Jamie Varner’s groin. The referee Josh Rosenthal was forced to deduct one point from Shalorus, after Varner went down in pain to the canvas for the second time. Varner was still winning the second, after stunning Shalorus for another time.
War of Attrition continued to the final third round, where Shalorus finally took the fight to the ground. Varner was aggressive enough off his back, firing submission attempts, elbows and punches at Shalorus. “The Prince of Persia” was not able to inflict too much damage while in Varner’s guard, constantly switching between full and half-guard positions.
In the end of this awkward fight, the judges decided to call a Split Draw, scoring the bout (29-27, 27-29, 28-28). Both fighters showed a huge heart in this fight, but in my personal opinion it was Jamie Varner who deserved to leave Canada victorious, and Kamal Shalorus who deserved to get another point deducted after a third kick to the groin.