Jamie Varner Says He Plans on Retiring When He Turns 32
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.29.2014
He faces Abel Trujillo at UFC 169 this week…
MMAjunkie Radio recently interviewed UFC lightweight fighter Jamie Varner this week. Varner is set to face Abel Trujillo at UFC 169 later this weekend. Below are some highlights.
Varner on his long fight career and his plans to retire at age 32: "I only got one fight in 2013, and I see my window closing as far as being an athlete and competing at this high level. I've been fighting as a professional since I was 18; I've got 11 years in the sport.
"I started at the UFC in 2006, so that's a long time, man. Plus, I started boxing when I was 11 years old and wrestling when I was 14. It's a long time to be taking beatings. I want to make the most of it. I want to get three or four fights this year and three or four next year, and I'm going to retire when I'm 32."
Varner on his fight against Trujillo: "First, I've got to focus on the fight with Abel. I've had a four-week training camp. I'm confident. I don't think is going to be able to beat me, but all it takes is one mistake, and the fight could be over…Abel's a very fast, athletic, explosive dude. He's a lot like Melvin Guillard; I would say he's a little bit hungrier than the Melvin that I fought."
Varner on how Trujillo has gotten better: "From the first time he fought Roger to the second time, he was a completely different cat. He's getting better. He's with a great camp; they have an Olympic gold medal wrestler teaching them wrestling."