Posted by CornishMMA
Love it when people make threads like this AFTER the fighter has won a big fight! Dude you didnt even pick him to win!
Varner lost to Franca, and then beat a can, why wouldnt the UFC keep him if he was a top LW fighter? Dont get me wrong he did good and surprised me but he isnt "the real deal" if that terms means a top LW in the UFC
Crunkilton would beat him imo
I agree, that he may not yet be the REAL DEAL. However, the kid has talent and just like Carlos Condit, he is only 23 years old. Yes, he did lose to Franca, but people forget that it was his first fight at 155 and also his debut in the UFC. I know I'm giving excuses for his loss, but you can't deny that he succumbed to the "UFC jitters" and clearly gassed in the third and Franca was able to finish him. He clearly won the first two rounds. I am not trying to take anything away from Franca, he won that fight fair and square. I just want people to realize how much potential Varner has.
Ultimately, Varner just about beat a guy who went 5 rounds with Sherk and was able to drop Sherk two or three times with devastating knees. I think Varner deserves more credit than he is getting. Hopefully, the UFC is just letting him get some more experience in the WEC and they will bring him back. I know, enough of the woulda shoulda, but you can't deny that he should have won his UFC debut against a highly touted fighter.
Also, I think he would pick apart Crunklifton and finish him in the 2nd or win a decision.
I will agree that he hasn't truly be tested yet, Hermes and Razor were good tests no doubt. However, I would like to see how he would do against Edgar, Griffin, Guida, and Huerta.