Jamie Varner vs Hermes Franca
Varner striking well from the outside as the first round begins. Hermes working leg kicks and trying to close the distance. Varner shoots in and Hermes attempts a guillotine. Varner now standing with Hermes lying on the canvas. Varner looking comfortable early in the round as he lunges in with punches. Hermes catches a punch and tries an omaplata. Hermes scrambles to his feet and attempts another guillotine. Both fighters now standing. Varner lands a solid knee to Hermes’ midsection. Hermes lands a right hand just before the round closes. WE score it 10-9 for Varner.
Varner scores a single-leg takedown and lands some punches from Hermes’ guard. Again Franca looks for an omaplata. Varner moves to his feet and Franca follows. Varner scores another takedown. Varner now on Hermes’ back, with Franca working for a Kimura. Varner back in Franca's guard and working elbows and punches.
Perhaps sensing his possible disadvantage on the judges’ scorecards, Hermes turns up the heat. Franca lands a knee that stuns Varner. Referee “Big” John McCarthy takes a point from Varner for running but it allows him time to recover. Varner now working from Hermes’ guard. Franca finishes the fight with a nasty unorthodox armbar from an omaplata position at 3:31 of the third round.