|Born||James Christopher Varner
October 12, 1984
|Other names||Showtime, The Worm, C-4|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Team||Arizona Combat Sports|
|University||Lock Haven University|
|Notable school(s)||Deer Valley High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
He retained his title on January 25, 2009 against Donald Cerrone at WEC 38. The fight was highly competitive and won fight of the night honors. However, the fight was stopped prematurely in the fifth round when Cerrone hit Varner's temple with an illegal knee while Varner was still on the ground. Varner was given time to recover, but he was unable to continue, noting that he had double vision and had sustained a broken hand.
The controversial nature of the stoppage, and many fans in the MMA communities disapproval of the result to a good fight, has tarnished Varner's once impeccable reputation as a tough fighter. The months following have led to potential rematch opportunities which have not occurred. Amidst speculation that Varner was avoiding the fight, and exaggerating an array of injuries that proceed the Cerrone match. This, and Varner's subsequent inability to perform since the Cerrone fight (despite Cerrone's ability to do the contrary) has led the WEC to set up an interim title bout between Cerrone and Henderson. Henderson defeated Cerrone via unanimous decision to win the WEC Interim Lightweight Championship.
Varner was expected to face Kamal Shalorus on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48, but that bout has been called off due to an injury sustained by Shalorus. Varner is now likely to compete at WEC 49 on June 20, 2010.
He is an alumnus of Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona, where he also was a part of the Deer Valley Skyhawk Wrestling Team. He attended Lock Haven University where he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity (he is not listed in the PI registry, if he joined it was after college) and spent his time at that school training both as a wrestler and a boxer, where he was NCBA (National Collegiate Boxing Association) Champion for the nationally recognized Lock Haven University boxing team.
Varner was instrumental in the legalization and forthcoming athletic sanctioning of mixed martial arts in the state of Arizona after giving testimony to the sport's legitimacy and ongoing development as an athletic profession.
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||16 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||16-3||Ben Henderson||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson||2010-01-10||3||2:41||Sacramento, California, United States||Lost WEC Lightweight Title|
|Win||16-2||Donald Cerrone||Technical Decision (Split)||WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone||2009-01-25||5||1:58||San Diego, California, United States||Defended WEC Lightweight Title.
Due to an unintentional knee on the ground by Cerrone, the fight was stopped at 1:58 of round 5 and went to the scorecards. Won Fight of the Night Honors.
|Win||15-2||Marcus Hicks||TKO (Punches)||WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura||2008-08-03||1||2:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended WEC Lightweight title|
|Win||14-2||Rob McCullough||TKO (Punches)||WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater||2008-02-13||3||2:54||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Won WEC Lightweight title|
|Win||13-2||Sherron Leggett||TKO (Strikes)||WEC 29: Condit vs. Larson||2007-08-05||1||4:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WEC debut|
|Win||12-2||Jason Gilliam||Technical Submission (Rear naked choke)||UFC 68: The Uprising||2007-03-03||1||1:34||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||11-2||Hermes Franca||Submission (Armbar)||UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral||2006-08-26||3||3:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||UFC debut|
|Win||11-1||Leonard Wilson||Submission (choke)||RITC 78||2006-01-14||2||1:07||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|NC||10-1||Tony Llamas||No Contest||KOTC Arizona||2005-07-09||N/A||N/A||Globe, Arizona, United States|
|Win||10-1||Paul Arroyo||Submission (strikes)||RITC 71||2005-06-30||1||2:03||Tempe, Arizona, United States|
|Win||9-1||Adam Roland||TKO||RITC 70||2005-06-11||2||2:46||Glendale, Arizona, USA|
|Win||8-1||Jesse Bongfeldt||TKO (Punches)||WFF 7 - Professional Shooto||2004-07-23||1||4:12||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||7-1||Kyle Bradley||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||FF - Fight Factory||2004-06-26||2||2:34||USA|
|Win||6-1||Kyle Sprouse||Submission (Choke)||RITC 63||2004-06-12||1||1:47||Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
|Win||5-1||Garett Davis||Submission (Triangle Choke)||WFF 6 - World Freestyle Fighting 6||2004-05-14||1||3:52||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|NC||4-1||James Upshur||No Contest||RITC 61||2004-04-30||2||N/A||Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
|Win||4-1||Jarvis Brennaman||Submission (Triangle Choke)||ECS - Evolution||2003-07-19||1||1:22||Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
|Win||3-1||David Klein||Submission (Choke)||RITC 50||2003-07-12||3||1:56||Tucson, Arizona, USA|
|Win||2-1||Justin Nauling||Submission (Armbar)||RITC 49||2003-06-07||2||0:38||Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
|Loss||1-1||Jesse Moreng||Decision (Unanimous)||RITC 47||2003-06-07||3||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
|Win||1-0||Carlos Ortega||Decision (Unanimous)||RITC 46||2003-03-27||3||3:00||Tempe, Arizona, USA|
|5th WEC Lightweight Champion
February 13, 2008 - January 10, 2010