Two incredibly exciting Lightweight mixed martial arts (MMA) talents, Jamie Varner and Abel Trujillo, will go toe-to-toe TONIGHT (Sat., Feb. 1, 2014) at UFC 169, opening the pay-per-view (PPV) event from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Both men are solid 155-pound fighters, both of whom could surely benefit from a win, which means neither will hold anything back in their scrap later this evening.
Varner, a veteran of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) -- with more than 30 professional MMA fights -- has seen it all in this sport. He has faced notable fighters as Ben Henderson, Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon, among many others, demonstrating that he is competent no matter where a fight ends up. Varner's striking style focuses on his boxing, which is quite honed considering how hard he pushes the pace sometimes.
Indeed, his precision and power could mean big problems for some lightweights, as it did for Edson Barboza when Varner turned his career upside-down in his return to UFC in 2012.
Trujillo, a Blackzilians-trained fighter, brings with him to the Octagon some serious fight-ending power. His knees and kicks are brutal, packing very heavy punches with both hands. His finish over Marcus LeVesseur at UFC on Fox 5 is perhaps one of the most cringe-worthy finishes I've seen in a long time, as Trujillo punished LeVesseur's body with knees on the ground before the referee had to step in.
He is more than capable of finishing the fight with strikes from any position as seen in his last bout with Roger Bowling, during which he landed hard shots throughout the fight en route to a stoppage victory in round two.
This fight will be very interesting ... from multiple angles.
If Varner can take the fight to the ground, don't be surprised to see him dominate Trujillo; however, it probably won't be being that easy. Despite what Khabib Nurmagomedov did to him, Trujillo is solid in the wrestling department and is pretty good at thwarting takedowns and getting back to his feet. And there is also always the threat of a big knee or upper cut as Varner changes levels for a takedown, which could spell trouble.
If this fight plays out on the feet, which is what I expect, it will be a very fun scrap. Varner and Trujillo are both tough as nails and rarely quit, but they also press forward and look for finishes all the time. It could be one of those fights in which both fighters take and give some good shots, making an epic slugfest for the fans to enjoy.
And that's the fight I predict we can look forward to later tonight -- a wild striking war between two men who don't want to quit.
Varner and Trujillo have the ability to put on a classic match up when they collide at "The Rock." They will both look to land as early and often as possible, and will definitely come out looking for a finish. In other words, expect an awesome fight to open the UFC 169's PPV.
Perhaps even the "Fight of the Night."