The main card of tonight's (Sat., May 24, 2014) UFC 173: "Barao vs. Dillashaw" pay-per-view (PPV) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, kicked off with a lightweight lowdown pitting veteran banger Jamie Varner opposite former Ultimate Fighter contestant James Krause.
The two came out throwing big punches early and, surprisingly, it was Krause who was lighting his opponent up, landing clean and heavy with punches and kicks, most notably a front kick that burned Varner.
At one point in the opening minutes, Varner's leg appeared to give out. Color commentator Joe Rogan diagnosed him with a foot issue.
That didn't stop him from scoring a takedown and doing some damage from on top.
Somehow, Varner survive to the end of the first round, battling as hard as he could to score a knockout or a finish before he knew the bout would be stopped once they went to the break. Sure enough, that's exactly what happened, giving Krause the victory by way of technical knockout.
Replays showed Varner's ankle appeared to be badly dislocated, leading to the stoppage.
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