Jamie Varner and Kamal Shalorus Fight to a Highly Questionable Draw
Edmonton, Canada (Sunday, June 20, 2010) – World Extreme Cagefighting made its international debut tonight when Rexall Place in Edmonton, Canada, served as the host site for WEC 49, an event which aired live to a worldwide audience on Versus TV. The card was full of entertaining bouts, but none more so than an extremely questionable draw in the main event between former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner (16-3-1) and undefeated Iranian fighter Kamal Shalorus (6-0-2).
“I’m pretty sure I broke my left foot, broke my right hand, but I’m not gonna lie. I think that was bogus,” Varner said of the judges’ decision. “I definitely feel like I won the fight, but you know what? Kamal Shalorus is now the toughest guy you have heard of, and I have much respect for this guy. He’s a great fighter, and not only is he a great fighter, he’s an even better gentleman.”
While Varner had nothing but kind words to say about Shalorus after the fight, he may have had something much different to say if you asked him during the three rounds in the cage. This bout had to be stopped three times mid-round due to low kicks to the groin by Shalorus, including twice in the second round when he had a point taken away on the scorecards. During his post-fight interview, Shalorus stated they were “just by accident” to which someone yelled back, “All three times?!”
“I swear I’m not like that,” Shalorus remarked. “I’m (a) warrior. I don’t cheat. I tried to cut down his feet. That was my game plan.”
It could be argued that Varner won all three rounds, but one would certainly think he should have taken the point in the first two rounds of the night at least. From the opening bell, Shalorus was focused on slowing Varner with kicks, while Varner worked his jab to set up his combos. The fight never went to the ground until the third frame, with the first two plus rounds showcasing some superior stand-up from both competitors. Varner appeared to shake Shalorus with a hard right punch on a few occasions in this bout, but his opponent seemingly regrouped fairly quickly from any damage each time.
While some heavy exchanges were delivered throughout this entertaining affair, Varner appeared to get the better on most of the blows. When you combined his impressive effort with the extra point he acquired in the second round, most people watching the fight likely saw the Arizona fighter taking the victory, but the judges saw it differently with scores of 29-27, 27-29 and 28-28.
As UFC President Dana White is notorious for saying, “Never leave it in the judges’ hands.”