There’s a decent amount of controversy and complaining coming out of last night’s WEC show regarding the Jamie Varner vs Rob McCullough fight. About a minute into the third round, McCullough landed a brutal shot to Varner’s jaw that popped Varner’s mouthpiece out. Razor Rob pushed the pace and tried to finish Varner while he was injured, but when Varner slipped out of range for a second he called a time out to get his mouthguard.
Yes, you read that right. Varner did the time out signal with his hands, and McCullough stepped back and let him get his mouthguard. This gave Varner enough time to sort his marbles out, and he went on to win the fight.
Most people are concentrating on how what Varner did was against the rules and cheap and blah blah blah. I’m not 100% sure if this was technically against the rules (the closest I can see it coming to is #29 – timidity), and I’m not gonna deny it was pretty cheap. But it was also fucking smart on Varner’s part, and for all you McCullough fans: It’s your boy’s fault he stepped back and actually fell for it.