May 24, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jamie Varner (red) sits on the mat unable to continue his fight against James Krause (blue) after hurting his ankle during their UFC 173 bantamweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Krause won his bout by TKO. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Chael Sonnen apologizes to Jamie Varner for questioning injury


This past weekend at UFC 173, Jamie Varner lost his third fight in a row due to a nasty ankle injury sustained in the first round against James Krause. Varner fought valiantly after injuring his foot in the opening stanza, but could not continue once the round finished.

According to the UFC 173 medical suspensions, Varner could be out for up to 180 days or until his foot is cleared by a doctor. Although the injury seemed pretty clear cut on the broadcast, Chael Sonnen questioned Varner’s injury on Fox Sports 1:

We’re led to believe that Varner had hurt his ankle in that last exchange. I’m not ready to tell the fans that, guys. That’s just not what I saw. Every Jamie Varner fight seems to have a moment like this, where a picture is being painted very early on. We don’t see Jamie Varner in very many fights that just have a good, clean outcome. Whether he’s the most unlucky ever, or this is the boy that called wolf, I don’t know. But this (has seemed) to happen for the last six years.

Obviously Sonnen was out of place when he said this, and he reached out to Varner afterwards to apologize for his comments:

Varner also posted a screenshot of the text messages sent back and forth between the two:
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Here is to hoping Varner has a quick and speedy recovery.

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